San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is now offering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatments for adults ages 18 and older who suffer from severe depression. TMS is an outpatient procedure ideal for patients where medication is no longer as effective. TMS is also a good option for active duty military wanting to continue their military careers. TMS therapy is a proven, effective treatment alternative for those who fall within the treatment-resistant category. San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is the first private hospital to offer this service. TMS is offered as an outpatient procedure and is covered by some insurances as well as case payment options are offered.
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy is a series of repetitive and highly focused magnetic pulses that are designed to stimulate brain cells. It is a non-invasive outpatient procedure that’s performed at SABH by a medical doctor and technician specialized in TMS treatment.
You will meet with a psychiatrist to determine if you are a candidate for TMS and a brain mapping will be completed prior to beginning treatment. With TMS, depressed patients are shown to have reduced electrical activity in certain areas of the brain, TMS directly focuses on the area of the brain which are contributing to the major depression. TMS therapy essentially re-awakens these cells.
Approximately 58% of patients with treatment-resistant Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), respond positively to TMS therapy, showing reduced symptoms of depression. The effectiveness solely depends on the individual’s condition and prior treatment outcomes.
What can I expect during a TMS treatment?
After your initial meeting with the psychiatrist, and a treatment plan is created, the treatments will begin. A magnetic coil is placed on designated areas of your head. on your head. You will be awake throughout the duration of the 40-minute treatment, you may feel a slight tingling from the coil. After treatment is complete, you will be able to drive yourself home and resume your normal daily activities.
TMS treatments are generally administered 5 days per week over a 6-week period. It is a safe and well-tolerated procedure showing very mild to moderate, short term side effects including scalp discomfort and mild headaches.
Am I a candidate for TMS treatment?
If you or your loved one suffers from severe depression that cannot be managed well by medication, TMS treatment is an appropriate option for you. Adults with MDD who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from antidepressant medications should talk to the San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital staff about TMS therapy options.
TMS is not recommended for people with the following metal or implanted medical devices:
- Aneurysm clips or coils
- Implanted vagus nerve or deep brain stimulators
- Electrodes for monitoring brain activity
- Cochlear implants for hearing
- Implanted stimulators
- Magnetic implants
- Bullet fragments
- Implanted electrical devices including medication pumps and pacemakers
If you or your loved one is suffering from severe depression without improvement from medication and other treatment types, contact San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital today to discuss TMS depression therapy options. To learn more about the SABH TMS program, or for a confidential assessment, please call 210-541-5350.
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