Transcranial Magnetic StimulationHouston, TX
We can use advanced technology to help enhance the treatment process for a variety of mental illnesses in a treatment process known as transcranial magnetic stimulation. This treatment can also help to promote a better mental state and overall emotional health. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic impulses to stimulate specific nerve cells in the brain.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS, is available at Wholehealth PLLC in Houston and the surrounding area. This high-tech treatment is designed to help with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other mental health problems. While not a miraculous cure for everyone who has an emotional disorder, TMS has helped many people who have depression enjoy a better quality of life.
Call us at 832-831-3183 to schedule an appointment and learn more about this treatment today.
How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Works
In patients with depression, certain areas of the brain may not be as active as in other people. The purpose of TMS is to activate these nerve centers and cause them to release neurotransmitters. Releasing the neurotransmitters may help alleviate depression symptoms such as anxiety, sadness, irritability, fatigue, and sleep issues.
TMS uses a special coil to create electromagnetic pulses. When the physician holds this coil over the patient’s scalp, these pulses travel into nearby areas of the brain and stimulate the nerve cells there. TMS treatments usually target the front part of the scalp, the location of the brain’s left prefrontal cortex. Scientists believe that this area may regulate mood.
The doctor adjusts the intensity of the magnetic pulse for each patient to reduce any discomfort while achieving the desired stimulation. The strength of these electrical currents is only about as strong as a magnetic resonance imaging scan. Sedation and anesthesia are generally not required, and patients stay awake during treatment.
Many patients have TMS treatments that are completely pain-free. They usually notice a tapping or tingling sensation, as well as a clicking sound. Some patients notice headaches or scalp discomfort, though these side effects typically diminish over the course of treatment. Our team does everything possible to help you feel comfortable.
The Benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Depression
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, TMS may be effective for patients with depression who have not responded to traditional medications. TMS treatments can be helpful as an alternative therapy for major depression or as a way to increase the effects of other options, including psychotherapy and antidepressants.
At Wholehealth PLLC, we develop a customized treatment plan for each patient. Our psychiatrist and team will construct a treatment plan that may include TMS treatment if it is beneficial to the patient's condition. We can help alter the way a patient's brain functions to help promote healing and a healthier lifestyle.
Learn more about transcranial magnetic stimulation and other treatments that may be effective for you by calling 832-831-3183 today and schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for transcranial magnetic stimulation to work?
The number of TMS sessions a patient needs and the frequency of appointments will vary per patient. In general, we may recommend multiple sessions with the possibility of multiple sessions per week for a treatment plan. We can go over more of these details with our psychiatrist and team during the initial consultation.
How long do the effects of TMS treatments last?
Not all patients notice benefits from TMS, though most do. When effective, TMS treatments often help patients feel better for about one year. After that, patients may return for additional TMS therapy.
Are there any side effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation?
TMS treatment does not appear to have serious side effects for most patients. Some individuals may experience scalp discomfort, headaches, muscle twitching, or lightheadedness. Long-term effects are not currently known.
How long does each TMS treatment take?
TMS treatment sessions last about 40 minutes. Patients can generally resume daily activities immediately. This includes driving or returning to work.
Are there any patients who should not use TMS therapy?
We may not recommend TMS for people who have a high risk of seizures. Other conditions that may prevent TMS treatment include a history of head trauma, epilepsy, or other severe neurological disorders. Patients with metal fragments or medical implants, such as pacemakers and metal stents, should avoid TMS due to the strong magnetic fields used in treatment.
Does the FDA approve transcranial magnetic stimulation?
TMS is an FDA-approved treatment for depression. Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation stimulates deeper brain tissues. TMS is an FDA-approved treatment for depression. Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation stimulates deeper brain tissues. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, states that this process is approved by the FDA for OCD.
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