With the current increase in depression cases all over the world, there are professionals who have derived new solutions to assist the patients. Depression can be debilitating and life threatening in serious cases when it gets severe. There are some people who are suffering from depression who respond positively to medication, while there are others who do not respond accordingly. Note that if as the patient you try certain medication and you find it not working, then you should go ahead and look for an alternative. Even though cases are very high that if the previous medication did not work, the chances of pulling the effect of the other are very high. If you try the first, second and third medication without success, then it’s the high time other measures need to be observed.
The next treatment involves Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The method has been proven in clinical trials and it is safe and effective in solving major depression. Specifically, the treatment method is applied when the medication part fails completely. If the patients accept the treatment method, chances are the healing will occur very fast and provide long lasting effects. For the past 30 years, the treatment was under investigation and research to find out how the results would be and its effect. The treatment process basically takes a maximum of 19 minutes.
A patient is required to settle on a reclining chair then the psychiatrist uses a small magnetic coil by placing it on the forehead on the left side. Once the treatment begins the patient hears some clicking noise and gets some sensation such as a finder is tapping on her head. The patient’s eyebrow may twitch in some cases, but it does not stay for long without disappearing. The patient should stay awake in the room and even talk or watch something. Later after discharge, the client can resume to their daily activities as the method does not have any cognitive problems or disorientation.
The TSM method functions by creating a magnetic field in the brain which passes through your skull into the outer part of the brain. The created field then activates your brain cells and strengthens the connections between them by pulling the muscles together. The prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain that promotes and suppresses emotions by providing a network. Besides, it helps in becoming conscious and opposes depressing feelings completely from the inner part of the brain. Once the part gains strength then the rate of depression reduces instantly.
Most patients tolerate the method as it does not have any side effects compared to medication. But after the procedure, you may feel a little pain and discomfort from the site undergoing treatment. From the statistics of the patients who have been treated using this method, 25 percent recover fully from depression while 60 percent respond positively to treatment. However, those who show positive improvements get to recover fully within a period of one year. It is highly recommended that patients who have not responded to anti-depressants to seek TSM mode of treatment. Various individuals who cannot use the method includes pregnant women and anyone with a metal implant above the neck.