Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that had crippled people throughout history. Before humans began really studying psychology, people associated schizophrenia with demons and possession. Thanks to the advancement of cognitive sciences, we have a greater understanding of this mental disease.
Common symptoms of this disease include:
- Hearing voices with no external sources
- Severe paranoia – e.g. believing other people are plotting against them
- Twisted sense of perception
- Using made-up words that make sense to them
- Sociopathic behavior and self-isolation, often due to aforementioned paranoia
There are patterns to the disease, but schizophrenia can be unpredictable. The harder part is that there’s not much reason nor rhyme to the disease. A person can appear functional until they start talking, or have their episodes.
Schizophrenia currently has no “cure” as we don’t know the exact cause the illness. Thankfully, it’s manageable, allowing a person to live a functional life. One such treatment is through the use of antipsychotics.
We used antipsychotics since the 1950’s, but these drugs have side-effects. One of them, Clozapine, is an effective antipsychotic drug but can cause low white blood cell count, which can put a patient’s health at risk. Eventually, we developed drugs that don’t negatively affect the body as much. These “atypical” drugs are effective but can cause increased weight gain and metabolic changes, which can lead to a host of other risks.
Long-term use of these medications may cause involuntary twitching of your muscles. Called “Tardive Dyskinesia”, the body sends errant signals to the muscles, commonly around the mouth or the fingers.
How “Magnets” can Help
For people who want an alternative method of treating schizophrenia, magnets may have something to offer.
TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can affect the brain in ways that are beneficial to schizophrenic patients. The effect can be witnessed during the “mapping” part of the procedure, where a patient’s hand or leg would twitch when the electromagnetic “coil” is activated on top of a patient’s head. Since the cells of your body are affected by electricity, precise and harmless electromagnetic waves can trigger neurons to fire.
This essentially “retrains” areas of the brain to activate better by stimulating them. TMS could also be used to enhance certain brain functions using the same stimulating effect. It has uses in treating depression and migraines, with more conditions already in clinical trials. The key on how TMS can help treat Schizophrenia is through “Cortical Inhibition”
Put simply, cortical inhibition is your brain’s way of calming down brain activity with GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid), a chemical responsible for helping you calm down from excitement or anger, among other things.
Researchers saw that an aspect of schizophrenia had something to do with the lack of cortical inhibition, which itself was caused by an impairment of a region of the brain. By using TMS to stimulate certain parts of the brain, it could potentially “retrain” those areas to activate during schizophrenic attacks and help patients more easily manage the symptoms on their own.
While clinical trials are ongoing and are so far inconclusive, there’s still a tremendous amount of speculation that TMS will widely recognized as an excellent treatment option for schizophrenia.
Humans are the only species on Earth capable of looking into ourselves. Not just in the soul-searching kind of way, but literally opening our heads and studying the brain. Our brain is what makes us tick, what makes us who we are, and nearly all of our body parts are used to either protect or keep our brain running.
Our Brains and Depression
What’s interesting is that our brains are powered by electricity. Our body consumes calories to create energy, which the brain uses to activate its cells and produce the needed signals to keep us alive and make us who we are. Sometimes, the brain fails to function the right way, often caused by infections, abnormalities, or injuries. One such example is depression, a condition where the brain’s altered chemistry causes a person’s thoughts and perception, causing feelings of sadness and disinterest. Sometimes it can be managed using drugs, but medications don’t always work for everyone. Some people are resistant to drugs, others cannot tolerate the drugs itself, and some have persistent or severe depression that won’t fully go away with meds alone.
Through the use of electromagnetism, however, medical researchers and physicians found ways to affect our brain and help treat conditions such as depression. Since several regions of the brain regulate our mood, stimulating these areas could activate neurons in an attempt to awake or realign the circuitry in your brain.
How it Works and What to Expect
Before you start a TMS procedure, you’ll need to do two tests: a physical exam and lab tests to ensure TMS is safe for you. TMS is a safe and harmless procedure, but in the realms of medicine, we always need to be as safe as possible. You could have metal plates in your body from surgery, a pacemaker or similar devices, or foreign objects that could be affected by the magnet.
Then, you’ll undergo a psychiatric evaluation, which is especially important if you are suffering from depression. When all is said and done, you’re ready for TMS therapy.
