Am I a Good Candidate for TMS Depression Therapy?

TMS depression therapy is a novel, revolutionary tool that is helping people all around the world deal with depression symptoms. Since it has been approved for use by the FDA for treating depression, many depression treatment centers are now offering this invaluable tool to patients. But, before determining if you’re going to utilize a treatment, it’s always best to first determine if it’s right for you. While TMS is non-invasive and provides little to no risk for side effects in most people, unfortunately, it may not be right for everyone. So, are you a good candidate for TMS depression treatment?

Who Can Benefit from TMS?

TMS can help people living with specific conditions. Specifically, people living with treatment-resistant Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Some of the characteristics of people who are living with treatment-resistant depression can include:

  • not getting symptom relief from traditional depression treatments (medications) alone
  • experiencing debilitating symptoms of traditional depression treatments
  • having a medical diagnosis that keeps you from being able to take prescription antidepressants
  • experiencing debilitating symptoms of depression that reduce mental-wellbeing

What Disqualifies a Peron from Using TMS Depression Therapy?

There are certain things that can disqualify a person from being able to utilize TMS as a means to treating depression. Some of these things may include:

Being Younger Than 18 Years Old

Most treatment facilities that offer TMS as a means to treat treatment-resistant depression won’t provide this service to patients who are under the age of 18 years old. This is due to brain development to ensure that no ill effects happen due to the brain not yet being fully developed by the time that treatment is offered. While there have been studies that suggest that TMS is successful in young adults and children who are younger than 18, the long-term effects have still not yet been studied. So, to be on the safe side of things, only people who are 18 years and older should consider to be candidates for this type of therapy.

People Who Have Magnetic Devices/Plates in Their Bodies

Another thing that disqualifies patients from taking advantage of TMS therapy is implants. Devices like heart monitors and metal plates that are placed inside the head may lead to damage to the devices or side effects to the brain. This is due to the fact that TMS uses electromagnetic currents in order to work. So, before beginning treatment, make sure you are honest with your doctor and TMS provider about any surgeries or device implantations you may have had.

Those Who Have Been Diagnosed With Neurological Issues

Other people who may not be a good candidate for TMS therapy are people who have been diagnosed with neurological issues. These issues can include seizure disorders like epilepsy, head trauma, etc. This is because the electromagnetic currents used in TMS therapy can potentially make neurological issues worse.

TMS Therapy for Depression at Delray Beach Psychiatrist

If you think that you may be a good candidate for TMS and you are struggling with the effects of treatment-resistant depression, TMS may be a good tool for you to utilize. Delray Beach Psychiatrist offers outpatient TMS sessions for people who need them. Find more information about this treatment and whether or not you’re a good candidate by reaching out to us today.

Dr. Raul J. Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Rodriguez


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