How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treats Major Depression

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How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treats Major Depression

Imagine having severe depression and medication doesn’t help. That’s not a great thought, right? For some people, major depressive disorder is debilitating, causes mental and physical symptoms, and does not improve with treatment. 

Now, Salveo Integrative Health offers alternative treatment through transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in Lawrenceville, GA

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation and how does it help treat major depression?

Read on to learn more about the revolutionary TMS treatment and its effectiveness as a therapy for depression.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a serious mental illness that affects the way an individual thinks, feels, and acts. It causes intense feelings of sadness or loss of interest in normal activities.

Patients with depression experience mental and physical problems. Common depression symptoms often include:

  • Feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or guilt
  • Disinterest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleep changes
  • Lack of energy
  • Purposeless physical activity 
  • Trouble concentrating or focusing
  • Thoughts of suicide

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in adults under 45 in the United States. Approximately 16.1 million American adults are affected with the disorder being more common in women than men. 

TMS Therapy with Salveo Integrative Health

Thankfully, patients with depression no longer have to suffer from extreme symptoms. At Salveo Integrative Health, we offer treatment options for depression. For patients with severe depression, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy may be a treatment option. TMS therapy helps improve your mood and quality of life so you feel more like yourself again.

What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. The areas of the brain thought to control mood are targeted which helps improve symptoms of depression

When used to treat depression, repetitive magnetic pulses are used so the treatment is sometimes called TMS or rTMS.

How Treatment Works

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is safe, easy, and painless. Each treatment session begins with a magnetic coil placed on the head. Magnetic pulses stimulate nerves in the regions of the brain that control mood and depression.

TMS therapy is intensive. Patients must adhere to a strict schedule of sessions for five days per week for several weeks. Sessions are approximately 40 minutes long.

Due to the strict nature of these appointments, Salveo Integrative Health wants to ensure patient comfort. TMS treatment sessions are pre-set so patients do not have to check in or wait in the lobby. 

Our team prepares the room ahead of time so patients can be seen directly. Our TMS room is spacious, cozy, and equipped with a TV to ensure patient comfort throughout the treatment session.

Does TMS Treatment Work for Depression?

Depression is a treatable condition. However, not every treatment works for every patient. When typical prescription antidepressant medications or talk therapies fail, TMS therapy may be a successful alternative. 

Patients who undergo transcranial magnetic stimulation treatments often experience long-term results. The average patient experiences a reduction in their depression symptoms for about a year.

Can TMS Treat Other Conditions?

TMS therapy targets nerve cells in certain areas of the brain. This helps alleviate depression symptoms. The treatment has the potential to provide benefits for patients with other conditions such as OCD, anxiety, or PTSD. 

Consult your Salveo Integrative Health psychiatrist to find out if TMS is right for you.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Depression

Don’t let your depression keep you from living life to the fullest. Let us help get your mental health back on track.

Contact Salveo Integrative Health

At Salveo Integrative Health, we offer NeuroStar TMS Therapy in Lawrenceville, GA

NeuroStar is an FDA-cleared, non-drug, non-invasive treatment for depression. It is NOT an ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). Patients who receive NeuroStar TMS treatments achieve long-lasting relief from their depression symptoms.

Contact Salveo Integrative Health today to learn more about transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression.

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