By TNT Bureau
October 9, 2015: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), the alternative therapy for depression, is becoming popular. TMS is a method that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression.
Many people are trying out transcranial magnetic stimulation when other depression treatments fail to give positive results. It shows safe and promising solutions for treatment of disorders like depression, chronic pain, eating disorders, some learning and memory difficulties, and even migraine headaches.
In TMS, a large electromagnetic coil is placed against the scalp of the patient near the forehead. The electromagnet used in TMS creates electric currents that stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain involved in mood control and depression.
The electromagnetic coil is placed against the scalp, which generates focused pulses that pass through the skull and stimulate the cerebral cortex of the brain, a region that regulates mood. The procedure was approved by the FDA in 2008.
TMS does not require anesthesia, as a result, patients can return home or work immediately after treatment. Studies have shown that TMS has a good success rate in non-psychotic patient.
Today, even insurance companies are covering TMS sessions as a legitimate therapy for retractable depression. A recent study in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry demonstrated the long-term effectiveness and durability of NeuroStar TMS Therapy in adult patients for a period of one year.