Conditions Treated by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS Therapy)
Individuals struggling with treatment-resistant mental health disorders may be motivated to think “outside the box” when medications have not been effective. Where some may have trialed several types of medications and were unsuccessful in achieving relief, others may have given up on medications that caused intolerable side effects.
This is where TMS therapy comes in. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a neural modulation technology that can provide significant relief from symptoms as well as offering encouraging remission rates. TMS therapy was FDA-cleared in 2008 for treating treatment-resistant major depressive disorder (MDD). While most of the individuals seeking TMS therapy are those struggling with MDD, there are other applications for this promising treatment intervention. In the decade that TMS therapy has been used for treating depression, unexpected benefits of TMS have been reported for co-occurring anxiety disorders.
What Mental Health Disorders Can TMS Treat?
When conventional treatment methods, such as antidepressants and psychotherapy, are ineffective in treating the symptoms associated with a mental health disorder, it is encouraging to know that TMS may offer relief for the following disorders.