T.M.S is anyone familiar with this procedure for depression?

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  • TMS is repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in which a metal coil is placed on the scalp to generate a magnetic field, which in turn produces an electric current that induces depolarization in the neurons. Basically, normally the membrane of a neuron or cell is polarized or has a negative charge, so depolarizing is moving the charge to neutral.

    This involves daily treatments that are administered over several days. Available studies do show that this kind of repetitive stimulation on the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain, is of great help in treating “Unipolar Depressions” that do not respond to drug therapy. I hope this short explanation helps.

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  • Thank you so much for your explanation! I have been wondering about this, too, but have been wary, since I have had so many side effects from my 2 rounds of ECT. Do you know if the magnetic treatment you speak of has any side effects?

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  • Thank you for the education, Vayel!!!

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    • cherylinaschoon  

      You are welcome! TMS does not require anesthesia and is generally well tolerated as compared to drugs or ECT. The most common side effect is headache post therapy. A rare but possible side effect is seizures, as such, it is not recommended for people with a history of epilepsy or past head injury. It is best to consult your own physician or neurologist for a more complete list of side effects.

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