TMS Treats Depression Without Medication
Many antidepressant side effects are so disruptive to everyday life that some patients will choose to stop taking them. Failure to take depression medications is a factor in treatment-resistant depression. TMS therapy, sometimes called magnetic therapy, offers a non-invasive answer to the question of “how to treat depression without medication?”
How Does TMS Work?
TMS therapy is a non-invasive, easily-tolerated treatment for severe or treatment-resistant depression that is less disruptive to the lives of patients and their families and more appropriate than other therapies. If you’ve ever wondered how to get out of depression without meds, TMS could be an answer.
- TMS treatment is administered by a specially trained technician, under the supervision of a psychiatrist, placing a magnetic coil against the scalp near the forehead. The coil emits a magnetic pulse that stimulates increased brain cell activity in this area, which regulates mood and emotional response. The specific amount of stimulation needed is determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Active Recovery TMS therapy takes just 20 minutes per treatment and does not use anesthesia. Therefore, patients are able to resume normal activities after sessions and even drive themselves home.
- Any side effects following TMS treatment will be assessed by the attending physician after the session. Some patients take over-the-counter medications to address headaches they experience, if any.