BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is an FDA approved non-drug treatment for depression.
“It is beginning to revolutionize the treatment of depression,” Paul Weir said. “It is giving new hope to people who have failed to respond to the antidepressants that are currently available on the market.”
TMS sends magnetic pulses to the left front of the brain in order to stimulate nerve cells.
Treatment involves a 37-minute procedure, five days a week for four weeks.
During that time frame, the goal is to “awaken” the muted function in the left front part of the brain.
“What this does is it forces these nerve cells to fire repeatedly 3,000 times in a single treatment,” Weird said.
An FDA study found 33 percent of patients had their depression go into remission after the TMS treatments, a result that is bringing life-changing excitement to many people.
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