You’re going to be seated on a chair and the operator will attach sensors to your hand and your head that will monitor your body’s electrical activity. The procedure starts with the physician placing the “coil” over your head activate the machine.
The first step is to activate the coil on certain parts of your brain. When the machine is activated, it will produce a somewhat loud clicking sound and one of your arms or legs may twitch. This procedure is called mapping. Once they are finished with mapping and they have found the area to be stimulated, they will begin the procedure.
The coil will stay on a certain part of your head and the machine will turn the coil on at fixed intervals. The entire procedure may last around 30 to 40 minutes. Afterward, you may feel slight hearing impairment from the loud clicks, and a bit of scalp pain or discomfort. In some cases, you might feel some motion sickness, but all the symptoms will disappear after a few minutes.
The entire therapy may last somewhere between 25 to 40 sessions and is usually done about 5 or 6 days a week.
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is a mental disease that is led by -as the name lays out- obsession and compulsions. These obsessions are intrusive thoughts, urges, and triggers that get in the way of everyday life. It can get so extreme that it not only intrudes, but can completely control a person’s entire life.
Intruding Thoughts and Compulsions
While most people have compulsions and intrusive thoughts, we can usually tame them on our own. Even the more persistent thoughts can be tamed by simply engaging the thought and creating closure. With OCD, these thoughts cannot easily be tamed. The brain’s own warning system triggers out of their control. There’s no clear logic to the impulses, making treatment not necessarily difficult, just complex.
Psychotherapy is one option to take to figure out a person’s triggers or the source of their psychological conditions. This therapy can train the brain to combat their impulses by gradually introducing them to their fears.
TMS to Treat OCD
There’s a new way to treat OCD that does not need drugs. It’s the non-invasive procedure of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It is a simple process, but the effect is complex.
With Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, an electromagnet is placed on a patient’s head. A machine generates finely tuned charges electricity to activate the magnet. It then delivers precise electromagnetic waves in pulses.
The electromagnetism excites neurons, causing them to either fire or react as if they have received a signal. One of the common reactions is the ticking sound you feel and the tapping sensation on your head. The strength of the electromagnetic pulse is increased until they see a vivid reaction like involuntary blinking or light twitching of your fingers. The procedure is painless, with most of the discomfort only due to the “fear of the syringe needle” effect.
When the neurons are activated, it can trigger patterns your brain naturally makes on its own. This includes the natural release of Dopamine, also known as the “Reward and Satisfaction Chemical”. This effect is one of the reasons TMS is used to treat persistent and severe depression.
Clinical trials have shown success in treating OCD. Present clinical trials are paving the way into turning TMS into a proper treatment. They are testing the treatment by exploring the brain and finding out where the “inhibitory” part of the brain is.
OCD is an “excitatory” disease. This means that the brain abnormally activates neurons that cause the compulsions and obsessions. By stimulating the inhibitory parts, it can help the brain release the chemicals required to slow and halt the “excitatory” effects of OCD.
The clinical trials were so far successful. They produced relevant data that suggests stimulation of the inhibitory functions of the brain helped suppress the impulses and inhibitions. Like psychotherapy, TMS is training the inhibitory parts of the brain to work normally. This will allow the brain to achieve proper homeostasis or proper chemical balance.
Research into the brain’s inner workings is advancing every day. We keep discovering and rediscovering methods, and even discover new parts of the brain which we thought didn’t exist. Combined with our exponential advancement in technology, TMS procedures can address more precise parts of the brain. Eventually, we can find a way to bring new life to people shackled by their mental diseases.
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We live in a more mentally-compromised world today – at least there is much more awareness of mental health now. There are 350 million people who suffer from depression according to the World Health Organization. At least 16 million of those people live in the United States. There are 40 million Americans whose lives are negatively-impacted by Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety disorders often come coupled with other disorders, like substance abuse, depression, and more. Obsessive compulsive disorder affects 2.2 Americans as well. Due to the many disorders that debilitate the population today, millions of prescriptions are given. This has a ton of profound side effects that are sometimes arguably worse than the conditions being treated.
Solutions a Worldwide Epidemic
That is why research is being done to find ways that can help the mental situation the world is living in. The search for an effective panacea for mental illnesses is continuing day-by-day. One of the most promising cures that have little to no negative long-term impact is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
TMS encourages the neural pathways that focuses on the limbic system. It encourages it to do more of its work. This, in turn, fosters more positive chemicals in the brain to counteract the effects of mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. People who suffer from depression and anxiety have a weakened limbic system that does not function “normally”. Rather than getting prescription pills to carry chemicals that force your brain to function in an unnatural manner, TMS simply uses magnetic vibrations to stimulate the limbic system.
