Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) is a form of therapy that safely regulates brain activity linked to various mental health conditions. Deep TMS is a noninvasive, easy to operate treatment that has been proven to be effective in battling numerous mental health conditions. These conditions include Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and many more listed on BrainsWay’s website.
Deep TMS is currently FDA-cleared to treat MDD and OCD, and is CE-marked to treat several other conditions, as well.
The full list of conditions CE-marked includes both psychiatric and neurological conditions:
dTMS can help alleviate symptoms of mental health conditions for those who have yet to find relief through other forms of therapy, such as psychodynamic therapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Substantive research is also being conducted on combining dTMS with psychotherapy. Though still in development, studies suggest that carrying out dTMS treatment during or in proximity to psychotherapy can also result in a greater treatment effect in general.
Another group of individuals who may find dTMS especially beneficial is those who suffer from the adverse side effects that can be caused by psychopharmacology or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Such possible side effects can be substantial, and include insomnia, increased appetite and short-term memory loss. Treatment-resistant patients find significant relief with BrainsWay’s Deep TMS therapy, due to it having no long-term side effects, as opposed to other proposed therapies. The most commonly reported side effect is a temporary, mild pain or discomfort in the treatment site, which occurs during the treatment session and typically goes away shortly after.
It is also worth noting that BrainsWay’s dTMS treatment can be used to counterbalance gradually less effective treatment options. In a groundbreaking 2006 study from The American Journal of Psychiatry that included over 4,000 participants, successive medical treatments were found to have a diminishing clinical effect on many battling MDD symptoms. As such, adding dTMS to an existing medical treatment course could provide additional support to those who find their medication’s effect beginning to wane.
Consult your doctor to find out if you or your loved one stand to benefit from Deep Transcranial Magnetic brain Stimulation.