Treat Your Depression with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Depression is an all-too-common condition that affects one in six adults. Although depression is treatable, it still remains the leading cause of disability for Americans between ages 15-44. The reason for this is that many patients don’t always respond to traditional treatment methods, like antidepressants, because of a variety of factors.

If you have depression that isn’t improving, known as treatment-resistant depression, don’t give up hope -- instead, try transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. Our providers at Jacinto Medical Group, located in Baytown, Texas, offer this noninvasive, FDA-approved depression treatment.

There are many hurdles when it comes to treating depression

Treating depression is no easy task. This is because the exact cause of depression is linked to several factors, like genetics, brain chemistry, and one’s environment.

Typically, the first treatment option for depression is taking an antidepressant. However, antidepressants don’t always work, as two-thirds of patients experience no improvement in their symptoms during their first round of medications.

Why do antidepressants often fail? It may be because many patients with depression also have another unconfirmed disorder. For example, depression is often accompanied by bipolar disorder, which doesn’t respond well to antidepressants.

When antidepressants fail, you may undergo psychological counseling, but this doesn’t always help either for the same reason.

TMS therapy can overcome treatment barriers

TMS therapy continues to shine as an effective way to treat and manage depression.

Unlike antidepressants, which alter your brain’s chemistry, TMS therapy uses strong magnetic pulses that stimulate your brain. It targets areas of your brain that control mood, such as the central nervous system, and play a role in depression.

Depression causes decreased activity in certain areas of your brain, and with TMS therapy, you can essentially reawaken these areas that trigger excitability. As a result, your mood --  along with your symptoms -- improves.

How effective is TMS therapy for depression?

TMS therapy sounds great, but how effective is it for treating depression?

According to Harvard Health Publishing, 50-60% of patients with treatment-resistant depression who tried TMS therapy showed significant improvement, and depressive symptoms went away completely for one-third of them.

Several clinical studies have also demonstrated the effectiveness of TMS therapy. One study had patients who failed multiple antidepressant treatments undergo TMS therapy for six weeks. The results showed a drastic improvement in depressive symptoms, with only a small handful of participants experiencing minor symptoms at their six-week follow-up.

Fight depression with TMS therapy

Want to learn more about TMS therapy and whether it’s right for you? Schedule an appointment at Jacinto Medical Group today by phone, or book your appointment online.

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