TMS Side Effects
There is little to no negative side effects when someone goes through TMS therapy. The most common complaint is just a minor headache. This is expected since the brain is stimulated much more than what it normally goes through. This is similar to someone who has just started working out and is feeling some muscle pain. TMS functions like working out, but it targets very specific areas. Can you imagine doing 15000 push-ups and 10000 laps around the gym? That is what TMS does but in a more scientific way. Since the areas of the brain that fosters positive sensations does not get to produce a lot of activity, the therapy session makes those areas of the brain to work more.
Why do TMS don’t have a lot of negative side effects? This is because this kind of therapy is both non-invasive and non-systemic. It is non-invasive because it does not open up your body with cuts like a surgical operation. It is non-systemic because you do not ingest it orally. This is unlike antidepressant drugs and other prescription pills. A surgical operation has the risk of complications. Plus, taking oral medicine does have effects that are not wanted and not intended, like damage to the liver and kidney.
Major Results, Minor Problems
If you go through a TMS session, the most unwanted side effect would either be some minor headaches throughout a day or at most a few days. Other side effects include minor hearing impairments and discomfort in some areas of your head. Studies have shown no negative side effects for 257 patients, with 45% of those patients reporting complete remission. Another study regarding TMS includes more than 800 patients surveyed. Other than a headache for a few days that can come and go, no negative long-term side effects were seen.
TMS is Worth Looking Into
Imagine the liberating feeling of no longer being chained by your depression or your anxiety. To put the icing on the cake, there are no long-term side effects as proven by real-life medical case studies. You can have a more joyful life without the medicines and you give the happy area of the brain more exercise. You can get that only through TMS. To learn more, Contact TMS of the Palm Beaches today.
Anxiety is a condition that has many forms, including being aggravated by various types of depression. Thus, anxiety is a complex condition that may debilitate a person who has it. It is also important to remember that anxiety varies in levels from hour to hour. It also varies in degrees from day to day. And as far as being responsive to environmental influences is concerned, anxiety can also lead to panic attacks and improper social behavior.
One treatment used for anxiety is prescription medications. Your doctor might prescribe a particular medication to treat anxiety. Other medications may also be prescribed to combat the side effects of the main drug used to treat anxiety. Because of the side effects experienced by people taking anti-anxiety medications, a variety of treatments have been developed as an alternative to or additional support for medication.
One such treatment is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy. TMS can be given to patients who don’t respond to counselling and prescription medications. They can also be given if patients experience extreme side effects with prescribed drugs. TMS has many forms and the responses from patients with anxiety vary. It actually is dependent on various factors:
1. Type Of Magnetic Coil
Each TMS machine type has a different magnetic coil. For example, Neurostar’s coil is a figure-8 coil. This type of coil stimulates a relatively focused area of the brain. On the other hand, the Brainsway device has a coil that stimulates a wider area because of its H-shape form.
2. Stimulation Location
Certain locations of the brain are stimulated based on the illness being treated. For example, clinical trials stimulate the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex for anxiety. On the other hand, the orbitofrontal cortex is stimulated for obsessive compulsive disorder.
3. Stimulation Frequency
Clinical trials of TMS usually deliver a rapid stimulation of cortex at the frequency level of 10Hz. However, with anxiety, 1 Hz is used. This is because 1 Hz is known to induce inhibitory reactions on cortical activity. On the other hand, 10 Hz is known to have excitatory effects.
Studies have also been conducted on the use of TMS for PTSD, Panic Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. For example, one controlled trial showed results that the stimulation of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex at 10 Hz is very efficient for core PTSD.
In another study, they have found symptom reduction for those who have panic disorders. In this study, a 1 Hz treatment was used to stimulate the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Remission of patients was also present in another study. This used stimulation of the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex at 1 Hz. Note: The patients who underwent this study have generalized anxiety disorder.
Anxiety can be a difficult condition to deal with, especially since it so often comes side by side with depression. People with extreme anxiety disorders can have an incredibly difficult time trying to live an “everyday” life. The good thing is studies have shown promising results regarding TMS for anxiety. If you have a loved one who has this condition, you can talk to your doctor about undergoing TMS.
