Clinical studies have established that personalized rapid transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS) can help treat depression San Diego and other mental health issues. The treatment is suitable when the use of antidepressant medications does not significantly help in relieving the signs and symptoms of depression.
Signs and symptoms that might indicate clinical depression or major depressive disorder include depressed mood and unexplained weight loss or gain. Furthermore, you may lose interest in your daily activities, have trouble sleeping, and feel restless most of the time.
Below are a few things you need to know about personalized rapid transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS) for treating depression.
How your brain and PrTMS work
According to the National Institutes of Health, the human brain has over 80 billion neurons. Neurons are arranged throughout your brain in patterns. Also called nerve cells, neurons send and receive electrical and chemical signals between the brain, spinal cord, and the entire body.
The communication between neurons electrochemically produces brain waves oscillating at different frequencies. Researchers believe that irregular brain waves are the root cause of various mental issues, including depression and anxiety.
PrTMS involves exposing your neurons to a medical device that emits magnetic pulses. The magnetic pulses can stimulate the activity of neurons to promote normal brain activity. Consequently, the therapy leads to normal brain activity and resolves depression and other mental health problems.
How long do the results of PrTMS treatment last
As the magnetic pulse passes through your skull, it stimulates nerves in different brain sections. The positive changes in the brain’s activity can last months or years. You should go for a series of treatments lasting between six to eight weeks for the desired changes to last longer. A treatment session lasts about 30 minutes.
The right candidate for PrTMS
Because it is difficult to treat depression, your doctor will often recommend a combination of therapies and medications. If therapies and medications are ineffective for treating depression, you may be the right candidate for PrTMS.
Still, your doctor can advise you against PrTMS if you have epilepsy, brain tumors, and seizures. PrTMS may also not be suitable if you consume excessive alcohol regularly or have in the past or recently been affected by severe head injury.
Furthermore, PrTMS can also be unsuitable for treating depression if you have an implant in your head. For example, you can have a neurostimulator in your brain for delivering electrical impulses into the tissues. A neurostimulator can help treat various conditions, including multiple sclerosis.
Unlike TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), PrTMS has incorporated analysis of brain function and diagnostic assessments. That enables the development of a personalized therapy protocol suitable for catering to patients’ particular needs. Your qualified provider of PrTMS can therefore help ensure you receive optimized treatment.
The safety of PrTMS
Personalized repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation offers a treatment plan that safely rebalances and boosts brain function and activity.
But, the treatment can also produce mild or moderate problems during and after treatment, like tension headaches and tender scalp.
Contact MindSet today to schedule an appointment with a specialist in depression treatment using TMS and PrTMS.