All Posts Tagged: benefits of TMS

Why Does Mommy Hurt? This Book Will Tell You

Credit Becky A. Gardner

How do you explain chronic pain and depression to a little child? You write a book of course. At least that’s what Elizabeth Christy did when her son was old enough to notice her illness. “I think the word ‘chronic,’ especially, is hard to explain to children,” Elizabeth says, “my son often gets frustrated; especially when he wants to do something like walk to the playground when I am having a bad day”.

Elizabeth Christy suffers from Fibromyalgia, a frustrating and debilitating disease characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. It amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals .

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TMS Therapy Helping Teens With Treatment Resistant Depression

Depressed TeenagerTeenage rates of depression are appalling; according to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A) about 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. If we take the 2008 census, roughly over 2 million teens are currently experiencing depression symptoms.

Antidepressants are frequently the first line of treatment for mental health issues. Since 1988, antidepressant use in the United States has soared nearly 400%[1], with 1 in 25 adolescents taking antidepressants[2]. These numbers emphasize an alarming warning; potential side effects are raising concerns of a correlation between antidepressants and teen suicide.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) A Valid Option To Antidepressants

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Some of the many side effects associated with drug therapy vs. TMS therapy

A couple of weeks ago, TMS therapy was highlighted in an article in Psychology Today’s Reading Between the (Head) Lines. The title was straight and to the point; “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Treats Depression”. Such a blunt statement leaves little space for uncertainty and Dr. Dale Archer, the author of the article, backs it up by stating that “this relatively new, noninvasive treatment has been proven to treat clinical depression even when prior conventional methods have failed.”

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Does TMS Therapy Require Maintenance?

tms treatment long term benefitsWe’ve come a long way since transcranial magnetic stimulation was first FDA cleared in 2008. Its efficacy and benefits are being proven in research papers from all around the globe; it is also being studied as a possible treatment for all kinds of illnesses from Tinnitus to Epilepsy.

Researchers at the Rush University Medical Center concluded that the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation seems to be effective for the long-term treatment of major depression[1]. “The results of the follow-up study further support TMS as a viable treatment option for patients with major depression who have not responded to conventional antidepressant medications” according to Dr. Philip G. Janicak, study principal investigator.

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Liesl Von Trapp Smiles Again With TMS Therapy

Remember Liesl? She was ’16 going on 17’ and was the eldest of the Von Trapp kids in the beloved classic “The Sound of Music”. She was played by actress Charmian Carr whose innocent brand of beauty captivated an entire generation. Charmian’s career was short lived; she quit acting after the movie was released to focus on family life and raising her two daughters. But in more recent years Charmian has been battling bouts of extreme depression that left her unable to enjoy music and dance, the things she once loved most. “It affects every part of your life, but you continue… you just continue” she says while trying to hold back tears.

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TMS Therapy Testimonials: TMS NeuroHealth Centers Patients Share Their Stories

tms therapy testimonialsCompared to other depression treatment options, TMS therapy is fairly “new” (even though it has been around for over 20 years). In the relatively short amount of time it’s been available, TMS Therapy  has made huge waves amongst both the medical community and  patients. TMS Therapy can help patients achieve results and/or remission of depressive symptoms and maintain those results in the long term. While results may vary, the number of patient testimonials confirming the benefits of TMS has been increasing steadily as more and more TMS therapy chairs are set up across the country and the world.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Treating Depression With TMS Therapy

tms thumbnailDepression is so much more than “feeling sad”. It’s a debilitating illness that affects you both mentally and physically. It disrupts your life and that of the loved ones that surround you. Currently, it is estimated that 1 in 4 Americans are suffering from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year and about 1 in 17 suffers from a serious mental illness such as major depression¹.

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TMS Therapy Shows Long-Term Benefits In Difficult-To-Treat Patients With Depression

NeuroStar TMS therapyThe first successful transcranial magnetic stimulation was performed in 1985 and it has opened doors for a widespread variety of therapy interventions for a multitude of diseases, with depression being the most studied area. Although transcranial magnetic stimulation has been around for over 20 years, it’s only in recent years that it has become a widely acceptable and valuable treatment for major depression.  This is due to investigators worldwide completing more than 30 randomized, controlled clinical trials proving time and time again that TMS Therapy is an effective treatment for depression.[1]

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a Breakthrough Treatment for Migraine Relief?

migraine and tms therapyTranscranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy has been widely used in treating the symptoms of depression.  Recent studies, such as those done at the American Academy of Neurology 1and the University of Duisburg-Essen2 in Germany, are now showing the extensive potential TMS therapy has in the treatment of migraines. What’s more, studies are indicating the potential TMS therapy has in opening doors for safer and more  effective treatment of many other brain-related illnesses including tinnitus, auditory hallucinations, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia.

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TMS Therapy and Tinnitus

tms therapy to treat tinnitusHave you ever had a faint ringing noise in your head or ears that doesn’t seem to go away? For an estimated 50 million people in the US[1], this is an everyday reality and the noise never really goes away, deeply affecting their quality of life. Tinnitus is a condition where there is a ringing sound in the head of ears of a person with the absence of real physical noise. 12.3% of men and 14% of women over the age of 65[2] suffer from Tinnitus.

Ask yourself, how much of a problem is your Tinnitus?

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