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When you or a loved one has treatment-resistant depression, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be able to help you find relief from your symptoms. Dr. Pradeep Thapar and his skilled team at Premier Psychiatry in Orland Park and Chicago Ridge, Illinois, offer TMS as another depression treatment option if talk therapy and medications aren’t improving your symptoms.
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment for severe depression that involves magnetic energy to stimulate brain cells.
TMS is used for those experiencing treatment-resistant depression when other treatments like talk therapy and medications haven’t helped to provide them with relief from their symptoms.
Researchers believe that patients with depression may have “dormant” nerve cells in the brain, and when TMS is used, it may help to “awaken” neurotransmitter activity in parts of the brain that helps regulate mood. The procedure is safe and painless.
Who can benefit from TMS?
When you or a loved one has treatment-resistant depression, you may qualify for TMS treatment. We offer TMS to people experiencing symptoms such as:
- Feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or emptiness
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Increased irritability
- Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Reduced appetite
- Difficulty focusing on tasks or completing them
- Physical pains
Depression symptoms may be mild or severe, depending on your condition. If you’re experiencing severe depression, TMS might be a good alternative to improve your symptoms and quality of daily life.
How can I qualify for TMS?
To qualify for TMS treatment, you need to be diagnosed with depression and have treatment-resistant symptoms. It’s also important that you let us know if you have:
- Implanted medical devices
- A history of traumatic brain injury or epilepsy (seizures)
- Any medications you’re taking
- Any plans to become pregnant or currently pregnant
- Other mental health conditions
Schedule a consultation with us at Premier Psychiatry if you’re unsure that you qualify for TMS.
How does TMS treatment work?
When you come into Premier Psychiatry for your TMS session, we place a device gently against your head. As the device sends pulses of energy to stimulate or awaken the nerve cells in your brain, you may feel some tapping or slight discomfort on your head. This sensation quickly resolves after TMS treatment.
At Premier Psychiatry, we customize your TMS treatment plan as needed, and work alongside you to find the relief that you’re seeking we also maintain communication with you, ensuring that if you need help with any other mental health conditions, you receive the additional treatments or therapies that you need.
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