Some of the Pros and Cons of TMS Depression Treatment

Are you struggling with depression? Do you feel that you’ve tried everything and you’re still living with debilitating symptoms? If so, you may have treatment-resistant depression. Treatment-resistant depression is something that affects a large percentage of people who have been diagnosed with a depressive disorder. Essentially, it means that you aren’t getting the result you want from traditional treatments like prescription antidepressants. Fortunately, if you’re living with treatment-resistant depression, there is still hope for obtaining lasting symptom relief from depressive disorders. TMS depression treatment is a safe, effective, and non-invasive form of treatment for treatment-resistant depression. As it’s pretty novel, not many people know about TMS as an option for depression treatment. So, it is beneficial to anyone who is considering and learning more about this type of therapy to better understand the pros and cons of this type of treatment.

There are many pros to choosing TMS as a therapy to help reduce the symptoms of treatment-resistant depression including:

It’s Safe and FDA-Approved

TMS is completely safe and even has received FDA approval for its use in treating treatment-resistant depression along with other types of mental health issues like OCD. While there are some potential side effects that patients can experience, they are rare and temporary.

There Aren’t Very Many Side Effects of TMS

As stated, side effects of TMS therapy are rare. The ones that patients do experience are minimal and include things like headaches, tenderness of the treatment site, and lightheadedness. In most of these cases, side effects of TMS wear off a few minutes after treatment sessions conclude.

It’s Non-Invasive

Many treatments available for depression can be invasive. For instance, TMS sessions don’t require any surgical procedure, medications, or even any recovery time. After the sessions are complete, you can go about your daily routine as normal!

Effects of TMS Can Last Long

One of the best things about TMS is that it is effective. And, not only is it effective, but the effectiveness of this treatment is long-term. Patients can start to see results and a reduction in depressive symptoms in as little as just a few treatments. Furthermore, they can expect to experience symptom relief for many months after their last treatment session.

Most Insurance Providers Cover the Cost of TMS

It can always be overwhelming thinking about how you’re going to pay for depression treatment. However, as more is being learned about TMS and its effectiveness, more insurance providers are seeing the benefits and use of this type of therapy. So, many insurance providers are starting to cover the cost of this therapy.

Cons of TMS Therapy

There aren’t many cons to choosing TMS therapy for treatment-resistant depression. However, some of the potential downfalls of TMS can include:

  • not everyone may be a good candidate (people with seizure disorders or other neurological conditions may not be qualified)
  • it can be expensive if insurance doesn’t help cover the cost
  • you have to be committed to going to a number of sessions to experience long-term results

Outpatient TMS for Depression at Psychiatrist Boca Raton

Wondering if you’re a good candidate for TMS therapy for depression? Psychiatrist Boca Raton can help you get to the bottom of whether or not you may benefit from TMS. Find out more about our clinic, our services, and our TMS treatment options from our website.

Dr. Raul J. Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Rodriguez


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