It can be an alternative or a supplement to your loved ones’ current therapy sessions and could potentially lead to longer periods without anxiety attacks. To learn more about TMS treatment for anxiety, give us a call Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Before modern techniques, electrodes were surgically implanted in the brain to treat pain. But this invasive procedure has many drawbacks. Nowadays, a non-invasive treatment for pain holds promise for patients. This popular treatment is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Before we delve into TMS, let us dig deeper into the mechanism of pain.
What Is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain refers to the pain that lasts more than 6 months. This painful experience can range from mild to excruciating degrees. It may also be continuous or episodic. When the pain is both continuous and excruciating, patients are often left unable to complete daily tasks. It leads to both physical and emotional problems. This, in turn, leads to negativity at work, home, business, relationships, and mental health.
Chronic pain is usually caused by trauma (e.g. injury, accidents). It can also be caused by an illness or infection. Signs and symptoms of chronic pain include the following:
- Recurring or ongoing pain that does not go away
- Mild to excruciatingly severe pain
- Sensations of shooting, aching, burning
- Stiffness, soreness, discomfort, and tightness
- Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, irritability, stress, and low self-esteem
TMS For Pain Management And Treatment
TMS is used to treat chronic pain and major depression. The brain’s circuit activity is altered by the magnetic field produced by TMS. This method has a huge advantage over pain prescription medications. Drugs usually get inside the body causing a large number of side effects. On the other hand, TMS produces minor side effects since the therapy is directly delivered to the brain.
Evidence Of TMS Efficiency In Treating Pain
A study has found out that the repetitive implementation of TMS to patients resulted in a consistent reduction of pain scores. The results showed that pain scores were reduced by 15% for a week. But, scientists encourage more research in regard to TMS. This is to improve its efficiency in managing and treating pain.
How Is TMS Applied?
Clinical studies found out that the motor cortex is the best target for TMS and its treatment of pain. Repetitive TMS (rTMS) is also given to patients. In this method, series of pulses are targeted to the brain and is delivered in rapid succession. This is all done in a single session. But, different techniques are applied to different people. This is due to the fact that people vary in their reactions to TMS treatments.
To provide a long-lasting pain treatment, multiple sessions of repetitive TMS (rTMS) is delivered to the patient. Multiple sessions affects the connectivity of the brain. It can alter the circuits responsible for pain thus reducing it. Some treatments are required to be administered daily during the early phases. Then, it is reduced to weekly therapies and monthly therapies. Treatments can last for months or even year.
TMS is best used to treat pain and depression. It is recommended for those who experience debilitating side effects from prescription medications. TMS is used to alter brain activity. Doing this non-invasive procedure also results in a few side effects, making it a great alternative for those who don’t respond well to medication.
Depression can be a sad phase of our lives. However, there are people who have clinically-diagnosed depression. This type of depression can cripple the person experiencing it. That being the case, when we or a loved one is experiencing depression, it is best to start small. You can try starting with changes to your diet.
Below are the top foods to eat when you have depression:
Walnuts are filled with omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients are known to play a major role in supporting brain functions and fighting depression. The brain is made up of fat. Thus, omega-3 fatty acids improve the functioning of the brain while supporting its major component.
Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens are very nutrient-dense. They are known to fight every type of inflammation out there. Depression is associated with brain inflammation. Thus, dark leafy greens are a great addition to the diet for those with this condition.
Berries such as raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries are filled with antioxidants. A published study found out that the patients given antioxidants has comparatively lower depression scores. These antioxidants are repair geniuses. They repair the cells in the body, including that of the brain.
Avocados contain the fat needed by your brain. This helps fight depression. Avocados also contain protein, vitamin K, vitamin E12, vitamin C, and various B vitamins, which has earned them the “superfood” title.
There are two reasons why mushrooms are excellent food choices for your mental health. First, they have chemical properties that counteract with insulin. This results to the lowering of blood sugar levels. This, in turn, leads to mood stability. Second, they have probiotic properties. This property cultivates healthy bacteria in the gut. Nerve cells located in the gut produce about 80% to 90% of the chemical serotonin. This chemical is vital in keeping a person sane. Thus, mushrooms are very important for stabilizing your chemical levels and keeping your mental health in check.
