What are the side effects of TMS?
One of the best parts of TMS is the minimal side effects. With TMS therapy:
- You are awake and alert during treatment
- You don’t need anesthesia or sedation
- The treatment is “non-systemic,” meaning it does not involve medication taken by mouth, so nothing is circulating in your bloodstream
- You can resume your usual activities immediately
- Your memory or mental clarity is not affected
Like any other type of depression treatment, some side effects are possible. These may include:
- Discomfort where the coil is placed
- Tingling, spasms, or twitching of facial muscles
Most of these side effects are mild and go away shortly after each session. They should also diminish with each additional session. Sometimes, depression symptoms may feel worse before they start to improve. As with any medical treatment, let your provider know of any side effects.
Is TMS right for me?
TMS can be a helpful form of alternative depression therapy if you have not found any lasting or meaningful change to your quality of life from other treatments. Not only is TMS therapy easy and noninvasive, but more than 60 clinical trials have shown it to be effective.
TMS should not be used if you:
- Have any metal implants in or near your head
- Have any electronic devices in your head or body, such as a pacemaker
- Have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder
Researchers are not yet sure how TMS affects:
- Women who are pregnant and nursing
- Children and teens
- People with neurological disorders
- Individuals over age 68.
TMS is safe whether or not you are also receiving oral antidepressant medications. Because depression involves several different factors, including environment and lifestyle, your therapist may recommend you receive talk therapy and other treatment approaches with TMS.
How can I get started with TMS?
Contact MindPath Care Centers at 877-876-3783 to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for TMS therapy for depression.
Many major commercial and Medicare plans now cover TMS therapy for depression. MindPath Care Centers now accepts Medicare, BCBS, United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, and Tricare for TMS treatment. As with other medical treatments, contact your specific insurance provider to confirm whether TMS is covered for you.
If you or a loved one currently struggle with depression, there is help and hope.
At MindPath Care Centers, we believe that each person has a right to compassionate, thorough, personalized care. Since 1994, we have made your empowerment our priority, and are committed to providing the resources and knowledge you need to thrive.
Providing individual, patient-centered care not only benefits the individual, but strengthens our families and communities. MindPath Care Centers is committed to being an accessible, comfortable, safe place to receive mental health care from over 150 experienced, professional associates. This diverse network allows our experts to collaborate to provide the best care possible.
If you have struggled with depression and felt frustrated by ineffective treatments, there is still hope and help for you. Call now to be matched with a specialist near you. Take your first step to living to your full potential!
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