A Breakdown by Experts from the Psych Associates of Maryland
Nearly 7% of the United States population is diagnosed with depression. This means that more than 16 million Americans struggle through long days, sleepless nights, and a variety of other detrimental symptoms. While depression can be treated with medication and counseling, some patients do not respond well to these treatments, leaving them to struggle with the seemingly-hopeless weight of depression.
At Psych Associates of Maryland, we understand your depression and look to provide resources for you when you’re at your lowest point. That’s why we provide TMS Therapy, an increasingly popular treatment for depression.
Here, TMS Therapy Maryland experts will outline what TMS Therapy is and where you can receive this treatment.
TMS, which stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a depression treatment whose technological origins date back to 1985. It uses a magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, which improves symptoms of depression. Entirely non-invasive, TMS Therapy is a widely accepted treatment for depression that continues to improve over time.
The reason TMS Therapy is so effective can be explained through the root causes of depression. Depression can be defined as a chemical imbalance in the brain caused by underactivation of the frontal cortex: the forward-facing portion of the brain responsible for controlling mood and personality. When this part of the brain is underactive, it is not able to properly utilize chemicals—typically serotonin and dopamine—to give you feelings of happiness, motivation, and excitement.
TMS Therapy works by placing an electromagnetic coil on the scalp near the left side of your frontal lobe. This coil repetitively sends painless magnetic fields to the nerve cells in the brain to help stimulate these previously underactivate zones in the brain. These fields do not penetrate the entire brain, but rather only reach about 2-3 centimeters into it.
Each treatment lasts about 40 minutes and is repeated for several weeks. TMS Therapy is widely considered an effective treatment for depression by experts, as one in three patients experience full symptom relief after six weeks. So if your depression is not managed by medication, TMS Therapy could be the answer to your battle with depression.
Traditional depression medication isn’t always the right choice. Its effects vary from person to person. For some, the treatment may not work at all—which is why many people decide to try TMS Therapy. For others who use traditional medication, it can sometimes be a battle to find the right prescription to treat their symptoms. Finding the right dosage for it can be difficult as well. An improper dosage or medication can sometimes worsen symptoms or even cause a variety of unfavorable side effects.
TMS Therapy not only removes this guessing game of finding the right dosage from the use of medication but it also doesn’t have the side effects of medication which can sometimes include:
The lack of side effects of TMS Therapy is not only a driving point for patients to try it, but a major reason for its success. Patients often find the trial-and-error game of finding the right antidepressant long and exhausting, frequently giving up before finding the right medication that could provide long-term benefits.
A huge benefit of TMS is its non-invasive nature. By spending about an hour a day in the doctor’s office for the duration of treatment, most patients experience long-term results without the mood-altering side effects of antidepressants.
Best of all, TMS Therapy is an area where new discoveries are made frequently. Not only are treatments improving and becoming more effective, but evidence shows that TMS could be used to treat other mental disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety.
If you have depression, most of what we’ve gone over is probably not news to you. You’ve been fighting your battle with it for months, maybe even years, and are excited at the possibility of stopping your depression dead in its tracks. TMS Therapy could finally be the answer you’ve been hoping for, and it’s time to see if TMS is right for you.
Psych Associates of Maryland is comprised of a team of professional, independent practitioners who have your best interests at heart. We work hard to make sure you find the right practitioner for you, matching you on a variety of need-based criteria. After taking the time to fully assess your symptoms and understand the issues you face, our practitioners will recommend a treatment plan that’s right for you. If you think TMS Therapy might be a good fit, start the conversation with one of our practitioners today.
With locations in both Columbia and Towson, TMS Therapy is closer than you think. Give us a call today and make an appointment to take control of your depression and get your life back on track.
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