If you’re struggling with depression, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy can provide a noninvasive solution without the use of medication. Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA, in Jacksonville, Florida, is a board-certified psychiatrist with more than 20 years of experience treating mental health disorders like depression. To learn more about innovative and painless depression therapies like TMS, call Dr. Madkaiker or schedule an appointment online today.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is an FDA-approved, noninvasive treatment for depression that stimulates the brain’s nerve cells. This therapy targets areas of the brain directly associated with mood control and depression that are believed to be less active in people with depression.
TMS provides long-term results when used to treat depression. You might be a good candidate for TMS therapy if you:
TMS is a painless procedure that doesn’t use any medication. To deliver short pulses of magnetic fields to your brain, Dr. Madkaiker places an electromagnetic coil near your forehead against your scalp. During your treatment, the repetitive magnetic pulse painlessly stimulates your nerve cells.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation shouldn’t be confused with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), often referred to as shock therapy. While ECT is also a highly successful treatment for depression, it requires sedation and can cause short-term confusion and memory loss.
To confirm that you’re a good candidate for TMS therapy, Dr. Madkaiker might perform labs and a physical exam. He also performs a psychiatric evaluation and discusses your history of depression and symptoms.
During your treatment, you sit in a chair while watching television or listening to the radio. TMS therapy is painless, so anesthesia isn’t necessary. While the magnetic pulse is active, you might hear clicking sounds and feel a tapping sensation on your forehead.
TMS treatments take 20 minutes and there’s no downtime, so you can resume normal activities following your procedure, including driving. For best results, Dr. Madkaiker recommends TMS therapy five days a week for up to 4-6 weeks.
Following your treatment, you might experience discomfort where the electromagnetic coil was placed against your skin. This typically resolves within a week.
If TMS therapy is an effective treatment for your depression, you can expect to see relief from your symptoms within a few weeks. Depending on your response, Dr. Madkaiker might recommend additional sessions in the future to help maintain the results.
To read more about TMS Therapy, click here to access our brochure. For alternative treatment options like TMS therapy to manage your depression, call Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA, or schedule an appointment online today.