How Does TMS Work?

How Does TMS Work?

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is a profound new treatment, cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for individuals suffering from severe cases of depression. Previously, only traditional therapy and antidepressant treatment were found to satisfy the underlying issues causing depression, including the resulting symptoms. Today, there are more treatment options available. TMS, which stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation, has become a viable solution to treat depression.

TMS Basics

TMS Therapy is performed in a psychiatrist’s office. This treatment is non-invasive – There is no surgery involved. You do not require any anesthesia or sedation, and you remain fully awake and alert during the procedure. There are no systemic side effects – this method is non-oral, meaning nothing is taken by mouth, and no medication is delivered to the bloodstream.

TMS Treatment

The average TMS treatment consists of 5 sessions per week over 4-6 weeks. On average, you’ll undergo 35 treatments, each one lasting no more than 25 minutes. Your psychiatrist will determine the best duration and course of action. Some patients only have treatment sessions for 20 minutes, and the average varies from person to person.

How Does TMS Work?

First, a treatment coil is placed directly to the head above the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is the portion of the brain that regulates mood, and it is the location where magnetic fields will be focused. These fields do not affect the entire brain; only 2-3 centimeters beneath the coil. The magnetic currents activate brain cells to stimulate the release of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These chemicals bring balance to the brain, helping to relieve depression and increase mood.

Take advantage of this innovative treatment method for depression with Prime Behavioral Health. Schedule NeuroStar TMS Therapy by calling 817-778-8884!

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