About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is a new treatment cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October, 2008 for those patients suffering from major depression who have not achieved satisfactory results from prior anti-depressant medication treatment. TMS Therapy can be performed in a psychiatrist’s office, under his or her supervision, using a medical device called the TMS Therapy system. TMS Therapy is non-invasive. It does not involve surgery, and it does not require any anesthesia or sedation. The patient remains awake and alert during the entire treatment. TMS Therapy is non-systemic. It is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the blood stream throughout the body. Typically, the initial treatment course consists of five (5) treatments per week over period of 4-6 weeks, with an average of 20-30 total treatments. Treatment sessions last approximately 20 minutes.To find out more about this state of art, non-pharmacologic treatment for depression, please visit our dedicated TMS website at tmscenterofwestvirginia.com.

About Depression

Depression is a serious medical illness affecting millions of Americans each year. Often debilitating, depression results in a constant state of sadness or loss of interest or pleasure. Depression interferes with an individual’s thoughts, mood, behavior, and often with their physical health. If left untreated, depression can be a lethal disease. Each year in the United States, it is estimated that over 30,000 people die by suicide. It is believed that over half of those suffered from depression. Women are almost twice as likely to suffer from depression as men, though many feel that depression in men goes unreported. Depression affects all races, and has no socioeconomic or ethnic boundaries. About two-thirds of those who experience depression will experience a second episode at some time during their life.

The exact cause of depression is unknown. The leading scientific theory is that it is caused by decreased activity in the neural networks of the brain that regulate motivation and emotion. Increasing the levels of neurotransmitters (the chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells) in the brain has been found to reactivate these neural networks, or to create new networks. Depression is most commonly treated with anti-depressant medications. It is believed that these medications work by increasing the levels of the neurotransmitters in the brain. However, millions of patients do not receive adequate benefits from these anti-depressant medications, and many cannot tolerate the side effects associated with taking medications. For these patients, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy offers an alternative treatment.

Depression Symptoms

Depression causes a constant state of sadness or loss of ability to experience pleasure. Individuals experiencing depression often lose interest in everyday hobbies and activities that once were enjoyable. According to the standard diagnosis guide (DSM-IV-TR) published by the American Psychiatric Association, depression is diagnosed when a patient is experiencing either a depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure plus four or more of the following symptoms during the same two-week period:

  • Significant weight loss (not associated with dieting) or weight gain (greater than 5% of body weight in one month)
  • Significant decrease or increase in appetite
  • Excessive insomnia or sleepiness
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Loss of energy or fatigue occurring nearly every day
  • Excessive and inappropriate guilt or feelings of worthlessness every day
  • Decreased ability to concentrate, think, or make decisions
  • Recurrent thoughts of suicide or death

tms-box-picIf you are experiencing any of these depression symptoms, contact our office today at 304.768.6170 to speak with one of our intake operators who can assist you in setting up an appointment with one of our psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or licensed professional counselor who has the expertise you need to discuss your depression treatment options. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy may provide an alternative depression treatment for those who have been unsuccessful with anti-depressant medication treatment.

For more information, please visit us our website at tmscenterofwestvirginia.com.