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Everything You Should Know About TMS Treatment for Depression



Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in America, yet it is still something that many people are ashamed to talk about openly. So, whether you realize it or not, chances are you know or love someone suffering from depression. There are many treatments available for major depression, particularly medication.  With many good medications on the market, often they work for a period of time; however, for some that is not the case.  Now there is an option for people who have tried multiple medications and they are no longer as effect to help with your depression.

For these individuals, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment is a viable option.  TMS has been proven to help with depression and even anxiety when medication is no longer as effective.

Defining TMS Treatment  

TMS treatment is a treatment option to help patients suffering from depression and anxiety. The treatment was approved by the FDA in 2008, and many patients have found it to be a welcome alternative to antidepressant drugs.

TMS is a non-invasive treatment, a magnet is used to stimulate mood-controlling nerve cells in the brain.  Initially, you will be evaluated for TMS and the treatment is done in the doctor’s office.  You will stay awake during the treatment.  There aren’t any effects of memory or sleep after the treatment, and patients can continue to go about their daily life after the therapy is done.

How Does TMS Treat Depression?

TMS utilized a magnet to target areas of the brain which control mood. By targeting areas that are underactive in people with depression, the magnet helps to balance chemicals and has a positive effect on neurotransmitter levels.

TMS treatment has minimal systemic side effects. The most common side effect is scalp pain or discomfort during the treatment, which subsides when the treatment is over.

Who is a Candidate for TMS Treatment?

Those who have suffered adverse effects of antidepressant drugs may be interested in trying TMS treatment for anxiety or depression. TMS is currently available to patients over the age of 18. Those who have metal implants, shrapnel in their head, facial tattoos with metallic ink, or have a history of seizures are not eligible for TMS treatment.

Learn More

If you’re interested in learning more about TMS treatment for anxiety or depression, contact us 210.541.5300 at San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. We’re happy to answer your questions about the therapy or give you more information about our admissions process. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help today, healing is what we do.