Five Major Facts about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy

Anyone who has long been suffering from depression may not get better with the use of anti-depressant medication. As per the FDA, around 10% of depression patients normally require additional treatment. This means the use of TMS can be highly critical to ease the depression symptoms in these individuals.

TMS is now one of the safest and non-invasive procedures and here are five major facts about it.

  1. TMS make the use of electromagnetic pulses to stimulate nerves in a particular region of the brain. These pulses are generated from an electromagnetic coil, placed against the patient’s scalp during the procedure.
  2. It helps to restore the brain function. Since depression impacts different interconnected brain regions, responsible for mood regulatory network, this network becomes dysfunctional in the patients of depression. TMS helps to restore the mood regulatory network while minimizing the depression symptoms
  3. The TMS procedure is quick as well as painless. It is the biggest advantage of TMS as the electromagnetic current applied on patient’s head is pain-free. The TMS sessions can be performed daily and up to 6 weeks, depending on the achieved results. The procedure has minimal and temporary side effects and is not longer than 30 minutes.
  4. Some of the common side effects of TMS therapy include lightheadedness, scalp discomfort, headache, and spasms or tingling of the facial muscles. In case you experience long-term effects, always discuss the issue with your healthcare professional.
  5. The successful completion of TMS ensures improvement as well as the elimination of depression symptoms entirely. It takes a few days to evidently show the symptom relief. Some patients who have suffered from chronic depression for years may require repetitive TMS before experiencing the positive results.

Just like any other treatment, the procedure should only be performed by an experienced psychiatrist so that condition can be evaluated professionally and before the patient undergoes TMS therapy.