TMS And My Depression

Some people are resistant to antidepressant medication. Usually, ECT is offered which is very invasive as you need an anesthetic. There are often memory loss, headachess, and disorientation.

I am antidepressant resistant so I have got to the point where I will try anything. My Doctor said ECT (which I was willing to try) wasn’t suitable for me as it is contraindicated for those with trauma or Complex PTSD. But all was not lost. He recommended TMS.

TMS is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), also known as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), is a noninvasive form of brain stimulation in which a changing magnetic field is used to cause electric current at a specific area of the brain through electromagnetic induction. An electric pulse generator, or stimulator, is connected to a magnetic coil, which in turn is connected to the scalp. The stimulator generates a changing electric current within the coil which induces a magnetic field; this field then causes a second inductance of inverted electric charge within the brain itself.[1]:3[2]

TMS has shown diagnostic and therapeutic potential in the central nervous system with a wide variety of disease states in neurology and mental health, with research still evolving.[3][4][5][6]

I sm thrilled that I have another option available to me as I can live with this depression much longer.

Keep your fingers crossed.

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