Depression takes on many forms, as do the treatment options now available for severe depression disorders. Valbuena 360 Wellness Center is proud to announce that we are now providing TMS services. This exciting new treatment may benefit many people suffering from depression. Neurospa of Arizona will now be under Valbuena 360 Wellness Center. Below is a brief description of the treatment. Please follow Valbuena360Wellness on IG and Facebook as we ramp up our activity detailing our new services.
What is TMS treatment for depression?
Patients with unipolar major depression or MDD are given pharmaceuticals such as SSRI or serotonin reuptake inhibitors. However, some patients are resistant to this form of therapy and become candidates for TMS or transcranial electromagnetic stimulation. Unlike ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), TMS poses fewer health risks because it does not require general anesthesia and induction of seizures.
How do our treatment providers utilize TMS?
TMS treats major depression disorder by modulating electrical and neurochemical activity in the outer surface of the brain or the cortex and other connected brain regions. To achieve this, an alternating current is passed through electrically conductive coils placed next to the patient’s head. The current induces an alternating magnetic field within the metal coils strong enough to penetrate the skull into the brain tissue easily. The changing magnetic field then affects the neurons in the brain, increasing neurotransmitter turnover.
Who would benefit from TMS the most?
Patients with a major depressive disorder who have failed at least one antidepressant medication and/or failed a trial of ECT.
Who may not be a candidate for TMS?
Patients that are not recommended for TMS therapy are those with:
- Increased risk for seizures.
- Implanted metallic hardware (bullet fragments, aneurysm, etc.).
- Cochlear implants.
- Implanted electrical devices (pacemakers, medication pumps, etc.).
- Unstable general medical disorders.
Patients with a family history of seizures can still be considered candidates for TMS therapy for MDD if they have already exhausted multiple pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, and ECT trials.
What is the Efficacy of TMS?
In one meta-analysis of 1383 MDD patients who have taken at least one antidepressant, acute treatment with TMS have shown clinically significant improvements compared to placebo treatment.
What are the common side effects of TMS?
Possible side effects of TMS therapy include headache and scalp pain at the site where the insulated coils touch the patient’s head.
If you think you or a family member may suffer from some form of depression or have any questions, we are available to help.