Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
For those who struggle with major depression that doesn’t respond to traditional treatment, or for those who are intolerant to or prefer not to take medication, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is an alternative treatment that can help relieve symptoms of major depressive disorder.
What It Is:
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is painless and requires no medication for treatment. The treatment takes place in an office and is administered under the direction of our medical director. By stimulating different parts of the brain that affect mood, rTMS can help clients find relief from depression symptoms within a few weeks. For optimal results, clients will attend rTMS sessions five days per week for four to six weeks, with each session typically lasting around 20 minutes.
How It Helps:
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation uses magnetic pulses on parts of the brain that are responsible for mood modulation, like the prefrontal cortex, to produce changes in neural activity. By changing the frequency of pulse activity and the area of the brain stimulated, practitioners are able to treat specific depression symptoms.
When used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation can offer relief to people who struggle with treatment-resistant depression or those who prefer not to take psychoactive medications.
- Decreased anxiety and depressive symptoms
- Increased energy
- Decreased feelings of hopelessness
- Improved sleep
- Improved mood
- Increased motivation
- Increased ability to experience positive emotions