Approximately 300 million people worldwide experience major depressive disorder, and the symptoms can be debilitating. Persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities, low energy, difficulty concentrating, and more can impact every aspect of one’s day. New techniques to help with depression are always arising, and some of these techniques have proven to be very effective. Antidepressants are one form of treatment that have helped many people, but others are seeking a route that is a little less invasive. The American Psychiatric Association has recommended TMS as a form of treatment for those experiencing depression and have not had luck with antidepressants.
TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. Patients who use this form of treatment are fully awake and can resume daily activities such as driving immediately after their session ends. The National Institute of Mental Health states that TMS was approved in 2008 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and that major evidence supporting the effectiveness of this form of treat arose in 2010. A typical session lasts approximately 30 to 60 minutes, and an electromagnetic coil is held against the forehead in an area that is thought to be near the part of the brain that oversees mood regulation. Short, electromagnetic pulses are administered through the coil, sending currents to stimulate nerve cells within that brain region.
The University of California, Los Angeles, notes that patients often report feeling a sensation that someone is tapping on their head and because the treatment has clicking sounds, patients often wear earphones or earplugs while receiving treatment. Many patients receive several bouts of treatment a week for up to 6 weeks. There is more research being done, as many scientists are wondering if TMS works better in addition to psychotherapy and other medications. Many researchers are also wondering if TMS could be used to treat other disorders such as schizophrenia or epilepsy.
You do not have to live with depression forever. There are many other options if TMS does not sound like it could work for you. Some forms of depression stem from addiction – if you have an addiction, seek a reputable treatment center to begin your journey to recovery.
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