TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)

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TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)

Board Certified Psychiatrists in Sacramento, CA

If you’ve been struggling with depression and conventional treatment doesn’t seem to help, there’s still hope with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). At Human Touch Behavioral Health, board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Archana Trivedi provides TMS, an effective, non-invasive procedure for treatment-resistant depression. Learn more about how TMS can help you feel better by contacting Human Touch Behavioral Health today.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Q & A

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment for depression that involves stimulating the nerve cells in the brain using magnetic fields. The stimulation specifically targets areas of the brain associated with depression and negative behaviors.

Depression may result if certain parts of your brain become less active. By using controlled magnetic energy, TMS reawakens these parts, restoring a healthy activity level. Think of it as a jumper cable for your brain, but much more gentle.

If you’re looking for TMS solutions in Sacramento, visit Human Touch Behavioral Health. Dr. Trivedi recommends TMS in rare cases when neither talk therapy nor medication can treat depression. If your depression hasn’t improved in response to these traditional first-line approaches, a series of TMS treatments can serve as a long-term relief for your symptoms.

Compared to the various depression drugs, TMS has much a lower risk for potential side effects, which makes the procedure an effective alternative for people who have difficulty tolerating antidepressants.

What happens during a TMS procedure?

Board-certified psychiatrists at Human Touch Behavioral Health conduct a TMS procedure by placing an electromagnetic coil on your head. A precise dose of magnetic energy will be sent through the coil for a few seconds at a time; you will hear a clicking sound and experience a tapping sensation during the procedure. A TMS session usually lasts for about 20 to 50 minutes.

Please note that TMS does not require anesthesia. The most common side effect involves a mild to moderate headache during and after receiving the procedure. Roughly half of all TMS patients experience this side effect, however, this sensation only persists in the first week of treatment.

How long does TMS take to work?

A full course of TMS treatment takes about four to six weeks, depending on the patient’s response to the sessions. Patients who wish to seek TMS therapy in Sacramento are required to visit Human Touch Behavioral Health five days a week. While you may experience a notable change in your behavior by the end of the third week, you’re still required to complete the rest of your sessions for complete relief from your depression.

TMS can cause a dramatic, long-lasting reduction in your depression symptoms. The benefits of the procedure last for at least six months to a year or longer. It’s also safe and effective to receive TMS treatments repeatedly if your symptoms recur.

Call us at Human Touch Behavioral Health today to learn more about TMS health solutions in Sacramento, CA.


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