Most patients begin to see improvement within three to four weeks of treatment. Some patients may experience results in less time, while others may take longer. Interestingly, often friends and family members notice signs of improvements before the patient does. FDA trials (2008) found that about one out of three of TMS patients achieve remission (90%-100% improvement), one out of three achieve between 50% and 90% improvement and the rest from 0 to 49% improvement. Our results are somewhat better: one out of two achieve remission.
You will have opportunity to review your progress throughout the treatment. If symptoms persist we will propose modifications or additions to your TMS treatment which often contribute to improved results.
Are you resistant to antidepressants?
Depression symptoms are most often treated with psychotherapy and antidepressant medications. It is believed that antidepressant medications work by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. These changes have a positive effect on mood and on reducing feelings of depression and anxiety.
Although antidepressants can be effective for many patients, they do not work for everybody. Over four million patients do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressant medications. When a patient does not respond or cannot tolerate antidepressants, this is sometimes referred to as treatment resistant depression.
TMS therapy is clinically proven to treat the symptoms of depression for patients who have not responded to previous antidepressant treatment.
You may be a good candidate for TMS therapy if you suffer from depression, but are not benefiting from antidepressants, or wish to seek an alternative to antidepressants.