Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Treatment for Depression
Lakeview Health offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as part of our comprehensive treatment for patients who suffer from both addiction and depression.
What Is TMS Therapy?
TMS is an acronym for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. TMS therapy is an FDA approved, noninvasive procedure that utilizes a state of the art Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation device which applies highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain that may be underactive in patients with depression. TMS therapy is typically used when traditional depression treatment methods haven’t been effective.
How Does TMS Work?
During a TMS therapy session, an electromagnet is placed against your scalp near your forehead. The electromagnet noninvasively sends a magnetic pulse which begins to stimulate nerve cells in the region of your brain responsible for mood control and depression. TMS has proven to stimulate activity in these regions of the brain in people with depression.
The stimulation appears to affect how this part of the brain is working, which in turn seems to ease depression symptoms and improve mood. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat depression involves delivering repetitive magnetic pulses, also known as repetitive TMS or rTMS for short.
Typical TMS Therapy Session
- First, the doctor will identify the best place to put the magnets on your head and the optimal level of magnetic energy for you.
- Then, you’ll sit in a comfortable reclining chair and given earplugs to wear during the procedure.
- The electromagnet will be placed against your head and switched off and on repeatedly to produce stimulating pulses. This results in a tapping or clicking sound that usually lasts for a few seconds, followed by a pause.
- The doctor determines the level of energy required by increasing the magnetic dosage until your fingers or hands twitch. Known as your motor threshold, this is used as a reference point in determining the right dose for you. During a series of treatments, the level of stimulation can be modified depending on any symptoms and side effects.
Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Right For Me?
If you have depression, TMS treatment is one of the many available treatments at Lakeview Health. Every patient at Lakeview Health has a comprehensive evaluation to determine if they have depression. About 30% of people with addictions have depression. Treatment of depression improves the outcomes of addiction therapy and improves quality of life.
Patients are provided Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy and non-addictive antidepressant medications for the treatment of depression. While these treatments are often very helpful, not every person responds to these treatments. That is when TMS should be considered. TMS is an excellent treatment option when other treatments are inadequate.