TMS Health Solutions are mental health professionals dedicated to researching, teaching, and treating psychiatric disorders. This article covers the innovative treatment for “clinical depression” – Major Depressive Disorder. The Center for Disease Control has stated that 14%-17% of the adult population will suffer from Major Depressive Disorders within their lifetime.
The Depressive Disorders are serious illnesses with a variety of symptoms and treatment options. It is a complicated process to find the treatment that works, for everyone has different symptoms and body chemistry. Fortunately, the professionals at the TMS Health Solutions in California have been part of the research and implementation process for the innovative therapy of “TMS – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.”. TMS is having success with the group of individuals with “TRD -Treatment-Resistant Depression .” This group can encompass 40% of the individuals suffering from depressive disorders.
TMS Health Solutions have helped many of the TRD group regain their sense of self and find relief from depression. Following is a look at three of the treatments for depressive disorders.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has FDA approval. It is a non-invasive therapy that helps the ones who have not responded to antidepressants or other treatments. It is a method of brain stimulation therapy emitting electromagnetic pulses to the brain. Mood regulation areas of the brain have the pulses flowing through them to stimulate the nerves consecutively. TMS is repeated daily for 30 – 60 minutes per session for four to eight weeks. This treatment requires no sedation, and one can resume their normal daily activities following the session.
It is not the same as the older treatment of ECT – electroconvulsive therapy, also known as “Shock Therapy.” Shock therapy is more intense with the goal of causing seizures with the hopes of decreasing the depression symptoms. This treatment the client would need general anesthesia and muscle relaxers, along with supervised recovery time. Potential side effects could include confusion and memory loss.
The other primary treatment approach is the use of medication for depression. The difference from TMS is medications are pharmaceutical drugs that circulate through the patient’s bloodstream. There are several possible side effects from medication, such as dry mouth, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, upset stomach, drowsiness, to name a few. Sometimes there is a need for the combination of TMS sessions and the use of medication. Treatment for each person is individualized, and it depends solely on how each patient responds.