Overcoming depression can be a very difficult challenge. Although depression is highly treatable with antidepressant medication, not everyone benefits from this kind of treatment. Luckily, a new FDA approved, drug-free treatment option (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy) is available for those who suffer from major depression and are looking to break free from it.
TMS therapy is noninvasive and uses targeted magnetic pulses to electrically stimulate nerve cells that are known to control mood to relieve depression symptoms. Below are some of the benefits of TMS Therapy:
Safe and Secure
TMS therapy is FDA approved and noninvasive so it’s regarded as a safer option when compared to other treatment options. A trained TMS technician undergoes the process, and a qualified physician supervises them. This type of treatment has nearly mild or no side effects unlike antidepressant medication treatment that often has side effects that include nausea, weight gain or memory loss.
Treatment without Surgery
Another benefit patients suffering from depression have is this type of treatment does not involve surgical intervention. This makes it easy for those that are afraid to get under the knife. Typically, this noninvasive treatment process takes 4 to 6 weeks, where patients receive TMS 5 days a week and a typical session lasts 30 – 40 minutes.
Although it takes almost a month to complete the course, patients would start feeling better after every session. Furthermore, it means that slowly and gradually the process would start and you will witness the change.
High Success Rate
The most noteworthy benefit of this therapy is that treats many other disorders apart from depression. Studies have found that people with resistant depression who have undergone TMS therapy, have a 82% success rate in being treated and, on average, these patients have shown a 75% improvement of their depression symptoms. In addition, 50% of people treated with TMS have remained depression-free one year after treatment.
Although costs for TMS therapy can be high if uninsured, most insurance companies will cover TMS treatment if one is diagnosed with depression. This allows for TMS therapy to be a more affordable solution for those suffering from severe depression.
The bottom line is that patients who suffer from major depression and have taken antidepressant medication with no positive effect, should strongly consider TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy. This treatment is noninvasive, FDA approved with little to no side effects and studies have shown it to have high success rates with helping people overcome depression symptoms.
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