On This Page
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Three Things to Know about TMS
- 3 1. TMS is not Shock Therapy (ECT)
- 4 2. TMS Therapy Has a Great History
- 5 3. TMS Reaches to the depths Where Others Fail
- 6 The onset of Hopelessness and Despair
- 7 Why Conventional Methods Don’t Work
- 8 Why TMS Scores over Others
- 9 Probable TMS Side Effects
- 10 Conclusion
Why on earth should I opt for TMS Therapy for Depression, when there are many conventional methods of treatments that have existed for centuries? What makes TMS so effective and efficient that the others may have fallen short of achieving so far? For who is the TMS recommended and how long does it take to heal? These are some of the questions that you may want to be answered before making the right choice.
Three Things to Know about TMS
There are three things you must know about TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) which can enlighten you on the therapeutic procedures and their effectiveness. The first thing is to know what TMS is not. The second thing to know is how long TMS has been working and what is its potential. The third thing is about who can benefit from TMS and what the actual benefits are.
Let’s start with the top reasons to choose over conventional treatments and antidepressant medications. Many sections in the human brain become inactive when it gets affected by depression.
1. TMS is not Shock Therapy (ECT)
TMS uses mild electromagnetic waves that the human brain can absorb because the brain already produces such waves within the neurons and cells. TMS uses the most sophisticated forms of magnetic waves within the tolerance limits of frequency and wavelengths.
If you are still not clear, we can relate TMS with MRI scan procedures. It is gentle and mild and you can feel the gentle tapping sensations within the brain while the therapy is in progress. Despite being mild, the results can be highly effective and positively impactful for all forms of depression disorders from the mildest to the most chronic ones.
2. TMS Therapy Has a Great History
TMS has a 30-year history with continual improvements in therapeutic methods and technology. Anthony Barker was the first person to introduce the therapy at the University of Sheffield in England in the year 1985.
Consistent implementations of advanced technologies have resulted in the most effective therapeutic procedures using TMS solutions. Some of the most critical and chronic forms of depression treated successfully using the TMS have been
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
3. TMS Reaches to the depths Where Others Fail
Transmission of electromagnetic waves from the TMS device happens through special coils for the non-invasive treatments on the scalp. TMS coils may have an 8-shape or butterfly shape depending on the type of device. There are also many other custom shapes which may vary for the intensity and duration of treatments.
Before going any further, you need to understand how depression can negatively affect the various parts of the brain. These sections of the brain are located within the interior parts which the conventional treatments and antidepressants can never reach no matter how long and intense they may be.
How Depression Affects the Brain and Mind
According to medical terminology, the three main sections of the brain that get affected due to depression are the Amygdala, D-thalamus, and the hippocampus. Let’s take a look at what they are and what the effects are.
Effects of Depression on Amygdala
Amygdala is the key section of the human brain that “processes emotions”. It is a nervous tissue which is located on the side-lobe of the brain. Almost all the emotions that are positive and negative are generated in this section of the brain.
Depression makes the Amygdala hypersensitive to external stimuli that could be a result of situations, conditions, people, and their interaction with the individual. It can cause restlessness, anxiety, fear, discontentment, and many other negative emotions that could be the result of delusions and imaginations.
Effects of Depression on Hippocampus
Hippocampus is the section of the brain that is very close to Amygdala, which is responsible for memory and intelligence. Depression can increase the volume of bitter memories from the past and reduce the logical thinking ability. Major Depressive Disorders (MDD) cause the most damages due to the volume loss of the hippocampus.
Apart from MDD, there are many other forms of depression like the post-traumatic, bipolar depression, manic, psychotic, and postpartum, and a lot more. That can adversely affect the hippocampus.
Effects of Depression on D-Thalamus
Dorsomedial thalamus is the section of the human brain where all the information from the external world gets processed. It is mainly responsible for the tasks that are related to the cognition and intellectual ability of the brain.
Depression can reduce the cognition ability by damaging the cells and neurons in the D-Thalamus. It can increase the volume of negative memory and cause temporal amnesia of the positivity of the individual.
The onset of Hopelessness and Despair
The combinational effect on the three sections of the brain can result in the hopelessness and despair of the mind. It is a progressive condition that grows with time unless the right therapy can heal the conditions of the brain and the mind. Some of the neurotic and MDD conditions can push the patient to the stages of insanity and suicidal tendencies.
Why Conventional Methods Don’t Work
Antidepressant drugs and conventional methods of using anesthetic procedures can physically and chemically alter the structure of the human brain. The ingredients can only suppress the feelings of depression by inducing numbness of the depression causing nerves and chemical reactions. Some of the probable side effects could be
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stress and fatigue
- Sexual dysfunction
- Constant feeling of drowsiness etc
Why TMS Scores over Others
TMS reaches to all the sections of the brain which are affected by all types of depression. TMS has worked wonders with patients who failed to get satisfactory results from the other forms of conventional treatments and medications. The solutions are long-lasting because they naturally change the brain waves and the functional elements without disturbing the natural chemical and physical composition of the brain in any way.
Probable TMS Side Effects
TMS too can have some forms of mild side effects, depending on the present medical and health conditions. But they are mild and go away after a few days of your brain and body getting conditioned to the therapy. Scalp pain, mild headache and a feeling of discomfort and neck pain may result in the initial stages which will go away after some time.
TMS has been the most effective solution to heal the chronic, manic, critical, and PSTD types of depressions. It has a proven record of natural healing and faster recovery without long-lasting side effects.
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