Major depression is a serious mental health disorder characterized by a persistently depressed mood, diminished interest in activities, and impaired daily functioning. Treating depression usually involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy. For most, this course of treatment is an effective way of managing the symptoms of depression. Sometimes, however, symptoms either do not improve with traditional treatment modalities or resolve briefly but return, resulting in what is referred to as treatment-resistant depression. In these cases, individuals can benefit from a TMS therapy program.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a relatively new approach that has been clinically proven effective in treating depression. More recent studies indicate that TMS also effectively treats the symptoms of other mental health conditions, including substance use disorders. At Westwind Recovery®, we provide access to TMS therapy by partnering with experienced local TMS providers. To learn more about TMS therapy for depression, contact us at 855.340.8832.
Choosing TMS Therapy for Depression Treatment
TMS is also referred to as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). TMS is an FDA-approved treatment technique that uses targeted magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain known to be underactive in individuals suffering from depression. Not everyone is a candidate for TMS therapy. If you have a major depressive disorder (MDD) diagnosis, have shown a lack of response to psychotherapy or medication, or have experienced significant side effects from antidepressants, you might be a good candidate for TMS therapy.
TMS is non-invasive and does not require the use of anesthesia. It has a lower risk of side effects than antidepressants, which commonly include:
- Weight gain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Dry mouth
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Sleep disturbances
To date, there are no long-term side effects from TMS. Clients who experience mild to moderate side effects report them to be short-term and to lessen throughout treatment. At Westwind Recovery®, TSM therapy is one of many evidence-based treatments available for depression treatment.
TMS Therapy for Depression Is Safe and Effective
Evidence-based therapies are those that have been clinically studied and proven effective. TMS therapy is an innovative treatment modality that is proven to be safe and effective for treatment-resistant depression. TMS therapy continues to be studied and is also showing to be a promising treatment for multiple other health conditions, including:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Chronic pain management
- Substance use disorders
- Nicotine addiction
That said, TMS therapy is not appropriate for everyone. Because TMS uses magnetic stimulation, you should avoid it if you have:
- Neck or brain stents
- Aneurysm clips or coils
- Deep brain stimulators
- Shrapnel or bullet fragments
- Neck, facial, or skull tattoos that have a metallic ink
- Permanent piercings
- Metal plates or cochlear implants
If you have been through depression treatment but your symptoms have not improved, TMS therapy could be for you. The length of treatment depends upon your specific condition and your response to treatment, but most sessions are between 30 and 60 minutes, five days per week, for approximately four to six weeks. As is the case with all therapy, patient participation will impact the results.
Contact Westwind Recovery® to Learn More About Our TMS Therapy Program
At Westwind Recovery®, we proudly provide a full continuum of care, from detox through aftercare planning. We know that the millions of Americans who suffer from depression often also have co-occurring substance use disorders. Our wide range of holistic and evidence-based therapies ensures that we can create a treatment plan designed to meet your unique needs. TMS therapy for depression is one such option to help you effectively minimize and manage your symptoms.
We work with experienced providers of TMS therapy, such as the Southern California TMS Center, to offer our clients access to this revolutionary therapy. To learn more and begin your healing journey today, contact us at 855.340.8832.
Dr. Deena is the Chief Clinical Officer of Westwind Recovery®, an award-winning outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles where she oversees the clinical and administrative program and treatment methods. Dr. Deena is a doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker since 1993. LCSW #20628. Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Deena has worked running treatment centers, worked as a therapist in psychiatric hospitals as well as school settings and currently has a thriving private practice in the LA area. Dr. Deena has appeared regularly on the Dr. Phil Show as an expert since 2003. She has also been featured on many other TV shows, podcasts and has contributed to written publications as well as podcasts.