dTMS and Depression: A Cutting-Edge Approach to Treating Depressive Disorders
If you’ve heard rumblings about dTMS and depression, it’s probably because this novel treatment is quickly gaining popularity as an effective alternative to traditional depression therapies. And for those who have struggled to find relief from their depressive symptoms, it offers a new option – and new hope – toward a happier, healthier life.
Depression is a debilitating mental health condition that affects millions of people around the world. First-line treatments like psychotherapy and antidepressants don’t work for everyone, which spurs the need for alternative therapies to help fill the gaps. That’s where dTMS comes in.
While it may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation, or dTMS, is one of the most promising depression treatments available right now. Below, we’re diving into what it is and how it works, plus how BrainsWay has established itself as an industry leader.
What is dTMS Therapy?
Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation, also referred to as dTMS or deep TMS, is a non-invasive, outpatient therapy that stimulates targeted parts of the brain with magnetic pulses delivered through a specialized helmet.
When using deep TMS for depression, pulses are targeted toward areas of the brain related to mood, where they help regulate neurotransmitter activity and improve symptoms of depression. Research has shown dTMS for depression to be both safe and effective, particularly for those whose depression has not responded to traditional treatments.
How Does Deep TMS for Depression Work?
dTMS has quickly established itself as a cutting-edge depression treatment, and for good reason.
Unlike antidepressants, which can take weeks or months to take effect and normally require a bit of trial and error, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation provides rapid, long-lasting relief from depressive symptoms – all without the need for daily treatment.
dTMS works by stimulating key neural pathways in the brain that are associated with depression. As magnetic pulses are applied to these pathways, neurons are activated in such a way that brain activity itself changes. For many, this results in an improvement in symptoms related to depression that can be sustained over months with proper therapeutic maintenance.
In terms of dTMS and depression, we still have a lot to learn about the precise neural mechanisms that are at work. However, as it is currently understood, it appears that the use of deep TMS for depression actually helps rewire the brain, leading to not just a reduction in depressive symptoms but more positive patterns in overall thinking behaviors.
About BrainsWay Depression Treatment
For the past several years, BrainsWay has stood out as a clear leader in dTMS therapy, with a patented deep TMS helmet that can deliver magnetic pulses to deeper areas of the brain than other dTMS systems.
BrainsWay depression technology has received clearance from the FDA and is considered the gold standard in effective dTMS treatment. And in addition to stimulating deeper areas of the brain, this technology also allows for the delivery of higher-frequency pulses. The result is greater effectiveness in treating depression and true innovation in an already groundbreaking field.
Find Out if dTMS Therapy is Right for You
If you haven’t been able to find relief with traditional treatments for depression, know that you are not out of options. dTMS therapy is a new treatment with a lot of promise for treating depression, and it can also be used in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and certain other neural conditions.
We’re proud to offer BrainsWay deep TMS therapy at Retreat Behavioral Health and Synergy Health Programs, and we are happy to work with you to figure out a treatment plan that adequately addresses your unique needs. To get started, find out if you are a good candidate for dTMS therapy by contacting our team for a one-on-one consultation.