Have you just seen TMS therapy in the news and are wondering what the hell? Painless, immediate relief, WITHOUT tablets?
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TMS Therapy in The News
While TMS Therapy has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for depression since 2008, it seems like the mainstream community is only now beginning to notice the positive effects of this treatment.
Obviously, we read these stories with great interest, as they continue to confirm what we’ve known for some time.
In the process, we’ve compiled a few of the more helpful news articles online—a virtual scrapbook of clippings, if you will—and we thought we’d share a few with you here.
USA Today: Magnet Therapy Zaps Depression
This article was written a few years ago, and what we find most fascinating about it is to see how much has changed in this short time—both in public opinion and in the medical community.
This piece chronicled the story of Kimberly Depaz, a 51-year-old lifetime depression patient who tried TMS therapy as a “last resort” and saw remarkable results.
At the time, TMS therapy was considered “new” and perhaps even experimental. It had more than its share of critics and was not covered under most insurance plans.
Today, while some skepticism remains, TMS is recognized alongside other depression treatments and is now covered by most insurance plans for the treatment of major depression.
U.S. News & World Report: Can Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Help with Depression?
This informative article focuses on the mechanism behind TMS—the use of magnets to create electrical stimulation in the brain.
Marom Bikson, a professor of biomedical engineering at the City College of the City University of New York, does a great job explaining how and why TMS therapy works for depression.
“Electrical stimulation works because the brain is an electrical organ, Bikson says.
‘The connections are electrical, and all brain function and dysfunction can be conceived of as how this electrical system functions.’ Shocking the brain changes that system. ‘If you do it right, that can produce after effects, so when you’re done the brain has changed,’ he says.”
UCLA Newsroom: UCLA doctors use magnetic stimulation to ‘rewire’ the brain
Also playing to the idea that electromagnetic stimulation can “change the brain,” the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA has begun implementing TMS therapy as a treatment for depression when drug therapies don’t seem to be effective.
As this article points out, the underlying theory is that sending magnetic impulses into the brain is “an approach that has been likened to rewiring a computer.” Dr. Ian Cook of the UCLA Depression Research and Clinic Program puts it succinctly:
“We are actually changing how the brain circuits are arranged, how they talk to each other.”
These and many other news articles confirm that more and more medical professionals are recognizing TMS therapy as an effective alternative to drugs for the treatment of depression. To learn whether you are a candidate for this treatment, call TMS Centers of America and Success TMS at 855-943-3232.