Stop suffering from treatment-resistant depression and start living your life
- Why should you continue to slog through the day, unable to feel joy or contentment?
- Why should you feel empty and detached from the people and activities you love?
- Why should you continue to take prescriptions that don’t help enough to offset the side effects?
- Why should you believe that your situation is hopeless and that you will never find the right treatment for your depression?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy can help by stimulating the nerve cells in your brain to relieve symptoms of depression. At Memor Health, you can receive this noninvasive outpatient procedure in a compassionate, empowering, and therapeutic environment.
There’s hope and help for treatment-resistant depression
Living with treatment-resistant depression can feel like traveling through the metaphorical tunnel without even the hope of seeing the light at the end. After years of trying approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or medication, it feels hopeless when nothing really seems to work. Will you ever feel better?
At Memor Health, we know how frustrating and demoralizing it can be to try to search and search for the right treatment for your depression. That’s why we’re adding Magstim® TMS Therapy for Depression to our offerings to help our patients. This noninvasive treatment can help individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) that doesn’t respond to psychotherapy, medication, or other holistic modalities. For many people, TMS can be the light at the end of the tunnel and help them find a place of ease.
How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy for depression works
If you have been diagnosed with MDD and medications are not working, or the side effects are intolerable, you should ask your doctor about TMS. At Memor Health, our experienced team will take the time to get to know you and your health history to understand what treatments will fit you best.
TMS is a noninvasive procedure performed in a doctor’s office or clinic, like Memor health. Treatment sessions last less than 45 minutes and are typically performed five days per week, over six weeks. After completing a series of treatment sessions, almost two out of three patients feel relief from their depression.
What’s the science behind Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy?
So, how does Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy help alleviate depression? We need to dig into how our brains work to understand how it works.
Our brains are a collection of nerve cells with trillions of connections that control our conscious and unconscious actions, including how we move, perceive the world, feel emotions, and process information. It relies on the activation of electrical impulses along nerve fibers that trigger biochemical changes at nerve junctions. A nerve cell fires when an electrical impulse travels along its lane. It communicates with other nerve cells by releasing neurotransmitters, which create electrical impulses in other cells. However, in depressed patients, the electrical activity in some brain regions can be reduced.
Scientists have discovered that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can change the electrical events occurring in the brain by using magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. For depression, TMS can stimulate nerve cells in the region of your brain involved in mood control and activate areas with decreased activity.
FAQs about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy for depression
What is it like to receive TMS therapy for depression?
During a TMS session, a focused electromagnetic coil is placed against your scalp near your forehead and delivers repetitive magnetic pulses o the targeted area of the brain. So, sometimes TMS is also called Repetitive TMS or RTMS.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is usually conducted in an outpatient setting like Memor Health. Treatment sessions last less than 45 minutes and are typically performed five days per week, over six weeks.
You will be seated in a comfortable chair, some measurements may be taken, and you may receive earplugs.
Your doctor will position the magnetic coil on your head, and treatment will begin. You may feel a moderate tapping on your head under the treatment coil, and you will remain awake and alert throughout treatment.
Following your session, you will be able to drive home, and you can resume normal activities for the rest of the day.
How is TMS different from ECT?
TMS and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) are effective in treating depression, but ECT is associated with more side effects and is significantly more intense.
ECT is performed in a hospital, and you must be anesthetized and restrained during the procedure. ECT works by applying a brief electrical pulse to the brain that medically induces a seizure.
Are there any side effects from Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?
TMS is a safe and well-tolerated treatment with very few side effects. Clinical studies show that the most common side effects are mild to moderate scalp discomfort and mild headaches, both of which are short term2
Am I eligible to receive TMS therapy for depression?
In the US, TMS therapy is appropriate for adults with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication in the current episode.
How much does Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation cost?
While a month-long treatment of TMS can cost $10,000 for one person, this therapy is covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare.
TMS therapy reviews and success stories
“I used to live my life totally within a level of black and white. And now I live in a world where I can see all the different colors. I can see joy. I can see sadness. I can see ecstasy. I can see pain. (TMS Therapy) gives me the opportunity to actually live my life for the first time. Do not sit there and live this way because you don’t.”
– Rod, TMS patient
“TMS Therapy has truly given me new hope! I encourage anyone who suffers from depression that hasn’t been successfully treated with medication to try this protocol with the goal of relief or even remission from depression. I look forward to experiencing my new outlook on life!”
– Tish, TMS patient
“I wake up joyful. I go to bed joyful. The black hole is gone. There is no black hole. If you’re hesitating, don’t hesitate. Call right now, it’s your life, and it matters.”
– Desiree, TMS patient