Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy, or TMS therapy, is an FDA approved treatment for depression that applies magnetic pulses to stimulate certain parts of the brain which are linked to depression and other kinds of mood disorders. Because it is non-invasive and non-pharmacological, ‘TMS therapy for depression’ (also known as ‘tms บำบัดสำหรับภาวะ ซึมเศร้า’ in the Thai language) offers an alternative for patients whose depression has not improved with other types of antidepressant treatments.
Depression has been called the “common cold” of mental health. Although a number of antidepressant medications are available, not all depression sufferers respond to these treatments.
Because it acts directly on the brain itself, TMS therapy can target specific areas related to mood and energy while bypassing the side effects of typical antidepressant medications, such as weight gain, memory loss, insomnia, and dry mouth.
TMS specifically targets the problem area, whereas general antidepressant medications come with more side effects.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy
During Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy, rhythmic, repetitive magnetic pulses are directed to the brain, usually in the prefrontal cortex.
TMS therapy benefits most people with chronic depression, not just those who fail to respond to antidepressants.
Outcomes of TMS therapy include improved mood, greater energy, and a more positive outlook. TMS is an excellent alternative to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), as it is non-invasive and does not cause memory loss.
TMS treatment sessions typically last less than an hour. TMS therapists recommend a course of five sessions per week for four to six weeks for maximum improvement.