How successful is TMS for depression?

There is no “one size fits all” treatment for depression. Depression (Major Depressive Disorder) is quite common, affecting millions of people in the US. The use of antidepressants and psychiatrist visits are commonly utilized, but may not be successful for everyone. TMS therapy, which was approved by the FDA to treat depression in 2008, is gaining popularity as an effective alternative to traditional treatment. It can also supplement traditional treatment.

TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) therapy uses a padded helmet that sends magnetic wave pulses to stimulate certain parts of the brain which are affected by depression. The technicians are able to control the intensity of the pulses administered. It is a completely safe procedure, and it does not require surgery or anesthesia.

TMS therapy is highly effective in treating depression. According to Harvard Health Publishing, approximately one third of adults who received a full round of TMS reported full relief from their symptoms. Though TMS is not a cure, many patients of TMS treatment report feeling better for multiple months.

There are many success stories about TMS offering sufficient relief to patients. Jenny Lawson, a Texas author, claims that TMS helped her achieve happiness. After a long time of struggling with anxiety and depression, Lawson says that TMS was the key to helping with her depression, as traditional medication and doctor’s visits were not producing results for her. Lawson was happy to invest in the process, for in her words she was getting, “happiness drilled into my head.”

TMS therapy proves to be a safe and successful way to treat depression. TMS therapy worked for Jenny Lawson, and it may work for you too. If you think TMS may be right for you, TMS Center of Colorado wants to help you find the relief from depression that you are looking for.

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