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Introducing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy
TMS Therapy helps lift the clouds of depression when traditional care is not working or is not an option. TMS is a safe non-drug & non-invasive outpatient therapy that is FDA-approved (2008) for treating clinical depression. It is easily conducted in a doctor's office and can be safely administered with or without medications.
So how does it work? TMS Therapy actually uses a targeted magnetic field to stimulate or regulate activity in key areas of the brain that control mood & behavior. For instance, decades of brain imaging indicate that the left prefrontal cortex of the brain is under-active for those experiencing symptoms of depression. Luckily, when you stimulate the neurons in this part of the brain, you can actually retrain neural activity to eliminate those symptoms.
The electromagnetic pulses administered during TMS Therapy are very similar to the magnetic field that is emitted during an MRI, meaning this is not new technology. This is just a new application of an existing technology that has already been used safely on humans in a clinical setting for more than 50 years.
TMS Therapy is most effective when it is part of an intensive care regime (daily sessions) for between 4-6 weeks, and an individual session lasts anywhere from 19-55 minutes, depending on the prescribed treatment protocol. Patients are awake and alert for the duration of the treatment, and once a session has been completed, patients can immediately resume or engage in their regular daily activities.
And the best part... There are no serious side effects! The only side effect of TMS is still just 'mild scalp discomfort', and that is after 2 million+ Neurostar TMS Therapy sessions have been administered (current to date). This means that a small percentage of people undergoing intensive therapy experience a slight headache during the first few sessions. But any discomfort typically dissipates after getting through the initial 'adjustment period' (3-5 sessions), and over-the-counter medicinals are recommended as needed if any pain happens to persist.
TMS Therapy is now offered at nearly every top behavioral health institution, including at Johns Hopkins and at the Mayo Clinic. It is backed as the safest and most effective treatment option for depression by major publications like the National Institute of Health, and TMS now has a proven track record outside of hospitals and research facilities too. Neurostar devices alone are being offered at over 550 private TMS Therapy Clinics across the country!
Results may be enhanced by a provider's experience or by using combination therapies which are offered through integrative care models. This can help to ensure that co-occuring physical and/or mental conditions are getting factored in during diagnostic work as to not interfere with treatment progress & outcomes throughout care.
TMS Therapy is now covered by the majority of private insurance carriers (plus Medicare) if you meet certain pre-authorization criteria for depression. This is helping many people better access treatment, and TMS is actually proving to be cost-efficient even without coverage after factoring in how it can minimize or even eliminate a given medication regime.