04 Jul Is TMS better than Antidepressants?
Antidepressant Drugs not working? Try TMS!
Since the advent of antidepressants in the early 1950’s, depression has typically been treated with a combination of counseling and prescription drugs. In the past two decades, the use of antidepressants has increased dramatically. Research suggests that as many as 1 in 10 Americans take some form of antidepressant. This trend is not without controversy though, as several recent studies have questioned the safety and efficacy of these drugs. Statistically, antidepressant drug therapies provide a partial response rate of 67%, compared to a 33% response rate of placebos. This figure, however, does not fully encapsulate the frequency for which many patients fail drug trials.
Why TMS Tops Antidepressants
Some patients experience medication-resistant depression and may attempt four or more drug trials without any significant symptom relief. Other patients may simply find the side effects of these drugs intolerable, quitting treatment due to a laundry list of complaints, including nausea, constipation, weight gain, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, cognitive impairment and fatigue. For these depressed patients for whom antidepressant medication is not effective or is not enough alone, TMS may be an appropriate treatment to replace or augment drug therapy.
TMS is an FDA-approved therapy demonstrated to improve depressive symptoms. Data collected here at Neuro Wellness Spa shows that more then 93% of patients respond positively to treatment! TMS therapy is safe and clinically proven to have little to no risk of serious adverse events. At most, patients may experience the occasional headache or mild discomfort on the surface of the head where the TMS is applied. TMS does not cause any of the systemic side effects that are common with antidepressant drugs. Patients are conscious and able to relax during the treatment, and afterwards they can immediately return to daily life as normal. The majority of health insurance providers now cover TMS therapy. Ask your referring mental health professional or us at Neuro Wellness Spa in Southern California whether this therapy could be right for you!