Consider these questions to help find an answer.
1. Are you experiencing depression?
TMS treatment is only for those diagnosed with MDD or clinical depression. Feeling sad doesn’t mean you’re in a depression. Only a therapist can diagnose signs of depression in you with the help of a series of questions, for instance.
- For how long have you been experiencing these symptoms?
- How is your appetite?
- How are your sleeping habits?
- How is your lifestyle? Do you feel tired and less focused?
2. Have You Tried Initial Antidepressant Therapies?
Once you’re diagnosed with depression, the antidepressant medication is usually tried first. Instead, they prefer to try first-line treatment options. If two medication attempts fail to alleviate depression, TMS is often considered.
Another thing that doctors ensure before TMS therapy is whether you have tried evidence-based treatment, such as CBT.
3. Are you experiencing any other health conditions?
Overall TMS is non invasive and largely safe. However there are some conditions that need to be considered to see if TMS is suitable.
Here’re some of those conditions:
- Presence of non-removable metal in your head. These metals could be deep brain stimulators, stents in the neck or aneurysm coils or clips.
- Alcohol addiction (which can increase the risk of seizure if you are experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms)
Experiencing all the above conditions doesn’t mean you can’t consider TMS treatment. However, your doctor must know if you have any of these.
4. Are you able to make time for self care?
The TMS session is brief and doesn’t take much time. You can use your day in the way you want after every session. However, you could utilize the self-care time to boost the effects of TMS treatment. Most patients consider it rewarding.
Besides proper self-care time, you should also maintain other self-care habits, such as journaling, meditation and exercise.
TMS treatment is for everyone who has tried several treatments to get rid of depression but is still experiencing it. TMS for treatment-resistant depression is common, so just ask the above four questions to yourself and step forward to TMS and positive lifestyle.