Tomatoes contain alpha-lipoic acid and folic acid. These two elements help fight depression. People with clinical depression have significant decrease of folate levels in their body. Thus, eating tomatoes can enhance folate levels and lowered depression levels.
Beans are good both for the heart and the mood. They are digested slowly by your system. With this slow pace, blood sugar levels are stabilized. This leads to mood stability and a healthy mental system.
Seeds are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids. As said before, this is good for the brain which is composed of fat itself. Seeds you should eat include hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flaxseeds, among others.
An apple a day keeps the psychiatrist away. They are rich in antioxidants which help prevent inflammation in the brain. Plus, they are rich in soluble fiber. This component balances out blood sugar swings. Apple can be eaten with almonds and peanut butter for that added nutrition.
Starting with your diet is an easy way to prevent and fight depression. In addition, you can opt for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy. This is a non-invasive procedure that has significantly fewer side effects compared to prescription medications.
It’s no secret that depression also has something to do with the food that we eat. Processed foods can cause our body to feel wretched. The chemicals, preservatives, and nitrates used to preserve food harm us. One big harm that these foods do is damage our capacity to feel good. When this happens, depression occurs. That is why we will write in this article some of the foods to avoid if you’re feeling depressed. These foods have proven to worsen the conditions of the depressed. These foods have also been proven to influence one’s feelings. Read the article below and understand that most of what you feel have something to do with what you eat.
1. Processed Foods
The renowned philosopher Nassim Taleb said that processed foods could be harmful. These foods didn’t exist 100 years ago, and that means they’re still prone to risks. It also means that processed foods may have hidden risks. These chemicals we use to preserve food are not natural. Avoiding these foods have proven helpful, including lessening the symptoms of depression.
Studies from Virginia Tech College seem to agree. It is mentioned in their research that anxiety disorders have been diagnosed in people who eat a lot of junk food. Foods rich in sugar are the major culprits for this. They’re not only risks for diabetes. It turns out they’re not helping the depressed either. Reliable studies show that foods rich in sugar increased the likelihood of depression. Processed foods contain a lot of sugar. To relieve some of your symptoms of depression, try avoiding eating them.
There are healthy organic sugars, though. These sugars come naturally from fruits and natural plants. You should take more of these. What you should avoid are the processed ones. The processed sugars in the market can lower your brain activity to a sub-optimal level. This decrease in performance is what will worsen your depression.
2. Artificial Sweeteners
There’s also a lot of warning that comes in drinking artificial sweeteners. Aspartame, the chemical found in artificial sweeteners, blocks the production of serotonin. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter in your body that you need to make you feel good. Without it, your mood changes, and you feel worse. Without it, you may experience nausea and other maladies that worsen depression symptoms.
3. Hydrogenated Oil
Fried chicken and french fries may make you feel good in the short term, but they wreak havoc long term. They sabotage your brain’s ability to regulate mood. They cause trouble to your emotions for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is the fact that hydrogenation harms your body. It may be acceptable to eat small amounts of these, but try to avoid oils that are bad for you. You will feel worse when you eat a lot of food cooked in hydrogenated oil. Stay away from them, and you will do your mood a lot of good.
4. Fast Food
Studies show that the more fast food you avoid, the better you feel. Fast food is filled with all sorts of chemicals so they last longer. Hamburgers and pizza could probably make you smile, but regularly eating them won’t. It can make you feel bad because it raises the risk of worsening the symptoms of depression. It can also make you feel worse because your body is not made to process the chemical ingredients to preserve them.
For another nonstandard way to treat your depression, contact us to learn more about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and how it can help you.
Depression symptoms have a number of remedies today. Many of them are even non-invasive. Most of them are also easy to use or participate in, but the worst symptoms require medical attention. People with depression can manage their symptoms today through a variety of methods. The most popular and widely used of these include psychotherapy and antidepressants. You can also go for cognitive therapy. There are plenty of alternate options for you, though, and the following list offers quite a few for you to consider when looking to treat depression.
1. St. John’s Wort
This supplement is not yet approved by the FDA to treat depression. However, many people swear by its effectiveness. They have used it and make claims for its utility. Though not as widely used in the US, people in Europe often take this supplement to help with their depression. You should be careful with St. John’s Wort, though. This medicine can interact with your other medications. It can also have side effects when mixed with blood-thinning drugs and other pills. It’s also dangerous to use this along with HIV medications. While proven effective, you should talk to your doctor about it first.
