Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: What is it, Who Can Have it and is it Effective?
Have you heard of TMS? It stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation and, according to reports, could offer hope to people with clinical depression when other treatments haven't helped.
Dealing with Treatment-Resistant Depression
Depression causes great suffering, and it can be more difficult to treat than many realize. This is important for a depressed person to know so that he or she does not give up hope and continues to search for relief from feelings of sadness.
Mood-Boosting Magnets Might Help Treat Depression
One of the leading causes of disability in the United States isn’t physical—it’s mental. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 15 million adults—approximately 6.7 percent of the population—suffer from major depressive disorder.
Improving Memory with Magnets
Using that data, researchers then applied transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) at the same theta frequency to the subjects while they performed the same tasks, to enhance the theta waves and measure the effect on the subjects' memory performance.
Brain stimulation for Alzheimer’s disease patients shows promise
Over six weeks, she received a strong kind of TMS called "theta burst stimulation". The treatment can target four sections of the brain in 12 minutes, compared to standard TMS which targets one section for 20 to 30 minutes. The high-frequency bursts to the left and right frontal and the left and right parietal parts of the brain cause the neurons to fire, boosting activity and strengthening the brain's networks.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation: drug-free treatment for depression
TMS causes the nerves in the brain to fire as opposed to manipulating them with chemicals. "What we found in patients with depression is the activity in their brain is low there are areas in the brain that activity are very low so the nerves are not firing activity. I think I've tried everything out there, but there's side effects or it didn't help," said Andrew Rangel.
Local psychiatrists use pulsed electromagnetic waves to treat depression
With progress at fighting her depression at a standstill, Hoffman’s therapist suggested that she contact South Charleston psychiatrist Dr. Dan Thistlethwaite at PsyCare Inc. to see if she was a good candidate for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS — a relatively new method of treating depression by directing pulses of stimulating electromagnetic energy to nerve cells in areas of the brain that involve mood control.
New non-medicinal treatment helps with depression
Fifteen million Americans live with depression. The most common way they’re treating it is with anti-depressant drugs, but half of them either can’t tolerate the medicine, or they aren’t responding to it. Now doctors are using a non-invasive treatment for depression, and it seems to be offering promising results.
Targeting depression: Treatment uses magnetic pulses to reduce, eliminate symptoms
A recently opened clinic in Durango is now offering a new, drug-free treatment for patients suffering from depression that has just about the same success rate as prescribed medication. “This is really becoming a popular form of treatment that, unlike medication, has no side effects,” said Daniel Caplin, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and owner/medical director of Suttle Street Clinic. “And people want holistic cures rather than depending on medication.
Psychiatrist offers new technology to battle depression
“This technology can be used instead of medication,” said Ablow, who is also a well-known author. “It can be appropriate for those who are profoundly depressed or for whom other solutions have not been successful. This is a well-tolerated solution that the data shows is very effective.” His mini-practice is known as New England TMS, and his office is one of the few in northern New England to be employing the technology, known as dTMS, or deep Transcranial Magnetic Simulation.