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Common Side Effects of TMS Therapy

In the quest to demystify and humanize mental health treatments, today we take a compassionate step toward understanding the lesser-spoken realities around transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. Let’s consider the potential side effects of TMS therapy, which is a treatment growing in popularity for its efficacy in battling depression. By shedding light on the more nuanced aspects of this therapy, we hope to guide individuals through their decision-making process with clarity and support. To learn more about TMS therapy services, call us today at 304.410.0082.

Understanding TMS Therapy

TMS therapy is a non-invasive procedure. It utilizes magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, targeting the areas responsible for mood regulation.

It has been a beacon of hope for many individuals grappling with depression. As such, it offers an alternative to medication or traditional therapies like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

How TMS Works for Depression

The magnetic pulses used in TMS are similar to those produced by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. By administering these pulses to the prefrontal cortex, the region associated with mood regulation, TMS can help to alleviate symptoms of depression. The treatment is typically conducted daily, over several weeks, where patients receive these pulses, known as stimulation, for around 20 minutes each session.

Not everyone experiences side effects from TMS, and they often tend to be mild and transient. It’s essential to remember that every individual is different, and their response to TMS can vary, much like with any medical intervention.

Common Side Effects of TMS Therapy

1. Headache

A common occurrence during TMS sessions is the development of headaches. These are typically akin to tension headaches and are often reported as mild to moderate in intensity.

2. Scalp Discomfort

Due to the repeated application of the TMS coils on the scalp, patients may experience localized discomfort or a tingling sensation. This is not dissimilar to the unease felt during a session of wearing a tight-fitting hat.

3. Muscle Twitching

During stimulation, particularly at higher settings, some patients experience muscle twitching. These can be involuntary twitches, and generally subside upon cessation of the stimulation.

4. Lightheadedness

TMS can sometimes cause a minor drop in blood pressure, leading to a brief spell of lightheadedness. If experienced, it usually dissipates soon after the session.

It’s important to note that these side effects are generally temporary, often lasting for only a short period following a session. However, they are a legitimate part of the TMS experience. Therefore, patients should be prepared and informed about what to expect.

Addressing Concerns

Anyone considering TMS as a treatment for their depression should have a transparent conversation with their healthcare provider. Open dialogue is key to understanding the individual’s possible side effects and risk factors. It’s vital that patients feel confident in raising their questions and concerns, as every aspect of the treatment should be thoroughly reviewed.

The mental health clinic you choose must provide a thorough assessment to determine whether TMS is the appropriate course of action for your specific condition. Ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the treatment from both the risks and benefits perspective.

Get the Help You Need From Harmony

At Harmony, our approach to providing TMS therapy is guided by a deep empathy for those navigating the complexities of mental health issues, and a responsible commitment to offering compassionate support. We understand the uniqueness of each individual’s story and condition, which is why personalized care is at the heart of what we do. Our dedicated team, proficient in cutting-edge TMS technology, is here not just to administer treatment, but to listen, understand, and walk alongside you throughout your journey.

By choosing Harmony, you’re not just scheduling an appointment. You’re also taking a step toward a compassionate partnership dedicated to supporting your mental health with care and understanding. This ensures that every aspect of your treatment plan is clear, comprehensible, and appropriate for your unique needs.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, click here to reach out to our team of empathetic mental health care experts. For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly.