Therapy for depression
There is a lot of therapy for depression which can include medications, psychotherapy, exercise, and non-invasive treatment such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (or TMS or rTMS). Many people do not like the side effects of medications as it can cause sexual problems, systemic problems such as nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, sweating, irritability, and more. This had led people to seek alternative therapy for depression including TMS.
We would recommend that you consider TMS as an alteranative therapy for depression. It is a non invasive, drug free, FDA approved treatment for the conditions of major depressive disorder and OCD. Each session is only 19 minutes and does not involve pain. There will be tapping sensations to your head during the treatment which at first is typically described as annoying such as a child tapping your head over and over again. After a couple minutes, this annoying sensation improves, and the treatment becomes more comfortable. The first treatment is typically described as taking a few minutes to get used to it, but subsequent treatments are more comfortable and easier to tolerate.
Some people elect to do TMS as their therapy for depression because once they are done with the treatment, they do not have to take a daily medication. Compliance is a struggle for a lot of people in which they have to take a medicine once or sometimes twice a day. Some patient feel that they are “dependent” on the medications or “weak.” This stigma is difficult to remove in a lot of patients who prefer to get non-invasive treatment and then they are done, and the entire process is medication free.
If you would like to get started with TMS treatment, please give us a call or email us to setup for a free consultation. Our contact information is here.