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How a TMS Center Can Help Effectively Treat Your Depression

How a TMS Center Can Help Effectively Treat Your Depression

At a TMS Center, individuals are treated for major depressive disorder. TMS, transcranial magnetic stimulation, for depression is becoming a leading and innovative treatment for depression, effectively providing relief that lasts.  

Did you know that an estimated 6.7 % of US adults are suffering from major depressive disorder each year?  Many of these adults will try to treat their depression through medication and therapy yet not experience significant relief.

Depression can be caused by several different factors. Abnormalities in brain chemistry, genetics, life events, medical conditions, and medications can all contribute to a person experiencing the effects of depression.  While there are several different treatment options for depression, visiting a TMS Center is becoming a leading option for effectively treating major depressive disorder.

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Medication for Depression

There are many different kinds of prescription medications used for depression, which the treatment team at a TMS Center can discuss with you.  

For example, Antidepressant medications help balance the level of neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are responsible for communication between the neurons in the brain. These chemicals include serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. 

Low levels of depression are associated with high levels of these chemicals.  People experiencing high levels of depression may be prescribed an antidepressant by a healthcare professional to help increase the level of these chemicals in the brain.

A prescription antidepressant can be selected by a medical professional after taking into consideration a person’s symptoms, other medical conditions, medications, the cost of treatment, and possible side effects.  

Therapy for Depression

Therapy for depression can be delivered via individual sessions, group sessions, or family/couples sessions. DUring treatment at a TMS center, often therapeutic interventions and discussion are part of the treatment process. Therapists may choose to implement various approaches that best fit the patient’s treatment needs. Therapy for depression can be provided in-person, in-office, or through telehealth/online therapy.

Therapy, counseling, psychotherapy, and talk therapy are all terms used to describe the process of talking with a licensed mental health professional to help alleviate your symptoms of depression.  Many licensed therapists will specialize in particular types or modalities of therapy to specifically treat depression. Some of these specific types of therapy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to name a few.

Other Depression Treatments

In some situations, depression may be so severe with profound impacts on daily life and safety.  In these cases, a person may need to be admitted to an inpatient treatment center to begin intense treatment for depression while in a safe environment. Partial hospitalization and day treatment programs are also useful treatment options when working to address significant depression. Individuals attend these programs typically six hours a day for 5 days a week and receive intensive treatment for their mental health needs through individual, group, and medication sessions.

Electroconvulsive therapy or ECT is another treatment for severe depression.  ECT utilizes electric currents, which are passed through the brain to impact the function and effect of the neurotransmitters. 

A TMS Center offers a treatment for depression that may be an alternative to these other depression treatments, or used in conjunction with some. 

A TMS Center for Depression Treatment

So how can a TMS center for depression help you? 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression.  

This treatment delivers a repetitive magnetic pulse that stimulates nerve cells and produces changes in neuronal activity in the areas of your brain related to mood control and depression.  

TMS is typically provided five days per week for four to six weeks. TMS utilizes a series of outpatient treatment sessions to make it effective while not requiring any type of sedation. Patients typically drive themselves to and from their TMS center for appointments and treatment sessions.

Before beginning TMS treatment, the TMS provider will meet with you to thoroughly discuss your symptoms of major depressive disorder and take a full history of previous mental health treatments and medical conditions. 

The TMS Center treatment provider will also carefully review any relevant medical records and conditions.   Once it has been determined that treatment at a TMS Center is right for you, a course of treatment will be developed.

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Are You Ready to Seek Treatment at a TMS Center?

If you are looking to effectively treat your depression with TMS, do so safely with the experienced professionals at Bright Harbor Healthcare. 

Bright Harbor Healthcare has been building better tomorrows for individuals with major depressive disorder for over 60 years. Whether you’re searching for TMS treatment or other outpatient services, we can help you find the treatment options that work best for you.

Reach out to our compassionate team in order to get started with effective treatment. Depression doesn’t need to dictate your life. Call today for the relief you deserve.