What is TMS?
Avant Interventional Psychiatry has partnered with Magstim to help people who are not responding to their medications fight depression. With the use of innovative technology, we make this possible through a Non-systemic and non-invasive therapy with few known side-effects. It has been proven to be effective in various researches and has also been used in TMS treatment clinics where the patients are free to return to their normal routines.
TMS therapy or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive and non-systemic form of treatment for people who have not been responding to their medications. Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment. Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body. The highly focused, magnetic pulses stimulate brain cells.
TMS is currently used to treat depression for people who are not responding to antidepressants and is known to have minimal side effects.
How is TMS Therapy done?
The typical initial treatment course consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period, for an average of 20-30 total treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately 20 minutes.
A lot of people have been found to have reduced electrical brain activity. Using magnetic pulses, TMS stimulates a person’s brain, increasing brain activity to normal levels.
What makes TMS different from other treatments?
TMS is applied when antidepressants do not work for a patient. It is non-systemic meaning, it does not have to be orally taken and to circulate in the bloodstream. Unlike ECT or Electrocardiogram, a treatment where brief electrical pulses are applied to to the brain that medically induces a seizure, and requires to be performed in a hospital where the patient needs to be sedated, TMS ar non-systemic and patients are able to go back to their routines after sessions. TMS also has lesser side effects compared to ECT.
What happens after treatment?
TMS therapy is an out-patient treatment wherein after having a treatment session, they are allowed to go back to their daily routines. Effects of the treatment procedure are mostly observed by the fourth week of treatment and, in some cases, earlier.
Does TMS have side effects?
TMS has minimal side effects most commonly reported side effects include short-term headaches and slight head discomfort at the beginning of treatment.
Can I undergo TMS therapy?
If you have been taking anti-depressants and are not satisfied with their effectiveness on your depression or are looking for a way to fight depression without taking medications – TMS may be for you.
Can I have TMS Therapy when I am on Antidepressants?
Every patient is different. There are cases where patients show signs of improvement when taking antidepressants and having TMS Therapy simultaneously. This is something you should discuss with our doctors to determine the best treatment plan for your needs.
Is TMS Therapy safe for pregnant women?
Since TMS Therapy is a non-systemic and non-invasive therapy, it does not affect a woman’s pregnancy and is focused only on the treatment of depression.
How will I know if TMS Therapy is for me?
If you are battling depression- speak to your counselor or psychiatrist. Or call us today to see if TMS Therapy is right for you. Take our online quiz to determine if you exhibit signs of depression. We are happy to access your individual needs.
Does TMS Therapy procedure hurt?
In the initial treatment sessions, patients may find the tapping on their scalp uncomfortable and may feel minor headaches. However, it can be relieved by taking over-the-counter pain medicines. In the ensuing sessions, however, the patients’ scalp will be less sensitive to the sensations and the therapy procedure will no longer cause discomfort.
For more information on our TMS therapy, please send us a message or reach us through our given contact details.