When it comes to disorders or illnesses that involve the human brain, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is gaining acceptance as an effective treatment protocol. The team in the psychiatry department at Jacinto Medical Group not only uses TMS for its FDA-approved use for depression and OCD, but as an off-label treatment for a host of conditions, from chronic pain to dementia. If you’d like to explore the wide applications of TMS, call their psychiatry clinic in Baytown, Texas, or use the online scheduler to request an appointment.
The statistics surrounding depression are alarming — 1 in 6 adults in the United States will deal with depression at some point in their lives.
No two cases of depression are alike as every person responds differently. That said, depression commonly leads to overwhelming sadness, a feeling of hopelessness, and a loss of interest. One of the main hurdles when it comes to treating depression is that medical researchers haven’t identified a single cause of the disorder. They have, however, made several links to:
While most cases of depression are first treated with drugs that alter your brain’s chemistry, this treatment protocol isn’t always successful and requires time and patience to get the right dosing and combination of drugs. If your depression resists this pharmacological approach, many patients have found success with TMS therapy, which relies on magnetic pulses to awaken certain areas in your brain that control your moods.
While the FDA has approved TMS for major depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, scientific evidence is mounting that the therapy can help in a number of other mental disorders and illnesses. Because of this success in other areas, the team at Jacinto Medical Group offers off-label TMS therapy to treat:
While these illnesses and disorders may seem wildly varied, they all share one thing in common — a connection to the brain. Because TMS works to stimulate certain areas of your brain, the therapy has proven effective in improving the lives of those who suffer from any of the conditions in the list above.
TMS therapy is a noninvasive treatment and most patients tolerate the procedure extremely well. During the therapy, which is conducted in the psychiatric department at Jacinto Medical Group, your doctor places you under a specialized machine that emits magnetic pulses harmlessly into your brain.
Each session takes less than an hour and there’s no downtime needed, which means you’re free to go about your day directly afterward.
When it comes to TMS therapy, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. If your disorder or illness has resisted other treatments, your psychiatric specialist may recommend a course of daily (or several times a week) treatments for a few weeks to reactivate areas in your brain that have gone dormant.
During this time, your doctor monitors your progress and makes any necessary adjustments. Your results, if TMS therapy is effective, are gradual as you work your way through your TMS therapy.
If you’d like to explore the possibilities of TMS therapy, call Jacinto Medical Group to learn more. Or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.