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.
Accomplished Physician with numerous certifications and years of experience in Substance Abuse Treatment and Internal Medicine. Strong understanding of the importance of the implementation of Medical Protocols in the effective treatment of Substance Use Disorder. Known as an early adopter who thinks “outside the box”, and is always actively involved in finding new innovative therapeutic and diagnostic modalities, utilizing the latest cutting edge technology, to help find a solution to the current addictions epidemic that is rampant throughout the nation.
- Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician Licensed in FL.
- SAMHSA certification for Suboxone (Waivered for 200 patients) – 2015
- Buprenorphine Training Activity v4.0
- Neurostar University Certified TMS Treater Certification
- ECFMG Certification – 2003