Are you looking for information regarding TMS depression? TMS is an innovative, FDA approved, cutting edge technology to treat depression. TMS depression is done by repetitively stimulating the brain with pulses in the “depression center” area of the brain known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Over 20-30 sessions the depression begins to dissipate which is the goal of TMS depression treatment.
Many people ask how this is done. The exact mechanism is not known. However, psychiatrists have been using ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy) for over a hundred years. This stimulates the brain through an electrical pulse. Instead of using an electrical impulse to stimulate the brain, TMS utilizes a magnetic pulse to stimulate the brain. ECT is known as one of the most effective treatments for treatment resistant depression, so it not so far of a stretch to think that TMS can be an effective treatment for depression.
There have been enough effective studies with TMS which showed that TMS treatment is more effective than “sham” treatments that the FDA approved this for the treatment of major depressive disorder. FDA stands for the Food and Drug Administration in case you were curious. They are the federal agency that regulates drugs in the United States. Right now there are a few disorders that are FDA approved for TMS treatment which includes major depressive disorder and OCD. There are promising results for the treatment of tinnitis, schizophrenia, bipolar depression, anhedonia, PTSD, anxiety disorders. Right now the treatment of these disorders are considered experimental.
If you would like to learn more and consult with Dr. Tanner regarding the possibility of TMS helping you with your symptoms, then please contact Front Range TMS here.
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