If you are one of the millions of Americans who are coping with clinical depression, a doctor will likely recommend antidepressants and psychotherapy to treat your condition. However, in some cases, these measures may prove ineffective.
A viable alternative to these traditional treatment options is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) – a noninvasive, FDA-approved procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to help improve the symptoms of depression.
You may be an ideal candidate for TMS therapy if:
- You have used one or more antidepressants without noticeable results
- You have experienced negative side effects when using antidepressants
Of course, not everyone is a suitable candidate for TMS therapy. Your doctor can have a discussion with you on the likelihood of it being an effective treatment for you based on your condition’s severity and other treatments you’ve tried.
Let’s take a closer look at who may benefit from TMS therapy and why.
Conditions That Respond to TMS Therapy
TMS therapy is primarily intended for those affected by major depressive disorder (MDD). Depression is linked to reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, where symptoms such as low energy levels and appetite changes can occur. TMS therapy is designed to stimulate nerve cells and increase activity in this region.
Your insurance generally covers TMS for major depressive disorder and may be approved for another diagnosis. TMS therapy can be used to improve symptoms related to mental health issues such as:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
TMS therapy has also been found to be helpful in the treatment of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as physical ailments such as chronic pain and multiple sclerosis (MS). It can even be used to help control nicotine cravings and addiction. Although these are not generally approved by insurance at this time, they are available treatment options.
If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, you may be a viable candidate for TMS therapy. However, it is primarily used as a treatment for depression with a response success rate of up to 64 percent.
Although TMS therapy is considered a safe treatment, it should be avoided by some patients, including those:
- With metal plates, cochlear implants, neck or brain stents, shrapnel, or other metallic objects in their heads, the magnetic fields in TMS can cause these implants to heat or move, causing serious injuries
- With a history of epilepsy or seizures
- With a medical condition that increases their risk of seizures
TMS therapy is a safe and well-tolerated treatment, conducted in an outpatient setting with no downtime, which can provide lasting relief for patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. To learn if you qualify for TMS therapy for depression, talk with your doctor or mental health provider.
TMS Therapy in Denver and Lakewood, Colorado
At Denver Wellness Associates, we not only provide TMS therapy but also a comprehensive range of mental health services. Our highly trained and talented team of specialists treats children, teens, and adults in a safe and supportive environment where they can receive the optimal level of care needed to heal.
To learn more about TMS therapy, as well as our other services, contact Denver Wellness Associates today, in Denver and Lakewood, Colorado. You can reach us by phone or text at (720) 724-3668, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply request an appointment using our convenient interactive online form.