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TMS Therapy & Depression: How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Can Treat Depressive Disorder

September 9, 2019

If you live with depression or depressive symptoms, you’ve likely been on the hunt for a way to transform your brain. You know that medication is available – and comes with a wide range of side effects. You know that therapy can be transformative, but takes time. If you’ve been looking for something to treat your depression in a fast, meaningful way, consider TMS therapy.

What is TMS therapy?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation – or TMS – is a therapeutic treatment that delivers impressive results. At Acacia Mental Health, we use a TMS device with Theta Burst stimulation by MagVenture™. Theta-burst is a stimulation pattern similar to how the brain communicates naturally. The treatment is FDA-approved and noninvasive. In clinical practice, TMS therapy delivered relief from depression for most patients with just six weeks of treatment.

How does TMS therapy work for depression?
The TMS device stimulates specific neural targets. Stimulating this part of the brain can significantly minimize your symptoms because it kick starts the under active nerve cells in your brain.

TMS therapy delivers impressive results quickly. If you’ve been looking for a way to noticeably minimize your depression symptoms – and potentially eliminate them altogether – TMS therapy could be for you. It’s an effective treatment for people who haven’t responded well to medication or don’t want to deal with the side effects medication causes.

Is TMS therapy safe?
Absolutely. In addition to its FDA approval, it has been run through over 60 clinical trials around the world. And, unlike most medication that treats depression, it doesn’t have systemic side effects.

Not only is TMS therapy safe, it’s also comfortable. Patients don’t need anesthesia and can drive to and from the appointments. The treatment itself usually lasts less than 15 minutes. Most patients describe it as a “tapping” feeling on their heads that is a bit uncomfortable their first sessions, but it usually disappears entirely by their second week.

How do I get started?
If you’re interested in learning more about TMS therapy, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Acacia Mental Health. We were one of the first practices in the country to offer this innovative, safe treatment. We offer TMS therapy in our warm, welcoming office so you can feel comfortable and relaxed during your sessions.

TMS therapy could be the right treatment for your depression. If you have any questions you’d like answered or want to discuss starting your TMS therapy, contact Acacia Mental Health today.

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I love treating my patients with TMS because they usually get better and they usually get better fast.

I woke up and I just felt good. It was a weird sensation… I don’t feel this dark cloud over me.

47 year old woman, with bipolar depression after 6 sessions of TMS.

I’m thinking quicker. Thoughts take better directions. I don't have to fight as hard to think coherent thoughts, or be rational.

19 year old young man , with depression, after session 12.

The shoulders are lighter, the face is different. My cheeks are getting sore from smiling so much! ...This has enlightened my heart again.

60 year old woman , in remission by TMS after decades of depression.

I noticed I was appreciating things a lot more... noticing how nice it was on my walk to class.

21 year old university student , who got TMS for depression, which is now in remission.

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