Deep TMS therapy has been a pretty popular topic lately, as many are starting to realize its great and effective benefits on depressive symptoms. But, what is deep TMS therapy, and are you a good candidate for this type of treatment? Find out what TMS is, the benefits it offers, and whether or not it can help you on your journey to mental health wellbeing as we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about this type of therapy.
TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It’s a therapy that uses magnetic stimulation of the brain with special types of magnets that are placed onto the scalp. Then, these magnets are stimulated to send pulses through specific areas of the brain believed to be associated with the development of depressive symptoms. This helps to “reawaken” these areas of the brain which may not be functioning properly, leading to the development of depressive symptoms.
TMS is typically used in combination with other therapies used in the treatment planning process of depression. So, it’s usually administered after or in congruence with other methods including the use of psychiatric medications and behavioral therapies. So, if you’ve been diagnosed with a depressive disorder, have tried other types of therapy, or are using other types of therapy currently, you may be a good candidate for TMS.
First, the brain is mapped in order to identify any areas of the brain that are not functioning as they should be the result of developed depressive symptoms. Then, the patient is given earplugs so their ears are protected from the equipment during the session. Afterward, the TMS equipment is placed onto the scalp, which is essentially a helmet that houses the magnets. Once the machine is turned on, it makes similar, loud noises to an MRI machine as it sends the magnetic pulses through the brain. Sessions are completely harmless and are not invasive at all.
Different patients may have different lengths of treatment sessions as this varies depending on the number of magnetic pulses and the magnetic coils utilized in the treatment process. However, typically, sessions are about 30 – 45 minutes each. And, patients can expect to get TMS therapy sessions up to 5 days a week. And, treatment to last about 5 to 6 weeks to experience the most impactful and lasting results.
TMS is available on an outpatient basis, so you don’t have to get administered into a hospital or residential treatment setting to take advantage of this type of therapy. Furthermore, as treatments are quick and painless, there is no downtime. This means you can go about daily life as soon as treatments conclude. Therefore, making TMS a very useful treatment that is available for all types of lifestyles.
Most people don’t encounter any side effects from this type of treatment. However, there are a few side effects that can be experienced. For example, some people may experience a painful sensation on their scalp from the application. Another side effect is headaches, which usually dissipate after a few weeks of starting treatments. And, can be managed by taking over-the-counter medications like Tylenol.
Delray Center for Healing offers deep TMS therapy for individuals living with the symptoms of depression who want to add this type of therapy to their treatment plan. We offer outpatient services to help people living with mental health issues, including depression, to get the help they need. Find out more about our mental health services and how we can help on our website.