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Mental wellness involves caring for your brain – as it is directly related to your physical health. Mental health includes a person’s emotional, spiritual, psychological, and social wellbeing. Your mental wellness can be greatly affected by biological factors (genes, brain chemistry), life experiences, trauma or abuse, or a family history of mental illness.
Fortunately, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals now have more advanced treatment options for various mental health disorders. These newer treatment approaches, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and Spravato®, offer hope for remission from debilitating conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
What Is TMS
TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS is the most advanced form of treatment for several mental health conditions.
At present, TMS is FDA-approved for both major depressive disorder (MDD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Although FDA-approved for both conditions, most insurances cover TMS for the treatment of MDD when antidepressant medications have not provided symptom relief. However, there are still only a few insurances to date that cover TMS for the treatment of OCD. It is expected that most insurance networks will soon cover TMS for OCD.
TMS is considered a very safe and effective, brief outpatient therapy. TMS does not require sedation or medications of any kind. Unlike electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and medications, there is no shock delivered, no systemic side effects, no memory loss, and downtime. In fact, with TMS, the only associated side effects may include discomfort at the treatment site or a mild headache that can be relieved with over-the-counter medications.
Following TMS, patients can immediately return to driving, work, school, or regular daily activities.
Take a look at the below videos for a more comprehensive overview of TMS therapy.
What is TMS Therapy?
While most patients are familiar with psychotherapy, medications, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and other forms of therapy, many are not familiar with TMS therapy (transcranial magnetic stimulation). TMS is a non-invasive, outpatient treatment that uses magnetic fields, similar to an MRI, to stimulate a targeted area in the brain to improve symptoms of depression and other mental health conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) anxiety.
TMS Therapy Basics
While TMS therapy can be used for various mental health and neurological conditions, when used specifically for depression, the precise area to be treated is located just above the left eyebrow. This area is called the left prefrontal cortex. The treatment is typically completed in approximately 20 minutes while relaxing in a dental-like chair. During a treatment session, a magnetic impulse is used to stimulate the neurons (cells) in the targeted area of the brain to “wake up” these cells to start performing their job. The number of treatments typically ranges from 20-36 sessions over several weeks depending on the condition being treated, the protocol prescribed by the psychiatrist, and the patient’s response to treatment.
- Is not ECT (electromagnetic therapy)
- It does not produce any shock to induce a seizure
- It does not cause memory loss
- Does not cause any systemic side effect, such as those often caused by medications
- It does not require sedation or any other medications
- Does not cause any downtime and patient immediately return to their normal daily activities, including driving
- It does not require hospitalization and is a brief outpatient therapy typically done in a physician’s office or in
a hospital outpatient center
“TMS is a safe and highly effective therapy for many patients suffering from depression, anxiety, and OCD; however, like medications, it doesn’t work for every patient.”
While TMS therapy can lead to significant symptom relief and even remission for many patients, like medications, it does not work for everyone. TMS Directory recognizes that you may read various articles, patient testimonials, and other content about TMS; however, our goal is to help our site visitors learn the facts about TMS treatment. Several factors can influence a patient’s outcome, such as correct diagnosis, current medications while receiving TMS, medication changes during treatment, proper placement of the TMS magnetic coil, and other factors. Therefore, we caution our visitors not to base their potential outcome on another patient’s testimonial’s negative or positive experience. Instead, we encourage that you speak to a TMS-certified psychiatrist who can conduct a thorough evaluation and make recommendations based on your specific circumstances. TMS therapy can be highly effective and bring about long-term remission from depressive and OCD symptoms for the right candidate.
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