TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)

Major depression is a complex mental disorder that greatly impacts a person’s quality of life. It also often requires multiple treatment modalities to manage symptoms and generate improvement. Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS is an advanced technology in the treatment of major depression that has produced excellent results in some patients.

A non-invasive procedure, TMS uses highly focused magnetic currents, similar to the magnetic pulses delivered during an MRI, to stimulate the areas of the brain that have been found to be inactive in patients diagnosed with depression. While TMS is an effective treatment for depression, it is primarily found to be helpful in patients that are resistant to traditional methods of depression treatment such as talk therapy or medication. It is also a viable option for those who have experienced side effects from these treatments or have not seen significant relief from their symptoms.

Depression

IS TMS RIGHT FOR ME?

TMS works to balance the brain chemistry resulting in reducing depression symptoms and improving overall mood, energy and concentration.

Are you currently experiencing symptoms of depression or mood swings similar to the following:

  • Sadness
  • Low self esteem
  • Increased feelings of hopelessness
  • Irritability and loss of interest in activities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Having difficulty sleeping

TMS has not been used to treat other mental health disorders at this time, but if you are dealing with symptoms of major depression and traditional treatments have not been effective for you, TMS may be an option to consider.

I Want To Know More About TMS: “Medication and talk therapy weren’t helping my depression and I was at the end of my rope. Avalon Integrative Wellness offered TMS as an option, and it has changed my life!” -P.N.

HOW THE TREATMENT WORKS

TMS treatments last approximately 40 to 45 minutes and are performed multiple days a week for four to six weeks. Patients sit in a comfortable chair with earplugs in and a magnetic coil is placed across their head. When the machine begins to operate, you will hear clicking noises and feel some tapping on the forehead, but the process is not usually uncomfortable. Some patients experience a mild headache or scalp irritation, which is typically temporary and easily tolerated during the procedure. You will remain alert throughout the treatment session and you can return to your routine immediately afterward.

BENEFITS OF TMS

TMS is not typically recommended as a first course of treatment to patients that are diagnosed with major depression. In fact, insurance companies usually do not cover the procedure until other treatment modalities have been tried without success. However, for those who find that traditional treatment does not provide the desired relief from symptoms, TMS offers numerous benefits:

  •      Evidence-based therapy
  •      A non-drug approach to depression symptoms
  •      Tolerated well by nearly all patients with little to no side effects
  •      The patient remains awake during treatment, no risks associated with anesthesia
  •      No adverse impact on patient’s sleep or memory habits
  •      Covered by most insurance plans
  •      Non-invasive treatment
  •      No change in daily activities required
  •      Option for patients that experience severe side effects with medication

IS TMS SAFE?

TMS is performed as outpatient therapy and has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for depression. The procedure is not invasive, has few side effects and offer positive results to patients that have not found relief from symptoms through other treatment modalities.

TMS TREATMENT AT AVALON INTEGRATIVE WELLNESS

Avalon Integrative Wellness offers TMS to patients in search of an effective depression treatment that have not found relief through other treatment options. The procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with other services through our wellness center. To learn more about this service or others available at our facility, contact Avalon Integrative Wellness today at 855-781-1790.