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.
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:
* Discomfort of the scalp at the area where the pulses where administered
* Tingling or twitching of facial muscles
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:
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!