Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Treatment for Major Depression
TMS therapy has a unique approach as an antidepressant.
First, it is not a drug, nor does it have the same side effects associated with drugs.
TMS uses a pulsed magnetic field to activate brain cells that are underactive, and thought to be the cause of depression.
This approach to treating depression is scientifically sound. The brain cell, also called a neuron, is a cell that communicates by chemical and electrical messengers.
You may recognize the names of these chemical messengers- dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.
These are the same messengers that antidepressant medications target to relieve depression.
This means that neuronal activity can be improved either chemically, by medications, or electrically, by TMS.
TMS therapy has been administered over 1 million times since FDA clearance in 2008.
TMS takes typically 3 to 6 weeks to begin to relieve depression.
It is administered daily and generally takes about 15 to 30 minutes per session.
It is important to note that TMS Therapy is NOT Electroconvulsive Therapy and does NOT have the side effects associated with ECT.
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