Depression is a type of mood disorder that has the potential to interfere in your life in major ways. It can affect your emotional and physical health, as well as the way you think, behave, and feel. Some symptoms of depression may include:
And while depression can, unfortunately, interrupt your day to day lifestyle, there is hope: there are a wide range of therapeutic approaches (such as psychotherapy and medications) that have been proven to significantly improve the lives of those living with depression. A type of therapy for depression often used in individuals who have resisted various other kinds of treatment is called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. Sometimes colloquially referred to as magnetic therapy or rTMS, TMS works by delivering repeated magnetic pulses to your brain.
During a TMS session, your clinician will put an electromagnetic coil near your forehead, just against your scalp. This electromagnet will then deliver a painless magnetic pulse that works to stimulate the nerve cells in the part of your brain that is in charge of depression and controlling your mood. Although scientists are not entirely sure how TMS works, they suspect that it does so because it activates the parts of your brain that have been less active, possibly causing you to feel depressed. It is important to note that there are different ways clinicians can perform TMS on a client, and their techniques are constantly evolving as specialists learn more effective ways to administer the treatment.
In general, side effects associated with TMS tend to be between mild and moderate; they often improve shortly after a TMS session and tend to decrease over time, as one goes through more sessions. These side effects could include:
If you experience discomfort during your TMS session, your doctor can always adjust the stimulation level to reduce your symptoms; they may even suggest you take over the counter pain medications, such as Advil or Tylenol, prior to your procedure. And unlike with electroconvulsive therapy, TMS does not run the risk of causing seizures. Furthermore, it does not require the use of anesthesia to sedate patients during the process.
Another form of therapy that has been proven to be effective in individuals suffering from depression is group therapy. And here at Grouport, we offer just that: group therapy that is conducted from the safety of your home. You can find the answers to FAQs here.