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Is TMS More Painful than Chronic Depression?

We all know the nuisance of suffering from depression. It is frustrating as well as painful. After all, the impact of this mental condition is not just limited to the sufferer but their family and friends also feel the same pain of suffering.   That is why; anyone who suffers from frustrating and painful depression condition is always willing to opt for a treatment that would show promising results. But when the sufferer opts for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy, he/she chooses to go with painless treatment.  

TMS is a Painless Procedure

TMS is a non-invasive therapy and is painless. However, as you go through the first few sessions, you may feel a slight or a little weird pain. In fact, this is known as one of its side effects and it is the only reported side effect of TMS therapy.   Most people, as they feel slight pain, take it as an indication of something going wrong. But the fact is; this pain is temporary and doesn’t lead to further pain or problems like tissue damage. In other words, when you opt for TMS therapy, you choose to go with the safest procedure.   TMS therapy causes no damage to your body, nerves on the scalp, head or brain. This is not only one of the safest procedures but also the one that shows excellent results in the treatment of chronic depression -   a mental condition that is way more painful and distressing than the TMS therapy itself.   Also, when you take the assistance of a professional psychiatrist, they make sure you don’t even feel the initial pain. This mild pain can be treated with Tylenol. It starts to fade away as you continue with your therapy session.   All in all, TMS is the most effective treatment to cure different psychiatric conditions. While TMS may be mild painful initially, it helps to get rid of far too distressful mental condition that may otherwise aggravate and linger on throughout your life.        

Is TMS Better Than Anti-Depressants?

Just like any other medication, the psychiatric medication is also capable of producing both beneficial and frustrating results, depending on the patient’s condition.   The STAR*D study is a multi-center large study of depression treatment and the above-stated statement is consistent with it. The STAR*D is a definitive study that was sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health. The study was conducted on thousands of depression patients and only one patient in three experienced remissions after taking antidepressant drugs.   To your surprise, every subsequent attempt, the response rate decreased remarkably while increasing the side effects probability.  And if we study the graphical representation of the STAR*D study, the odds of remission in the 4th attempt were less than 7%.   So what is the best option than taking psychiatric medication?   Well, the answer is simple i.e. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS. This FDA approved, non-invasive procedure shows excellent as well as progressive results in individuals, suffering from depression and anxiety for years. More than 80% of patients who have taken TMS therapy showed great improvement in achieving remissions including the elimination of symptoms.   Some of the great advantages of TMS therapy include;
  • Effectiveness: Almost 80% of individuals show a significant response
  • Non-systematic: TMS therapy produces effects precisely on the particular region of the brain and without affecting any other parts of the body
  • Non-invasive: The therapy can be conducted without any sedation, medication or even anesthesia. The patient remains awake and alert throughout the treatment session.
  • Minimal Side Effects: The side effects of TMS therapy are temporary and minimal. In fact, there are no reported side effects just like other medications like weight gain, tiredness, sexual dysfunction etc.
  In short, TMS takes charge when psychiatric medication fails to make a difference. To receive the best results in just one session, make sure that the therapy is conducted only by the well-qualified and experienced professionals.