TMS Therapy is a non-invasive, non-drug treatment using FDA-cleared TMS devices indicated for individuals diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), otherwise called Depression who have failed to have received satisfactory improvement from anti-depressant medications. Biggest ‘downside’ is the 30 minute time commitment and the need to visit the office daily for the course of TMS brain rejuvenation/rehab therapy (somewhat similar to going for physical therapy sessions).
TMS Therapy is contraindicated in individuals with implanted metallic devices or non-removable metallic objects in or around the head.
Clinical trials have proven the effectiveness of TMS in treating major depression. One review of 42 TMS clinics in the United States reported that 58% 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