Clinical studies have shown that one in two patients treated with TMS had a 50% reduction in their symptoms, and after six weeks of treatment, one-third (33%) of patients had no symptoms of their depression or were in “remission”. While there has not been a head-to-head trial that compares TMS to antidepressants, a landmark study (called STAR*D) explored the efficacy of medication to treat patients suffering from MDD and less than 15% achieved “remission”.
It is also important to note that TMS treatment may not eliminate the need to continue taking antidepressant medication, but it could reduce the amount of medication needed by the patient and, thereby, minimize the side effects associated with them.
The treatment of depression isn’t a “one-size fits all” and can be managed through various options, including psychotherapy, medication, and TMS. Each patient is unique, and his or her depression can be addressed through one or a combination of these treatments.
TMS therapy offers an effective, non-invasive, FDA-cleared alternative to traditional medications.
Because TMS uses magnetic pulses that are precisely targeted to the brain, it does not cause the side effects associated with antidepressant medications, such as dry mouth, upset stomach, dizziness, drowsiness, weight gain, and sexual dysfunction.
TMS therapy is administered in an outpatient setting. There is no surgery or sedation of any kind. Each session is 30-60 minutes and patients can drive immediately following the session. A typical treatment plan consists of sessions lasting four to six weeks.
TMS therapy often works when other alternatives have failed, giving lasting relief from depression for you and all your family members. If you have a friend or loved one who is not satisfied with the results of other forms of treatment, we can help you determine if TMS therapy can offer them hope and relief.
Whether you encourage someone you care about to learn more about TMS or want to contact us directly, we have a representative who will answer your questions.