TMS could offer new hope for those suffering from depression
What is TMS?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a revolutionary, FDA approved non-invasive option for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). TMS treatment involves the use of an electromagnetic device that delivers magnetic pulses across neural pathways to activate mood centers in the brain. It helps treat symptoms of depression and anxiety, causing lasting changes.
TMS has been approved by the FDA for use with treatment resistant depression, and is now available at multiple sites throughout San Diego county.
Important Treatment Information:
- TMS is one of the safest and most effective non-medication treatment option for depression
- There are significant improvements in sleep, motivation, cognition, memory, mood symptoms and anxiety
- Multiple sessions of TMS are necessary for the treatment to be effective
- Patients should discuss the TMS treatment schedule with their psychiatrist or physician
- Medications and therapy are typically used in conjunction with TMS
- Follow-up or maintenance treatment after TMS can be helpful to avoid recurrence
- There is about an 80% response rate and 50% remission rate for treatment of depression compared to a 35 % response rate with medications
Who are good candidates for TMS?
“Anyone who suffers from depression is a candidate for TMS” said Dr. Manish Sheth, a psychiatry and addiction medicine specialist at Achieve TMS in San Diego. “TMS is very helpful for people who have tried different medications or have gone through different therapies and have not found a full improvement in their symptoms.”
TMS may also be an option for those who cannot take or tolerate medications at all. “Patients going through chemotherapy and women who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant are good candidates for non-invasive TMS treatment”, according to Dr. Sheth.
Why is TMS a good treatment option?
“TMS produces a response rate of nearly 80% and remission rates of over 50%”, reports Dr. Sheth.
TMS is a treatment option that works very differently than medications and psychotherapy. “TMS works directly on the part of the brain that we know is involved in the management of mood, anxiety, concentration, and focusing,” explained Dr. Sheth.
It is common to only see partial improvements from anti-depressant prescription medication alone. In some cases, patients undergoing TMS treatment are able to reduce or modify their prescription medications. Dr. Sheth and the other professionals at Achieve TMS will work with your psychiatrist to determine whether you may benefit from decreasing or modifying your prescriptions.
Benefits of TMS Treatment:
- TMS treatment may alleviate symptoms of depression in patients that have found medications ineffective or partially effective
- TMS treatment does not cause sleepiness / tiredness, memory loss, weight gain, or sexual side effects – common reactions to depression medications
- Since TMS treatment is a non-invasive treatment and doesn’t require sedation, patients may immediately resume regular activities immediately after treatment
- The patient can drive to and from treatments, continue work and practically have no other restrictions
- TMS is also used as a treatment option for other disorders such as: addiction, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), migraines, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Do insurances cover TMS treatment?
Most insurance companies are covering dTMS for treatment resistant depression. The insurance specialists at Achieve TMS can help with the authorization process and look at insurance coverage for TMS treatment.
Where can you learn more about TMS?
Achieve TMS has many resources available:
- Articles about TMS
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Informational Videos
- San Diego Resources
- TMS in the News
How can a patient schedule a free TMS consultation?
Scheduling a free consultation is easy – call 844-467-3867 or (844-HOPE-TMS).
You may also visit achievetms.com, and confidentially chat with a coordinator.