TMS and depression

Learn more about TMS and depression

what is depression?

Clinical depression

Depression is a common mental illness. According to the WHO, an estimated 3.8% of the global population experience depression. Around 30% of people do not improve with medication or other types of treatment – this type of depression is often referred to as treatment resistant depression or MDD (major depressive disorder).
During depression, the brain is not operating at full capacity in the areas responsible for emotion and emotional regulation. The emotional control center of the brain is less active or even in-active. Signals along the neural pathways to and from the brain that would normally regulate moods and emotions do not work properly when a person is clinically depressed.

how tms works

How TMS works as a treatment for depression

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy works by sending short magnetic pulses to target the exact areas of the brain affected by depression – stimulating and activating these neural pathways so that the inactive signals begin firing and working again, thus, restoring the emotional control center.

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Benefits of TMS

Non-invasive, no anesthesia

Allows for increased patient comfort, fewer side effects, and greater accessibility to treatment as it does not involve any surgical procedures or incisions.

Does not affect cognitive function

Allowing patients to continue with their daily activities immediately after treatment.

Mild and transient side effects

TMS’s side effects, such as scalp discomfort or headache, are mild and temporary. Tingling sensations, muscle twitching, or lightheadedness may also occur. These side effects resolve quickly and do not require specific treatment. Click here to read more about TMS safety information.

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