What to Expect During Your First TMS Depression Treatment Session

Depression Treatment Massapequa, NY

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a highly recommended depression treatment that can succeed when antidepressants have failed. According to research conducted by Harvard University, about 66% of people who have depression do not get significant relief from taking antidepressants.

Such patients can benefit from an alternative depression treatment like transcranial magnetic stimulation. About 50 percent of people who have no success with antidepressants report fewer symptoms after undergoing TMS therapy.

TMS is a non-surgical treatment that does not require the use of general anesthetics or sedatives. The treatment involves stimulating areas of the prefrontal cortex in the brain with low activity with magnetic pulses. The prefrontal cortex controls how a person feels. Increasing activity in these areas typically alleviates the symptoms of depression.

Treatment sessions consist of a device with an electromagnetic coil being placed on the patient’s head. The device is used to send pulses into their head. These pulses can penetrate the skull to reach the targeted area. Delivering these pulses repeatedly is called rTMS or repetitive TMS.

Your first TMS depression treatment session

TMS treatment includes getting five treatments that last 20 to 50 minutes weekly for up to seven weeks. Physical and psychiatric evaluations are typically performed before the first session to rule out any health conditions that could be causing the patient’s condition.

During the first treatment session, the TMS professional will place a device that contains a magnetic coil on the patient’s head. The magnet used is similar in strength to those used for magnetic resonance imaging. Patients might be asked to remove any jewelry and credit cards that might interfere with the magnet.

The technician will determine how much stimulation the patient can handle and the best areas of their head to place the device. The patient’s threshold is determined by sending multiple pulses with increasing intensity until the patient’s fingers or hand twitch.

Once the patient’s threshold has been determined, pulses of similar intensity are sent into their prefrontal cortex. The pulses stimulate the release of serotonin – a neurotransmitter that helps with mood regulation.

During each treatment. The TMS device will repeatedly send pulses into the patient’s brain, making a clicking noise like the sound made by an MRI machine. The patient might also feel a tap on their head when each pulse is delivered. Earplugs will be provided to protect the patient’s ears from the sound made during treatment.

Patients remain awake throughout their treatments and the first one might last up to 50 minutes due to all the calibrations being made. The is no recovery period following each treatment, so patients are free to drive themselves to their next destination. TMS treatment can be combined with antidepressants for an augmented approach.

Put depression behind you

Ready for a depression treatment that can be effective even when antidepressants have failed? Call or visit our Massapequa clinic to learn more about how transcranial magnetic stimulation can be used to alleviate the symptoms of depression.

Request an appointment here: https://www.evolvepsychiatry.com or call Evolve Psychiatry at (631) 773-1096 for an appointment in our Massapequa office.

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