What Is Repetitive TMS (rTMS), and How Does It Work?
The human brain is a hub of electrical activity. Those magnetic impulses can stimulate nerve cells, activating them to restore balance and help you get back to being yourself without any medication or invasive procedures.
For treatment-resistant depression, marked by the failure of one or more antidepressants, trying a new medication might only provide slight relief from symptoms. Getting symptom relief by making another medication change is only about 5% for patients who fail to see results after trying four or more antidepressants.
On the other hand, TMS has proven to be 50% to 70% effective.
What Patients Are Good Candidates for Repetitive TMS?
Failed to respond to multiple trials of medications.
Experienced side effects from antidepressants, such as sleepiness, sexual dysfunction, or weight gain.
Disinterested in trying an antidepressant, even though symptoms of depression are present.
Does TMS Work on All Types of Depression?
When Does Relief from Depression Begin with TMS?
The American Journal of Psychiatry recently published impressive results from a randomized control TMS trial. Many participants achieved significant results within five days, and nearly 80% of patients became symptom-free in one month.
Why Do Some Patients Need More TMS therapy Sessions Than Others?
What Side Effects Can Occur with Repetitive TMS?
Unlike many standard treatment options, TMS side effects are relatively rare, mild, and short-lived. The most common issues include:
Mild discomfort or tightening of facial muscles
Tingling sensation in the face or scalp
Low risk of seizure
Many patients who experience side effects note that they go away quickly and lessen in frequency over time. Importantly, you won’t feel pain or grogginess. You can drive and go about your normal activities immediately after TMS treatment.
Cost and Insurance Coverage
We recommend checking with your insurance carrier. Patients who don’t meet insurance companies’ criteria can still receive treatment, but the costs will be entirely out of pocket.
If you have any other questions regarding the costs, our friendly experts are always willing to provide answers.
Schedule Your TMS Consultation
Are you ready to get back to feeling like yourself? Call (518) 583-7410 to schedule your TMS consultation with Dr. Manuel.