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Most people suffering from depression are likely to be offered Antidepressants as a first treatment when they visit their doctor for help. Although this isn’t ideal, sometimes it is the only option available as lengthy waiting lists along with a lack of resources means that other types of therapies such as cognitive therapy might not be immediately available.Learn more about us at Wesley Chapel TMS Clinic

Although antidepressants are effective for many, one of the main problems with them is that any relief they do offer, comes with the price of suffering some unpleasant side effects, including nausea, dizziness, sleep disturbances, headaches, loss of libido, agitation, and erectile dysfunction in men. Another problem is that in some people, antidepressants will have no effect on the symptoms of depression whatsoever. No one really understands why this is the case and it isn’t possible to predict which people will benefit and which won’t.

Now, a new study has highlighted an innovative therapy that is fast gaining recognition as a possible maintenance treatment for major depression in people who either couldn’t tolerate antidepressants or found that the antidepressant drugs didn’t work.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS as it is known is a treatment involving magnets placed on the head to send magnetic pulses to the parts of the brain responsible for regulating mood. Neurostar Inc is the company that has come up with Neurostar TMS machine which apparently carries very few, if any, side effects. The most common is a mild headache after treatment.

In a pilot study carried out by Neurostar, the researchers treated half of the patients with TMS for a period of six weeks and the other half were observed monthly. After the six week period they found that 61.2 percent of those treated with TMS had experienced a remission of depression symptoms and after three months the figure was 62.5 percent compared to 43.8 percent of those who didn’t receive TMS therapy.