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TMS for Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is one the most common complications of childbirth and occurs in approximately 10% to 15% after childbirth and adversely impacts maternal-child bonding. Pharmacotherapy is generally recommended as the primary treatment option. Still, the maternal concern of exposing their baby to psychotropic medications through breastfeeding prevents this as a viable option for many women.

Multiple studies have focused on utilizing transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as a non-psychotropic method for treating PPD. TMS may sound very intimidating, and many may associate it with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Still, in reality, it’s an extremely simple, non-invasive, and non-drug therapy that has improved millions of lives since it was first used as a depression treatment in the 1980s.

Unlike medications and ECT, TMS does not cause systemic side effects, and there is no anesthesia required, and no shock delivered.

Many women have received positives results when using TMS for treating their PPD. However, It is always best to speak with your doctor to determine whether TMS is the right treatment option for you, whether you’re pregnant or have recently given birth.

IS TMS SAFE WHILE BREASTFEEDING?
Yes. Research has found that TMS does not affect breastmilk. Mothers can safely resume breastfeeding after each TMS treatment session, with no downtime.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
The most common side effects associated with TMS are discomfort at the treatment site or headache. These are not debilitating and generally subside after the first few treatments.

HOW LONG IS THE TREATMENT?
A typical TMS session lasts approximately 20 minutes; however, some physicians have TMS systems that can deliver the treatment in less than 5 minutes; however, several treatment sessions in one day are required. Many patients who have received the standard 20 minutes sessions have reported a significant reduction in their depressive symptoms within as little as two weeks.

IS THERE DOWNTIME AFTER TREATMENT?
No, there is no downtime after a TMS treatment. Patients can return to normal activities immediately following a TMS treatment session.


ABOUT TMS DIRECTORY | TMS Directory connects TMS groups, communities, and individuals across the U.S.  Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a leading-edge technology that uses magnetic waves to gently stimulate nerve cells in the brain. Moreover, this is a non-invasive treatment most commonly used for the treatment of major depression.

TMS THERAPY | TMS therapy is a particularly useful tool for treatment-resistant depression in patients who have failed to respond to medication or other treatments.

TMS HELPS | If you are someone who suffers from depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, or another condition, and you are seeking TMS therapy as a treatment option – TMS Directory can connect you with someone in your area who specializes in treating these conditions with the most advanced forms of medicine.

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TMS for Postpartum Depression