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What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, among adults aged 18 to 44, depression is the primary cause of disability. An estimated 21 million adults in the United States suffer from depression yearly. Modifying one’s way of life, engaging in therapeutic conversation, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and taking medicine are all effective means of dealing with depression, but they are far from the only ones available.

Since its inception in 1985, therapeutic interest in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has steadily grown. Revive Therapeutic Services also provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to combat depression.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy treats patients suffering from depression when antidepressants and other psychotherapies are ineffective. Psychiatrists at Revive Therapeutic Services can help you benefit from TMS therapy. 

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive treatment that targets particular brain areas with pulses of magnetic energy. TMS treatment is typically given as a series of sessions spanning 20-30 altogether. That’s around five sessions per week for four to six weeks. A magnetic coil is held against your skull during the treatment, and a gentle tapping noise may be audible. The magnetic energy is directed at a specific brain region that has been shown to control emotions.

How Does It Work?
An electromagnetic coil is held against the patient’s scalp, usually in the forehead area, during an TMS treatment. Without causing any discomfort, the electromagnet sends a magnetic pulse to the area of the brain responsible for regulating emotions and alleviating depression. It’s considered to activate parts of the brain that have diminished activity in depression.

Although the biological mechanisms by which TMS alleviates depression symptoms and boosts mood are not fully understood, the stimulation appears to have such an effect.

There are various methods for carrying it out, and practitioners will likely refine their techniques as they gain experience.

Why It’s Done?
Although there are effective therapies for depression, these don’t work for everyone. When conventional treatments like medication and psychotherapy (talk therapy) fail, repetitive TMS may be an option.

Common Side Effects
Most patients experience mild to moderate adverse effects, which subside after the first treatment session and disappear altogether after a few treatments. Possible examples are the following:

  • Headache
  • Pain on the stimulated area of the scalp
  • Facial tingling, spasms, or twitches
  • Lightheadedness

If you experience discomfort during the process, your doctor may consider taking over-the-counter pain medication or lowering the stimulation intensity.

Benefits of TMS Therapy

  1. Isn’t addictive
    Specific pharmaceutical therapies for mental health issues like depression and anxiety can be habit-forming. TMS is employed in various private rehab centers to aid addicts and alcoholics since it is entirely safe and is efficient in controlling substance addiction and other co-occurring diseases, including PTSD and bipolar.
  2. Effective and long-term results
    TMS has shown up to 70% effectiveness in treating mental health conditions, with 90% of patients still reporting positive effects 12 months after treatment has ended. As a bonus, it has shown promising results in individuals who did not initially respond favorably to antidepressant drugs.
  3. TMS is non-invasive
    TMS is an external therapy that poses no risk to the patient. There’s no need for electrode implants or invasive procedures. When used for diagnosis or treatment, a TMS machine sends a weak electromagnetic pulse or wave through the scalp into the brain, stimulating specific locations, including the cells responsible for mood control, which cause the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. The waves utilized are noninvasive, safe, and comfortable; they are analogous to those of an MRI scan.
  4. Fewer possible adverse effects- Antidepressants are a broad category of drugs that includes SSRIs and SNRIs. However, some people find it difficult to cope with the adverse effects of their medications. TMS therapy may be preferable to medicine if you haven’t been happy with the adverse effects of other treatments. Some patients do not feel anything at all during TMS therapy; even if they do, the results typically wear off quickly.

Providing Effective Treatments To Patients In Providence, Rhode Island
Revive Therapeutic Services now offers Transcranial Magnetic stimulation therapy. It gives us great pleasure to make this highly effective treatment available to the public and our patients. Our primary goal is to restore mental health, revitalization, and self-awareness.

We accomplish this by creating an atmosphere of safety, attentively listening to your issues, and developing a unique approach to treatment just for you. Get in touch with us to determine if the TMS therapy is correct for you.

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