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Cure Depression without Medication ~ What’s TMS treatment?

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Quite often when you suffer from depression, you may find little relief from prescribed medications or even therapy sessions.

This is not so for all cases, but if you’re reading this article, chances are you are one of these individuals who have yet to find relief from your symptoms.

Occasionally you may experience short relief of the symptoms on “up” days, but soon you could slip back into the depressive state when experiencing a “low” day. It’s a terrible feeling when no matter what medication or therapy you try, it doesn’t work.

Perhaps you end up “making peace” with the fact that you will most probably feel this way for the rest of your life.

The good news is that now there is an alternative approach available for you to try. You don’t have to be “stuck” with depression for the rest of your life!
Did you know that you can cure depression without medication?
Don’t believe me?
Read on and you’ll see!

It’s called TMS treatments. You may wonder what’s TMS treatment or perhaps you’ve heard of this before but want to learn more about this form of treatment.

Join AnxietyPanda as she delves into the world of TMS treatments and learns more about this fascinating procedure.

What’s TMS Treatment?

TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. This is an entirely non-invasive form of therapy that is FDA approved in the United States and also approved in many European and other countries around the world.

Repetitive magnetic impulses are used to stimulate the nerve cells in your brain and this helps to fight the depression.

Treatment is administered by placing an electromagnetic coil against your head, near the forehead. The device then sends magnetic pulses to the areas of the brain that deal with moods and depression.

Don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing besides a light tapping sensation. The process is completely painless with no invasive implants needed at all.

* Do not confuse TMS with ECT (Electroconvulsive or “shock” therapy). ECT is also a highly effective treatment, however, it is known for its side-effects in relation to memory and cognitive functioning. ECT is done under general anesthesia and brief seizures are intentionally triggered as small electric currents are passed through the brain.

Currently, there are two main types of TMS available – Surface TMS and Deep TMS, with Surface TMS being the older of the two.

Surface TMS uses a small size figure-8 coil that can send magnetic impulses into the skull to about 0.6 inches deep.

Deep TMS uses a larger H-coil which allows the magnetic impulses to penetrate deeper into the brain, up to 1.6 inches below the skull.

The machines produce a loud sound with each impulse and you will be given earplugs to wear during the treatment to protect your hearing.

No significant difference has been established between the outcomes of the two.

Small differences in your treatment experience have been listed in the graphic below.

Surface TMS and Deep TMS


After a treatment session with either method, you will be able to continue with your day as normal. You will experience no side-effects on your memory or mental clarity at all, unlike the sedation aftereffects of ECT.

Are there any side effects for TMS treatments?

TMS does not require sedation, surgery, or implantation of any electrodes and therefore have very little if any, side effects.

In rare cases, you may experience mild cases of:

* Headaches

* Discomfort of the scalp at the area where the pulses where administered

* Tingling or twitching of facial muscles

* Lightheadedness

These side effects should diminish and clear up with minor adjustments and as you continue with your treatments.

There is not yet enough evidence and studies to confirm if TMS causes any long-term side effects.

“Feelings are something you have, not something you are.”

Shannon L. Alder

How long does the procedure take?

Before starting treatment you will require a physical exam and psychiatric evaluation by a medical professional.

Be sure to notify your doctor of any metal implants (stents, cochlear implants, pacemakers, etc.) that you may have.

Your treatment session will vary depending on the type of procedure (surface or deep) and coil used.

Typically, a session can last anything from 20 to 40 minutes.

You will need to attend 5 sessions a week for up to 4-6 weeks. Treatment may be repeated if the desired results were not initially realized.

In 2018, the FDA also approved a new TMS device, called The Express Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation device.

It will treat your disorder in only 3 minutes a session! This is great for those of us who can’t necessarily cut out 30 minutes of our day for 5 days a week!

How effective is TMS?

If you’re at a stage where you have tried therapy and/or a plethora of different medications to no avail, you’re probably not very positive about the effectiveness of TMS.

But, numerous studies (see here, here, here, and here) have been concluded successfully over the last few years and the results prove that TMS has shown success rates even in those for who medication or therapy did not work!

Best of all, many of those patients also went into remission and the condition never returned for them!

For an account of a patient’s experiences before and after TMS, watch the short YouTube video below:

Conclusion

Unlike Anxiety, Depression can be cured. For many, standard treatments aren’t enough and TMS is an excellent procedure to go for if no other approaches have worked for you in the past.

The treatment is covered by most private health insurers and with little to no side effects, there is really nothing stopping you from living a life free from depression. Contact your health provider today!

AnxietyPanda hopes that all your “what’s TMS treatment” questions have been answered and that you’ve learnt more about how to cure depression without medication. If you have further questions or would like to share your experiences with TMS with us, please feel free to do so in the comment section below!

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  1. This is very informative! It is good to know that there is an alternative treatment for depression besides medication. This is worth sharing. Cheers!

  2. Musbau Shittu Musbau Shittu

    Thanks for this wonderful life saving review on curing depression without medication, my cousin is always depressed since he lost his mom and dad in a road accident, he is always depressed and unhappy every time because he believed there no one left for him. But don’t you think the TMS treatment would affect ones ear because of the the loud sound it produce.
    Thanks for the review I am surely going to give it a thought.

  3. mhasanalvi mhasanalvi

    Hi,

    Thank You very much for sharing such an informative article with all the necessary information. 

    I like this article very much.I have been suffering from depression for so many years.I have used so many medicine and treatment to cured my depression.But all were in vain.One of my friend told me about TMS treatment that it is great worthy treatment for get free from depression.But i wasn’t learned properly about this TMS treatment.After reading this article i have gained all the thorough details in this purpose.There is little or no particular side effect in this treatment which has impressed me the most.I am very excited to do this TMS treatment and i believe after that i am going to be free from my depression.This article is very helpful for those people who are suffering from depression as you highlighted the article so nicely.I will share this article with my friends and relatives so that they can be familiar with this great TMS treatment.

  4. Carmen Carmen

    Hi

    Most of us experience depression 3-4 times in life; it triggers at times when stress has exceeded the acceptability limit of everyone; there are drug treatments and alternative treatments; I am for the alternative; I did not know about TMS with its two forms, but it looks good, especially as you say it has no significant side effects; thanks for posting

  5. Mustapha Ibrahim Mustapha Ibrahim

    For people with depression who have not benefited from antidepressant medication, NeuroStar TMS Therapy can offer hope use the locator to find a doctor with NeuroStar Advanced Therapy.

    NeuroStar TMS Therapy may not be right for everyone, so talk to a NeuroStar physician to learn more about how this proven alternative depression treatment has helped other people with their depression, and whether it may help you or your loved one.

  6. ajibola40 ajibola40

    Thanks for writing this nice article on how to cure depression without medication. Firstly, I find this article informative and educative on some aspects I don’t know about depression yet. I have a member of my family is suffering from depression and I know bad it has affecting him and we his family.for some times now he has been going to psychiatric,reading this article really get me hope high that there is something I can do more for him by making him read this article and see maybe we can get a solution from there without using medication 

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