Get to Learn More About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TSM)

This kind of therapy uses non-pharmacological means to help people undergoing depression get well. The specialist can also combine it with other therapies to relieve other symptoms such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental conditions. If you have been diagnosed with depression and treated with no success, worry not for Dr. Ronald P. Winfield is an expert in this kind of treatment. He uses the cutting-edge cloud TMS system to enable people to overcome depression and other conditions.

What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

This non-pharmacological procedure administers magnetic pulses to your brain to activate neurotransmitters in your brain, which in turn stimulates neuron activity in the areas of your brain that are in charge of mood regulation. This method is mainly used to treat depression in patients who have not had success with other forms of treatment. It is also used to treat other mental disorders which are closely related to depression.

Which Conditions Can be Treated Using TMS?

It is effective in the treatment of other mental conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and adult attention-deficit disorder (ADD), or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although this kind of treatment is approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression only, there is hope that in the near future, it will be approved for the treatment of OCD, PTSD, and ADD/ADHD. The specialist, however, uses a combination of TMS and other therapies to offer you comprehensive mental health care that is individualized in such a way that it meets your needs.

How Does TMS Work?

During the procedure, you will be made comfortable in a reclining chair beside the TMS machine, which has a monitor and an arm fixed with an electromagnetic coil. You will then be given earplugs to wear, and the electromagnetic coil is then placed against your head. The TMS machine then produces stimulating pulses through your skull to your brain. In the process, you might hear tapping or clicking, then a brief silence. The specialist will adjust the amount of magnetic stimulation basing it on your response to the treatment. This procedure may last up to 30-40 minutes, and in the process, you may feel mild scalp discomfort. The discomfort might as well continue for a short while after you complete your session. Most people are able to return to their normal activities immediately after they complete their procedure.

Is TMS Safe?

It is generally safe because it is non-invasive and is also approved by the FDA. However, it has some side effects such as headaches, light-headedness, and facial twitching. There is no need to worry over these side effects, for they will fade over time. The specialist will always review your health history first before recommending TSM. This health history will help them ensure that you do not have any contraindications to the treatment.

In a nutshell, if you are experiencing depression that does not respond to any kind of treatment, then do not hesitate to contact Great Lowell Psychiatric Associates or book an appointment with them online.

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