Many people suffer from major depressive disorder, which can have a monumentally devastating impact on all aspects of their lives. When left untreated, the symptoms of depression can cause individuals to isolate themselves, resulting in a demise of important friendships, martial struggles, and overall familial strife. Such symptoms can also lead individuals to fail to attend work or school, or to struggle to perform to the expected standard occupationally or academically. Either situation has the potential to result in job loss or demotion, or academic failure, suspension, or expulsion. Furthermore, the longer that the symptoms of depression persist, the more likely it is that they will negatively impact the individual’s physical and mental health as well, leading to greater devastation in the individual’s life and further perpetuating the vicious cycle of depression.
Fortunately, there are many treatment programs, like those at MeadowWood’s inpatient treatment center, that have proven effective in successfully treating the symptoms of depression. Yet, despite the many successes, there are also many cases in which the various programs for care, including psychotropic medications and therapeutic interventions, do not successfully allow an individual to fully heal. In other words, there are cases in which individuals simply do not respond to treatment. In such circumstances, these individuals often find themselves being forced onto a path of continually trying different medications in search of something that will work to alleviate their distress.
MeadowWood’s inpatient treatment center in New Castle, DE services individuals who have not responded to previous treatment modalities or medications. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, otherwise known as TMS therapy, was developed as a safe and effective treatment program for individuals who are suffering from depression. TMS therapy works by stimulating the specific areas of the brain that are underactive as a result of major depression.
This relatively new form of therapy was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008. NeuroStar TMS has created this pain-free system that consists of placing a small coil on targeted areas of a patient’s head and then inducing magnetic pulses. This innovative program for care has provided relief for many individuals who are suffering from the often debilitating symptoms of major depressive disorder and who were previously treatment-resistant.
What Happens During TMS Therapy?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation consists of a four-step process, as outlined in the following:
- Step One: The patient reclines comfortably in the treatment chair.
- Step Two: The magnetic coil is contained within a small, curved device that rests lightly on the patient’s head.
- Step Three: The device delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the patient’s brain.
- Step Four: Upon completion of the therapy, the patient can immediately resume his or her normal activities.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy is pain-free. While taking part in the treatment session, the patient will hear a clicking sound and will feel a tapping sensation on his or her head. While there is no pain experienced during this therapy, there does exist the potential for possible side effects to arise. The most common is temporary mild to moderate discomfort near or at the area on the head where the stimulation took place. However, this side effect will typically only occur during the first week of treatment.
The entire transcranial magnetic stimulation process takes 37 minutes, and the procedure takes place in a comfortable office setting. Most patients will engage in TMS therapy five times over the span of four to six weeks.
During the entire procedure, patients remain awake and alert and should not experience any negative effects on their alertness or on their understanding of what is occurring. TMS therapy has benefited more than 25,000 patients, providing them with a successful treatment experience and alleviation of their depression symptoms.
Who Can Participate in TMS Therapy?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy at MeadowWood’s inpatient treatment center services individuals who are suffering from major depressive disorder, but have not previously had success with more traditional treatment interventions. TMS therapy is also immensely beneficial for patients who experience severe side effects when taking antidepressant medications.
If you are unsure as to whether or not transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy will be beneficial in meeting your needs, please contact us and we will gladly help you determine if this is an appropriate treatment option for you.
TMS Therapy Success Rate
A clinical study involving 800 individuals who completed between 20 and 30 transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy sessions revealed that 50% of patients experienced significant improvement and 33% reported that they were symptom-free by the end of their treatment experience.
If you are interested in learning more about TMS therapy or any of the other innovative treatment programs that we offer here at MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle near Wilmington, Deleware, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience.
For more information please click here, and call our TMS coordinator directly at: (302) 323-8039.