15 Jul How TMS Therapy Helps Depression
Theologian C.S. Lewis once said that “mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also harder to bear.” Fortunately, scientists continue to develop treatments to help alleviate symptoms associated with depression.
Thanks to advanced developments in neuroscience, these treatments have evolved to include therapies like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). How can this innovative therapy help those suffering from depression?
What is Depression?
The National Institute of Mental Health defines depression as a mood disorder that affects the way you feel and think. The disorder also affects how you experience daily activities like sleeping, working, and eating. Depression is not the result of a character flaw or weakness.
Why is it Important to Treat Depression?
The brain is responsible for emotional processing and some personality traits. Real changes happen when the root causes of an issue are addressed. Synapse Human Performance Center performs brain-targeted therapies to treat these root causes.
Fortunately, depression is often a very treatable condition. Treatment types include medications, psychotherapy, and brain stimulation.
What is TMS Therapy?
TMS therapy is a painless, non-invasive brain stimulation treatment that applies a focused magnetic pulse to targeted areas of the brain related to mood. One of the areas that studies have shown activation in using TMS is the prefrontal cortex. This area of the brain has been well-studied and has proven to have an association with feelings.
How Does TMS Work?
A magnetic coil will be placed against your head. Once the repetitive magnetic impulses pass through all the tissue and bony structures of the head, they will activate nerve cells. This allows the nerve cells to receive proper nutrients and oxygen, resulting in more appropriate functioning of the brain.
What Can Patients Expect?
Because we are all unique individuals, the length of treatment varies based on the individual needs of the patient. Patients can expect a consultation with one of our doctors to discuss the treatment plan that is most appropriate for them. Each individual treatment is typically 20-30 minutes long.
Scientists and healthcare professionals recommend TMS therapy to patients who have not had the success they desire with psychotherapy and medication.