Is TMS The Best Of The Alternative Treatments For Depression?
You might wonder why transcranial magnetic stimulation would be thought of as an alternative treatment at all? TMS is, after all, becoming more and more mainstream every day, as evidence accumulates, and clinical experience confirms what thousands of patients have already found.
Over 20,000 Americans have found the repetitive short magnetic field pulses delivered by TMS to be effective in treating their depressive symptoms without all the side effects associated with medications and ECT.
Is TMS A Good Alternative To Medications?
Antidepressants have their place in the treatment of depression, but sometimes they don’t work very well. They may take way too long to work. Finding the right medicine isn’t easy either. Then there’s the…
Very frequently antidepressant medicines produce bothersome side effects – weight gain, tummy issues, sexual side effects, and many others – all of which are systemic. Systemic side effects are caused by chemicals which circulate throughout the entire body, and interact with receptors throughout the brain and body. An ideal medication – an ideal medicine yet to be invented – would target just exactly the right spot in the brain.
Why is TMS an alternative to ECT?
Shock treatment (ECT) may also have its place in psychiatric treatment. It works sometimes, even though the results are far too often not long lasting. But, ECT requires anesthesia. ECT leaves patients confused and disoriented. ETC causes memory impairment. ECT also causes seizures 100% of the time; that’s how ECT works, by causing convulsions.
Traditional ECT targets the entire brain, but is that necessary?
Traditional ECT zaps the entire brain with electrical currents. This alters brain functions throughout the central nervous system, and causes side effects. Researchers in the ECT world are developing more targeted treatments with fewer side effects.
An ideal treatment for depression would target the exact spot necessary to treat the disease.
In Treating Depression TMS Targets The Dorsolaterial Prefrontal Cortex
Doesn’t it make sense to aim for the spot in the brain – the DLPFC – understood to be the target? Unfortunately medications and ECT aren’t advanced enough to accurately hit a very small target. Relative to the precise targeting of TMS their effects are scattered all over the place.
The Best Alternative Treatment For Depression In Augusta – TMS – Hits The Dorsolaterial Prefrontal Cortex.
We target the exact spot in the brain we need to hit for the treatment to work. ECT and antidepressants use a shotgun approach, whereas TMS zeros in on the bulls eye!
Very much different from ECT and antidepressant drugs, transcranial magnetic stimulation may be the best of the alternative treatments for depression. Throughout Georgia, depression’s victims now have another choice – safe, effective, and free of systemic side effects.
Maybe pretty soon TMS will be too mainstream to be considered alternative to anything; we wouldn’t be surprised.