In your brain, there are specific regions that play a significant role in mood control. These regions are adversely affected by certain mental conditions, such as depression. While medication is widely used in the treatment of most psychological conditions, recent years have witnessed an increased use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TSM) therapy.
What Is TSM Therapy?
TSM is a non-invasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerves in specific regions within your brain. When you have a major depressive disorder, some regions in the brain experience decreased activity. However, a magnetic pulse can stimulate nerve cells in the regions that are involved in mood control, meaningfully improving symptoms.
Conditions Treated Through TSM Therapy
Typically, most psychological conditions are treatable through standard treatment options. However, anti-depressants may fail or cause severe side effects. In such cases, TSM therapy is recommended.
Here are four main conditions that are effectively treated by this therapy:
Depression is a common condition in the United States, affecting more than 16 million people. If you are diagnosed with depression, doctors will recommend psychotherapy, alongside anti-depressants. However, sometimes the condition is severe, and standard medication does not work. TSM therapy can be used, as it has proved effective where other interventions have failed.
2. Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorder is among the leading mental illnesses in the US. It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans aged 18 and older have anxiety-related mental conditions. Treatment of anxiety seeks to reduce and manage the symptoms. Like depression, anxiety is treated through different types of drugs, such as anti-depressants and bupropion, and psychotherapy. In case these interventions fail, TSM can be used to stimulate the areas in your brain that have been rendered inactive by anxiety.
3. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
If you have recently experienced a traumatic event, you are likely to suffer from PTSD. You will experience frequent disturbing thoughts and feelings related to the negative experience. Every time you flashback, you feel sad, angry, or fearful. On most occasions, the condition is treated through relevant cognitive-behavioral therapies.
Every year, about 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with schizophrenia. If you have this condition, you experience frequent delusions, hallucinations, and disordered thinking. If left untreated, the condition can substantially impair daily functioning. Since schizophrenia requires lifelong treatment, medications and psychosocial therapy may not completely eliminate it. In such a case, you can try TSM therapy, which is safe, non-drug, and highly effective.
If medication and psychotherapy aren't helping in treating your mental condition, consider TSM therapy. It is FDA-approved and is covered by most health insurance providers. Unlike anti-depressants, TSM has no side effects.