What is TMS Therapy?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is a breakthrough treatment option for those who struggle with depression and don’t respond well to other first-line approaches like antidepressant medications and psychotherapy. While this therapy is quickly soaring in popularity, many individuals are still left to wonder, “What is TMS therapy?” “How does TMS work?” “Do I need it, and will I respond to it?” among many other questions and concerns. To ensure that you can make an educated decision, here is some pertinent information about this revolutionary treatment for depression and other mood disorders.

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How Does TMS Work?

TMS therapy for depression aims to stimulate the brain, working completely outside of the body to affect central nervous system activity. TMS devices are placed on an individual’s head and target specific areas of the brain that can influence depression through the use of powerful magnetic fields or pulses. TMS is an increasingly popular choice for anyone who has struggled or is struggling with depression, especially for those who have had an inadequate response to medications and therapy in the past. This therapy does not require anesthesia or sedation of any kind and is generally well tolerated by patients compared to the side effects of popular antidepressant medications and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) also known as “shock therapy.” Not to be confused, TMS has none of the negative side effects associated with ECT.

Is TMS Therapy a Reliable Treatment Option for Depression?

TMS therapy for depression is FDA-approved, safe, effective, and well-tolerated. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation side effects are minimal, with some patients experiencing involuntary eye blinking or facial muscle contraction during treatment and some cases of minor headaches shortly after treatment. All side effects subside within 24 hours in almost all cases.

Statistics show that approximately 50% to 60% of people with depression who have not responded well to medications or standard therapy experience a meaningful response to TMS therapy. Due to wide variability of TMS machines, clinical technique, protocol, and location of stimulation, relief has been shown to be as high as 80% in some practices. Nearly one third of patients in clinical research experience a full remission of all symptoms. As with any treatment for depression and other mood disorders, there is no cure and TMS is no exception. How long remission lasts and to what extent symptoms return is based on a huge variety of factors including lifestyle, genetics, and use of other treatments. Like most treatments for depression and other mood disorders, TMS therapy has a high recurrence rate, though individuals can experience clinical results for many months and oftentimes up to a full year. Some individuals also opt into subsequent rounds of treatment, which can help maintain or improve results long-term.

Why TMS Therapy For Depression Can Be Better Than Conventional Treatments?

One of the primary reasons individuals opt for TMS therapy for depression is its lack of debilitating side effects and unique mechanism of action resulting in a high efficacy. Conventional medications and antidepressants can cause fatigue, emotional flatness, weight gain/loss, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and other ailments that often discourage people from continuing. In addition to a slew of negative side effects, in many cases, traditional medicines are simply ineffective. The most common Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation side effects are mild to moderate scalp discomfort and headaches shortly after treatment. TMS therapy also requires zero downtime, is covered by most insurance providers, and can either fit into your existing treatments or be used as a stand-alone option. The versatility that it provides and the proven results make it a viable option for anyone, and individuals who have had difficulty achieving results in the past are very likely to see positive changes within one course of treatment because TMS works on the brain in a completely different way than other treatment options.

Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles

KCLA has been at the forefront of developing innovative, breakthrough treatments for depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and other mood disorders. As the original pioneers of ketamine for depression, KCLA is now offering TMS therapy for depression to serve those who are not a good fit for ketamine, have not had an adequate response to ketamine, or have other reasons to prefer TMS treatments. We remain dedicated to evidence-based, effective solutions to the mental health crisis and will continue adding such treatments to our repertoire to ensure relief for those suffering from these afflictions. For more information about TMS therapy, contact KCLA today at 310-270-0625. Consultations are free and all inquiries are strictly confidential.

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