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The battle against depression is challenging, with millions of individuals seeking the best solution manage depression, either for themselves or a loved one. Standard depression treatments such as therapy and antidepressant medication provide relief for many patients, but there are also many who do not see satisfactory results from therapy or medication.

In recent years, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has emerged as an innovative and promising treatment option for those seeking lasting relief from depression. Read on to learn more about the use of TMS for depression treatment, and how patients in Utah are achieving relief from depression through TMS treatment at Ampelis Health.

Understanding Depression

To understand how to effectively treat your depression, it helps to understand something about depression itself. Depression is far more than just a bout of sadness or “feeling down”; it’s a complex disorder rooted in genetic, environmental, and neurological factors and can affect anyone at any age.

Because depression is a complex disorder, dealing with depression can be complicated as well, especially for those with treatment-resistant depression who have struggled to find lasting relief from their symptoms. Choosing a treatment that addresses the underlying cause of your depression is the best path to achieving long-lasting results.

The Limitations of Traditional Treatments

In the past, treatments for depression were primarily focused on therapy and managing depression through use of medication. While therapy and medication do work for many patients, their efficacy can vary. Some individuals experience only partial relief from their symptoms, while others find themselves dealing with intolerable side effects from antidepressants. These traditional treatments also often fail to address the root cause of depression, instead putting more of a focus on symptom management or coping strategies. Depression treatment with TMS is different: it directly addresses root causes in the brain to eliminate or reduce depression.

A Magventure TMS device for treating depressionHow Does TMS Work?

TMS represents a groundbreaking solution for individuals grappling with treatment-resistant depression. This cutting-edge treatment directly targets areas of the brain linked to mood regulation, delivering precise magnetic pulses to these brain regions which induce a response to the stimulus, activating these brain areas to overcome the negative effects of major depression.

During a TMS session, an electromagnetic coil is gently placed against the patient’s scalp. This device emits focused magnetic pulses that pass through the skull to stimulate neurons in the targeted brain areas, specifically the area known as the Left Prefrontal Cortex, which plays a pivotal role in mood regulation. The core objective of TMS is to elevate brain activity and repair neural pathways within the brain. Typically, TMS therapy spans multiple sessions held over several weeks, with the potential for lasting relief even after treatment is done.

The Connection Between TMS and Depression

Depression treatment approaches such as therapy and antidepressant medication often fall short of providing true relief from depression and may only address symptoms rather than addressing the root cause of depression. TMS goes deeper. By stimulating specific areas of the brain, TMS restores the balance of neurotransmitters, particularly those related to mood regulation. This means that TMS offers a more holistic and enduring solution to depression, addressing its root cause and paving the way for sustainable relief and renewed hope for individuals who have grappled with the challenges of treatment-resistant depression.

Benefits of TMS for Depression Treatment

TMS offers many benefits for depression treatment, including:

  • High Success Rates: TMS has consistently demonstrated its effectiveness in clinical studies. Many patients who undergo TMS therapy report significant improvements in mood, energy levels, and overall quality of life, often experiencing lasting relief from their symptoms. A 2023 TMS study found an impressive 81.6% response rate and 65.3% remission rate.
  • Minimal Side Effects: One of the biggest draws of using TMS for depression treatment is its low-risk profile. While some individuals may experience mild and short-lived side effects such as headaches or a tingling sensation across their head after treatment, TMS offers a reassuringly safer alternative to options such as medication or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
  • Personal Treatment Plans: There is no “one-size-fits-all” to depression treatment. TMS acknowledges the individuality of each person’s experience with depression by offering the option of a personalized approach with plans tailored to fit your unique symptoms and maximize the effectiveness of your treatment.
  • Non-Invasive Procedure: A standout feature of TMS is its non-invasive nature, which sets it apart from more intrusive treatment options like ECT. This approach offers a significantly more comfortable and less intimidating experience for individuals who may be hesitant about undergoing invasive procedures.
  • FDA Approved: TMS was FDA-approved for depression treatment in 2008. This approval validated TMS as a safe and effective option for individuals grappling with this challenging condition, giving hope to those who sought a breakthrough beyond traditional treatment methods.
  • Covered by Insurance: TMS is a covered mental health service by many insurance providers. While individual plans vary, there is a good chance your insurance may cover TMS treatment subject to meeting qualification criteria..

TMS Clinics in Utah

While TMS is a fantastic treatment by itself, selecting the right TMS provider is an important consideration. You want to choose a TMS clinic with knowledgeable, friendly staff who will ensure you receive the best treatment for your mental health.

In Utah, Ampelis Health is the clear provider of choice. Ampelis Health providers have a depth of knowledge and skill in TMS therapy that is unmatched. With two convenient locations in Utah County and South Ogden, Ampelis Health is able to help patients across the Wasatch Front.

Contact Ampelis Health today to see if TMS treatment may be the right option for you. Our experienced mental health providers can give you a full evaluation and determine if you are a good candidate for TMS.

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