TMS TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a treatment for depression that has been revolutionizing the field of clinical psychiatry.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has been FDA approved for treatment of depression since 2008, and has been used extensively across the world since then.
It is especially helpful for those who do not respond to antidepressants, as well as people who wish to avoid the side effects frequently caused by medications. TMS treatments occur on weekdays only and usually include 6 weeks of non-invasive, in-office treatments that take less than an hour each day, five days each week for approximately a total of 30 treatments.
Dr. Handoo offers TMS for patients at Psychiatry Associates of Kansas City.
What is TMS
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive method of stimulating neuro muscular tissue using strong, time varying magnetic fields to induce electrical currents. These can stimulate the cortex, spinal roots and peripheral nerves. Instead of using invasive electrical currents like in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), the magnetic pulses from TMS are similar in strength to those emitted during a typical MRI. The pulses are directed toward the prefrontal cortex of the brain to change the magnetic field and stimulate neurons within the mood center. This not only mitigates depression for a short time but can also result in long lasting relief.
Benefits of TMS
- Non-invasive—no anesthesia, electrodes or electrical current used
- Simple, in-office—administered by a technician and the patient can drive home afterward
- For treatment-resistant depression—those not helped by antidepressants can benefit
- No drug side effects—no reported nausea, weight gain, dry mouth or decreased sex drive
- Long-lasting--after initial 6 weeks, maintenance may or may not be needed later
HOW DOES TMS WORK
TMS treatment is performed in a doctor’s office, while the patient is fully awake and seated in a comfortable chair. Because the magnetic pulses make a sound similar to that of a woodpecker, earplugs are provided. The TMS device is then placed in the proper position on the head and the magnetic pulses are delivered. The process usually takes approximately 37 minutes per each TMS session.
Dr. Handoo administers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for patients in suite 354 at Psychiatry Associates of Kansas City.
It is relatively simple.
- Patient takes a seat
- Device is placed on the head
- Pulses are delivered for a short time
- Patient returns to daily activities