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My Honest Review of TMS Treatment
Well, I’m here to bring you my personal experience and the facts on all things Psyche. Today’s topic? The magic behind magnets.
Yup…magnets…small powerful tools you can choose to use to change your life for the better.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation VS Conventional Prescriptions…
We’ve become very comfortable with the idea of modern medicine having a quick fix for whatever ailment we’re suffering today.
But in the last few decades, we’ve seen a new kid on the block, in the form of autoimmune disorders and other mystery illnesses, oftentimes attacking in groups.
What if there was an answer to the constant cycle that these disorders create that didn’t include putting more substances into your body?
As one of the many affected by this rising epidemic, I’m well versed in the unending list of unpleasant side effects that come along with the cocktail of drugs it takes to reign in your own out-of-control hormones and chemicals.
And I’d try just about anything for the chance to swap them out with an alternative that didn’t make me feel as though I was going to lose my breakfast each morning.
The price of alleviating some symptoms is often overshadowed by the ones you gain.
What is TMS Therapy?
So, about me and my review of TMS?
I can remember when I first heard about TMS therapy, thinking “Ok cool, magnet therapy to fix the parts of your brain that kept you trapped in the world of being sad”.
It wasn’t until later, in the throes of one of my more painful flares, that someone explained just how it worked, and all of the different applications that were being successfully tested.
But it made sense if it could help realign the part of your brain that was keeping you emotionally ill and fix a mental disorder, why couldn’t it also help alter and correct the areas controlling physical illnesses and maladies? They officially had my attention.
TMS therapy has technically only been approved in the U.S. to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), anxiety, and migraines; however, it’s in the trial stages for so much more.
Everything from Bipolar Disorder to Autism to even physical therapy.
It’s becoming far more common to find that if you have the misfortune of living with one condition, there’s usually a few others lurking around, a conundrum I’m familiar with. In the clinical world, this is called having comorbid, or co-occurring disorders (pleasant-sounding, I know).
My entire life has become about getting through to tomorrow.
So needless to say, when I heard about the success various TMS trials were having, I pulled out good old Dr. Google. If it was approved for the treatment of MDD in 2008 and migraines in 2015, imagine how far it’s continued to evolve.
Different Types of TMS
I found that now there are multiple kinds of TMS therapies you can receive, such as rTMS (repetitive) or dTMS (deep), each focusing on different areas of the brain, or with alternative ways of administering the magnetic pulses.
Some forms are best for treatment-resistant depression, whereas others have been seen to be extra handy in combating anxiety, or some of the more off-label applications.
The off-label uses really grabbed my attention. It’s incredible the strides TMS is making as an alternative treatment to depression, think about its possibilities in making advances for things that have no treatment.
(There may be a touch of self-serving there as well.)
Originally rTMS, which refers to the repetition of the magnetic waves being used during the treatment on the prefrontal cortex, was strictly utilized only after multiple counts of failed medication, and sometimes still is.
It uses two frequencies, high (>5Hz) and low (1Hz) which treats anxiety and depression respectively, and seems to be the more widely used form.
The newer method, called TMS, refers to the capabilities of the new process, and how it could now reach further into areas such as the limbic region of the brain, which controls disorders such as Autism and OCD.
This is revolutionary; nothing is perfect but being able to affect the deepest region of the brain, which controls some of the most basic and fundamental processes that make us human, is an unparalleled advance.
There is so much about the brain that we don’t understand, and so far in history treating mental health has been a struggle.
The methodologies we have used range from unassuming to down-right barbaric; however, there hasn’t been another alternative. Until now.
Try TMS Therapy
TMS Therapy offers a unique option unlike any that’s been available before, something without substances or surgery of any kind, which can combat some of the mysterious mental conditions many of us are afflicted with. TMS is also – FDA approved!.
It sounds too good to be true, having only very minor side effects like headaches being reported, and personally my review of TMS, I’m driven to find out as much as I possibly can while I consider taking to this magical magnetic machine myself.
Check back for more on my personal experience exploring TMS, its progression and presence in the community, as well as other topics related to this revolutionary treatment.