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Depression & TMS

Depression & TMS

Depression & TMS

For decades, researchers have sought safe and effective treatments for depression. However, there is no single depression treatment which has been proven to work for everyone.

Depression is often treated with antidepressant medications; however, alternative treatments for depression are available.

One alternative therapy for the treatment of depression available in Seattle is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). NeuroStar TMS Therapy is FDA-cleared for patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression (TRD) who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medications.

This depression therapy have been shown to work in over 60% of people who do not receive benefit from medications, or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. It is sometimes referred to as rTMS which stands for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS patients receiving TMS Therapy remain awake and alert during the procedure.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy ® is an outpatient procedure available in the Seattle area at DanMedTMS clinics in Renton-Kent & Bellevue. The typical treatment course consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period for 20-30 treatments. Each depression treatment session lasts approximately 19-37 minutes, depending on what the doctor determines is the correct protocol. NeuroStar TMS Therapy is:

  • Non-Invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment.
  • Non-Systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body.
  • FDA-Approved for patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment.

 

TMS+YOU

TMS+YOU is an online community and national patient advocacy site for TMS Therapy. Those considering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can connect with patients who have had the treatment to answer questions, share insights, and get the latest information.