TMS Is As Effective As It Is Non-Invasive
How does TMS work? TMS was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008 for the treatment of severe depression. It is a non-invasive therapeutic method that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain related to depression and depressive symptoms. TMS reviews from patients support that TMS is a more appropriate and milder method to treat severe, or treatment-resistant, depression. Does TMS really work? Numerous studies indicate the TMS therapy success rate in treating depression is high and TMS treatment reviews anecdotally support these scientific findings.
- A 16-week clinical trial across 22 medical centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel in 2009 indicated a TMS success rate of “significant remission (32.6 percent) and response (38.4 percent)” at study end.1
- Among the overall participant population of a 2011 study on the TMS therapy success rate, one in two patients achieved response (improvement in symptoms) and one in three patients achieved remission by trial end.2
- In a 2012 study led by Linda Carpenter of Brown University on TMS success rate, it was reported that 58 percent of TMS patients participating in the study had a significant reduction in depressive symptoms.3
- That same study indicated 37 percent of participating TMS patients experienced a complete remission of their major depressive disorder.4
- Rush University Medical Center of Chicago conducted a research study in 2013 that concluded “TMS is effective in the acute treatment of [major depressive disorder]” based on a measurable reduction in depressive symptoms.5
- A 2015 study supports the use of deep TMS (dTMS) in the treatment of major depressive disorder, with TMS therapy success rates for participants who underwent dTMS above 38 percent and remission rates for that same population at just above 32 percent.6
Measuring the Severity of Depression – the PHQ-9 Scale
Does TMS work, more specifically, how does one know it works? When measuring the severity of depression and depressive symptoms, clinicians use the ninth module (the depression module) of a tool called the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9). The PHQ-9 is a question-based multipurpose instrument for diagnosing, monitoring, and measuring the severity of depression. It scores the frequency of each of the nine DSM-V criteria for depression within a range of 0 (“not at all”) to 3 (“nearly every day”). PHQ-9 is a self-reporting mechanism that has been assessed against a structured interview with a mental health professional (MHP). This is done to determine its validity as a diagnostic instrument. Take the Active Recovery Online PHQ-9, if you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of depression and would like to learn more.
The PHQ-9 is often used as a scientific metric for the effect of a treatment on patients with major depressive disorder. Improvement over time in depressive symptoms would be indicated by progressively lower scores on the PHQ-9.
TMS Therapy Reviews and TMS Therapy Testimonials
Transcranial magnetic stimulation reviews confirm that TMS is an easily-tolerated and effective method for treatment-resistant depression, with few, mild and short-lived side effects. Below are some TMS reviews and TMS therapy testimonials from patients, their loved ones, and their providers. They can offer insight into the question of “how does TMS work” and whether it’s right for your situation.
“I saw results pretty much immediately. Even after my first treatment, I felt different than when I came in.”
“[TMS] brought me back to who I really am, the person that I really am. It was hard for me to believe that anything would do that.”
“With medication, it just got to the point where the side effects outweighed the benefits. TMS worked better than any medication with no side effects; that was the biggest plus.”
“So, I’ve been struggling with anxiety and depression since I [was] five years old...There comes a point where we don’t know what to do anymore. And this is still such a new technology that is proven in myself to work that it is 100 percent worth every ounce of energy to [research] it. TMS has saved my life and the way my brain is able to work at this level is going to take me to new places I’ve never been able to go before.”
“16 million people suffer from depression in this country. 6 million of them have drug-resistant depression which means they do not find any relief. Hi, my name is Ben Klein and I know this very well as my oldest daughter suffers from depression and she did not find any relief from the drugs. We found TMS therapy and we got her the treatment and it completely changed her life.”
“I have dealt with anxiety and depression most of my life. Historically, I went on and off a variety of medications to help my state of mind. But I always found myself hating the side effects. I didn't realize there were other options until I was introduced to TMS therapy. At first, I was very skeptical. But I can now say with complete confidence that TMS therapy works! After 36 days of treatment, I now feel better than I have felt in a very long time—and all without any medication. I do believe that TMS therapy is the future of mental health.”
“I’ve been suffering from depression for 45 years. I’ve probably been on five to six different antidepressants. And even when they did work, there was that underlying feeling of depression, and it would never go away. The treatment is nothing to be afraid of, it doesn’t hurt, you sit in this wonderful spa-type chair and relax...I got used to it right away and actually started looking forward to my treatments. My husband, my treater, the doctor, my best friends were totally amazed when I was done. They told me that I was such a different person and I just blossomed. It’s like coming out of a shell. There are so many people that suffer from depression that can be helped by this. Five people that I know have done the treatment and all five have had great success. It makes me feel great because they come up to me and say, ‘You helped save my life, you sent me in this direction, and I’m better!’”
“I decided to look into TMS after speaking to my therapist, and I found Active Recovery TMS...I had been an athlete in my past life, as I saw it, and I felt like I was very successful within my profession and I just had a really hard time kind of being at the top of my game. I tried many different types of medication and none of them seemed to get me back to my old self, if you will. So I thought I might as well look into things that were alternative to medication. I am so glad I made that call to Dr. Horey, because active recovery has really set me on a path that I feel I've got some good momentum going forward.
The improvements were gradual but I started to feel it after about two weeks, but it’s been five months now and I’ve only gotten better. From that first call to the fitting of the helmet through follow-up, I feel like I was very well cared for with Active Recovery and that they have my best interests in mind. They are very happy today, even, to see that I’m doing well.
I finished my TMS treatment in July; it’s now December. The nice thing about TMS treatment is you walk in the door, you undergo the treatment, they talk to you very briefly about how you’re feeling, make sure everything is good (and it always is), you walk back out, and you go about your life. For anybody who is on the fence about TMS treatment, I would definitely recommend that you reach out to Active Recovery and take that opportunity to investigate further. I’m just really glad that I made that call to Dr. Horey and set that first appointment with Active Recovery because ultimately after all these treatments I really feel like I’m on a path to that happiness that I was looking for.”