This dietary supplement comes from the body. It’s a synthetic chemical that occurs naturally in your system. It’s not yet approved by FDA, but people in Europe say it’s been used to counter depression’s symptoms. SAMe can cause nausea and other complications, which means you should be careful about taking it, and ask your doctor first about its effects. You should also not use SAMe if you’re currently taking antidepressants. Doing so can lead to harmful consequences.
There’s still a lot of research needed about this drug. This is also the reason why you should not take it without your doctor’s approval.
3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These fats can be found mostly in fish, flax oil and walnuts. These fatty acids have proven to ease the symptoms of depression. More study is needed as to why, but these Omega-3 Fatty acids have shown great relief for those who take them. Many people with bipolar disorder take these supplements and report improvements in their condition. Eating foods rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids will have heart-healthy benefits, too. But there’s more to study to establish how this treatment improves depression.
There’s also many reports saying that saffron works for depression. Saffron extract has shown to improve depressive symptoms, but, like other digested supplements, more study is needed. It may not hurt to try this out because the risks are so minimal. High doses may not be ideal for you, but a little of it added to your food could be very helpful.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive method that stimulates the brain. Small regions of the brain get activated with the pulses of TMS. With the help of TMS by way of a magnetic coil, the brain improves and recovers from depression. There’s more to discover about this treatment method, but so far clinical trials have been especially positive. Some patients use TMS to great effect, and it’s worth looking into finding out if it’s right for you.
There are a lot of treatments out there for depression. You can go for medication, but you can also go for non-invasive treatments like TMS. It’s also essential for people to understand the side effects of these treatments, so before starting any of them always talk to your doctor beforehand.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive strategy that helps depressed people. With the electromagnetic pulses of TMS, depression’s symptoms are relieved. People with depression can finally retain their ability to feel good again. Because of this, TMS is an excellent treatment method for those who are unsatisfied with antidepressants. Many people see bad side effects with their medication, which leads to them finding their medications to be risky. TMS is less harmful because it’s non-invasive and doesn’t use chemicals. But is it safe? Let’s find out in the article below.
One good reason to trust TMS is because of its FDA approval, which cleared the treatment method as a safe way to help those with depression. The fact that it’s non-invasive also helps, too, particularly since it’s also proven to be effective in relieving people of depressive symptoms.
It may also be helpful to know that many people already tried TMS. Many who experience anxiety, stroke, autism, and anorexia have found TMS a useful tool. They will vouch for its effectivity in relieving emotional pain and turmoil, helping treat anorexia, and more.
No Long-Term Side Effects
It’s also easy to file TMS under the Safe Folder because of the absence of long-term side effects. Other treatments pose a lot of threats, but not TMS. You won’t experience digestive problems or any sleep disruption after treatment. The majority of patients only feel a moderate, albeit temporary discomfort. These side effects go away after the first week.
There have been no reports of people experiencing unsightly side effects from TMS. This doesn’t mean, though, that TMS is for everyone. You should still be careful. Anything that you do to your body may have hidden risks. Talk to your doctor first before deciding whether this is for you.
It’s also reported that TMS will not make you feel the side effects from chemical medication. With TMS, you won’t feel abnormal ejaculation, impotence, constipation or diarrhea. These symptoms normally occur in other types of treatment. Not with the reports found for TMS.
There’s a lot of studies done already on TMS. All of them show considerable promise. All of them also prove how much there is to know about the treatment. What’s certain for now is that the clinical trials done showed modest results. This means that you can’t expect TMS to be the first option in treating depression. Always contact your doctor first before deciding on this method. You may end up doing more harm to your body by undergoing a treatment you can avoid, no matter its safety record. It’s more rational to decide first whether a healthy diet and exercise can help you.
It is also safe to say that under controlled conditions, TMS is safe to use. But, it’s important for patients to understand that TMS should be used when nothing else works. It’s also important to take in as much information about any depression treatment before making a decision. This time invested can help you decide if TMS is right for you.
With that, the answer to the main question is: yes, TMS is safe, but under supervision with a doctor. There’s still more research to be done about TMS. The best thing to do is to be updated with these studies. Decide based on what is less risky for you. Decide also under the guidance of a health professional.