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What Is TMS Therapy?

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For those struggling with depression or other mental health disorders, talk therapy, medication, and other more traditional approaches to treatment can be helpful. However, there are many people who have forms of mental health disorders that are resistant to treatment. Treatment-resistant depression, for example, is a type of depression in which a person has failed to respond to two or more antidepressant medications. While this can be disheartening, there are alternative approaches to treatment that can make a difference. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is one such alternative approach for those with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.

TMS is a non-invasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain responsible for mood regulation. It can be used as an alternative to or in combination with medication and often helps individuals who have not responded to other treatment options.

If treatment-resistant depression has kept you from true healing, reach out to Honey Lake Clinic at 888.428.0562 today to learn more about TMS therapy and how it’s used in our programs.

An Overview of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a process involving the application of a specifically calibrated, pulsed magnetic field to parts of the brain. While the use of electrical currents to bring about physiological changes in the brain goes back over a hundred years, transcranial magnetic stimulation is relatively new, with the first iterations of the devices currently in use being created in 1985. TMS devices were first approved by the FDA in 2008, and the technique has since been shown to effectively treat depression in cases where medication and other treatments have been unsuccessful.

How Does Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Work?

The brain is made up of billions of neurons that communicate with one another by sending electrical signals. TMS devices use strong, focused magnetic fields to affect these neurons. The electrodes used in transcranial magnetic stimulation are placed on the scalp near areas of the brain that are associated with mood regulation. When the magnetic field is activated, it causes a tiny electrical current to be sent through the neurons in those areas. This electrical current can stimulate the neurons, causing a change in their function.

TMS is non-invasive and does not require any anesthesia or sedation. Sessions typically last for 20 minutes. During a session, you will sit in a chair while the technician adjusts the transcranial magnetic stimulator to reach your scalp. You may feel a tapping sensation on your head, similar to a massage. Most people find that transcranial magnetic stimulation is comfortable and relaxing.

Does Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Have Side Effects?

TMS is generally considered a safe treatment option, with minimal side effects. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or headache during or after the procedure, but these typically subside quickly. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks that should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Our team is always available to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have about TMS therapy.

Why Choose Honey Lake Clinic for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

At Honey Lake Clinic, we offer transcranial magnetic stimulation as part of our comprehensive mental health treatment programs. Our team has experience in using this alternative approach to help individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health disorders find healing and relief. TMS therapy fits into our mind-body-spirit approach—it’s a non-invasive treatment that can help individuals who have struggled to find relief through other methods of treatment.

Along with TMS therapy, we also offer a range of other evidence-based therapies and resources to address individual needs. Our goal is to provide the support, tools, and guidance needed for lasting recovery and renewed hope.

How TMS Therapy Fits Into Your Treatment Plan

TMS therapy is rarely used as a standalone approach. Instead, it is most effective when used in combination with other forms of treatment, such as talk therapy and medication.

Other therapies that can be used in tandem with transcranial magnetic stimulation include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy – This type of therapy focuses on identifying and changing negative patterns of thought and behavior that are contributing to your depression.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy – This approach can help you learn how to cope with difficult emotions and build healthy skills for managing them.
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) – Past trauma or experiences can contribute to depression and anxiety, but EMDR can help you process these difficult memories in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Neurofeedback – This type of therapy uses biofeedback to help you learn how to change the way your brain responds to stress.

TMS therapy is a safe and effective way to treat depression, particularly if other treatments have not been successful.

Call Honey Lake Clinic Today for Mental Health Treatment

If you’re struggling with treatment-resistant depression or another mental health disorder, don’t give up hope. Transcranial magnetic stimulation may be the alternative approach you need to find lasting healing and recovery. Contact Honey Lake Clinic at 888.428.0562 to learn more about TMS therapy and how it can fit into your personalized treatment plan. Our team is dedicated to helping patients reclaim their stories and achieve their God-given potential through our integrated mind-body-spirit approach to mental health care.