Is TMS Therapy Right for Me?
TMS Therapy is a non-invasive, non-drug treatment using FDA-cleared TMS devices indicated for individuals diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), who have failed to have received satisfactory improvement from anti-depressant medications. Aside from the potential for mild headaches, a ‘downside’ is that TMS must be repetitive in order to be effective. This means that the patient must come come in for treatment 5 days a week for 6-8 weeks. Yes, it is a time committment, however the results are worth it.
TMS Therapy is contraindicated in individuals with implanted metallic devices or non-removable metallic objects in or around the head. Additionally, individuals with seizure disorders or epilepsy are at risk when receiving magnetic stimulation. Schedule a visit with our doctor to determine your eligibilty for TMS treatment.
Effectiveness of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Clinical trials have proven the effectiveness of TMS in treating major depression. One review of 42 TMS clinics in the United States reported that 60% of people receiving treatment reported improvement and 37% reported full remission. In ‘real world’ scenarios, multiple clinics have reported 60-70% remission and 60-90% response rate as the patients are also on multiple medications, psychotherapy, etc, unlike the research trial setting.
Researchers are studying whether “booster” sessions can be helpful in reducing the risk of depression relapse. Your doctor will decide the best way to administer such sessions. They are also studying whether engaging in an activity such as cognitive behavioral therapy while receiving TMS treatment can provide the biggest benefit to brain cells.
If you are receiving multiple TMS sessions, it may take several weeks for your depressive symptoms to decrease. Talk to your doctor about whether they recommend ongoing maintenance sessions once the therapy is completed. It is possible if you have another depressive episode in the future to return for further TMS treatments.