Are you looking for a new way to manage your OCD, anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia? These mental illnesses can be debilitating, robbing you of your ability to think clearly and perform your daily tasks. They can be even more frustrating when your current regime of therapy and medication isn’t working as well as you hoped. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can help you manage these conditions. The FDA approved the treatment for the treatment of major depression in 2008. It was approved to treat OCD in 2017, and it’s approved to treat anxiety. Let’s take a look at what transcranial magnetic stimulation is and how it can help you.
TMS therapy includes the use of electricity and a magnetic coil. The coil is placed on the individual’s head and secured with a cap. Electricity is used to activate the magnet. During the treatment, magnetic waves are sent through the coil to specific areas of the brain. The concept behind the treatment relies on physics and your brain’s electrical activity. During the treatment, the magnet will be activated and deactivated with electricity to improve how your brain sends and receives the signals that help control your emotions and internal decision-making processes.
TMS therapy is approved to treat many different psychiatric disorders, including treatment-resistant depression, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, bipolar disorder, and Tourette Syndrome. It’s considered an alternative therapy for individuals who would otherwise consider Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
When individuals are first diagnosed with a mental illness, especially depression and anxiety, they are often prescribed medication and talk therapy. Those two treatments are considered front-line approaches, and they do help many people each year. However, some mental illnesses are resistant to these approaches. If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder that’s classified as treatment-resistant, TMS for psychosis may be able you help you.
Undergoing TMS for psychosis offers several benefits. The first benefit is that it lasts. According to a study on transcranial magnetic stimulation, roughly 58 percent of participants, who complete their treatment cycle, experience a reduction in symptoms. It’s also estimated that 38 percent of the recipients experience a full remission of their symptoms.
TMS treatment has fewer side effects than the medications used to treat mental illnesses. The primary TMS side-effect is having a mild headache after the transcranial magnetic stimulation session, but many people don’t notice any side effects.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation may reduce your need for mental health medications. Many individuals with treatment-resistant depression and major depression could either reduce the amount of medication they take or stop taking their medications. It’s important to note that individuals should always consult with their doctors before reducing and eliminating medications.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation has fewer side effects than anti-psychotic medications and anti-depressions. TMS side effects can include headaches, experiencing a mild tapping sensation during the session, scalp pain, twitching of the facial muscles, feeling lightheaded and altered cognition during the session. There is also a slight risk of experiencing seizures.
Good candidates for TMS treatment are at least 18 years of age and have a major depressive disorder, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, or anxiety that is not being adequately managed by other treatments and therapies.
Individuals who have metal inside their heads are not good candidates. This includes people who have electrodes inserted into their brains, deep brain stimulators, stents in their neck or head, aneurysm clips or coils, metal plates, cochlear implants, and permanent piercings that cannot be removed. Individuals with these devices are not good candidates because the treatment involves a magnet that could attract the implanted metal.
Individuals who are good candidates for TMS therapy typically undergo several treatments a week for multiple weeks. A typical treatment cycle might involve going to the center between three and five times each week for six weeks.
At Mind Body Wellness, we offer transcranial magnetic stimulation as part of our holistic recovery and whole-body healing approach. This treatment can help you better manage your depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. In addition, we also offer treatments for individuals with substance abuse problems and co-occurring conditions.
To learn more and get started on your path to healing and wellness, call us at 855-862-0966.