Transcranial magnetic stimulation is an FDA-approved treatment for major depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other mental health challenges. This treatment method uses electromagnetic impulses to stimulate the deeper brain tissues and ultimately promote healthier brain function.
In people who have major depression, certain parts of the brain aren't as active as they are in others. Transcranial magnetic stimulation activates those nerve centers, which in turn triggers the release of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters can balance brain chemistry and relieve symptoms like sadness, anxiety, and irritability, and other common mental health symptoms.
During your treatment, your Wholehealth PLLC provider positions a coil over your scalp, typically in the front of the scalp where your brain's left prefrontal cortex lies. The electromagnetic impulses pass through your scalp and into your brain to activate the dormant nerve centers.
The impulses are about as powerful as an MRI scan, so they're not generally painful at all. You may experience a tapping or tingling feeling, and you'll hear a clicking noise.
Most people find the treatment comfortable, but your provider can adjust the impulse intensity where needed.
The treatment session takes about 40 minutes, and you can resume normal activities immediately.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation may help with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and a number of other mental health conditions.
If you experience persistent depression that doesn't improve with psychopharmacology, transcranial magnetic stimulation can be a very effective addition to your individual therapy. Some people also use this treatment to boost the effects of their medication.
While it’s not right for everyone, transcranial magnetic stimulation can offer tremendously effective symptom relief for many people who struggle with their mental health.
The treatment effects can vary with the individual. Most people need a series of treatments, some with several sessions a week until symptoms start receding. The Wholehealth PLLC team can explain the recommended treatment plan for your individual needs during your assessment.
Once the treatments take effect, many people enjoy symptom relief for about a year. After that, you can have an additional series of sessions to maintain long-lasting symptom relief.
To learn more about transcranial magnetic stimulation and what it can do for you, call Wholehealth PLLC or click the provided appointment request link now.