TMS Provides Long-Lasting Relief from Depression
If you suffer from depression and addiction, recovery might seem like an impossible task. It’s as if your brain is working against you, making recovery even more difficult than it is for those without mental health issues. Fortunately, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) by BrainsWay could be the solution to your problem. This therapy has the power to change the way your brain acts and thinks, allowing you to overcome your addiction and depression. If you have tried other treatment methods to no avail, learn more about TMS at Pacific Bay Recovery. It could be your ticket to a safe and healthy recovery from depression and addiction.
What Is TMS by BrainsWay?
TMS is an FDA-cleared noninvasive treatment that is used to treat depression and other psychiatric conditions. The system uses an electromagnetic coil that produces an electromagnetic field. The coil is placed on the head, and the electromagnetic field penetrates the skull and reaches specific neural networks. Once inside of the networks, the electromagnetic field activities the cells.
Patients undergo a series of TMS treatments. Over time, the treatment creates long-term changes in the cells. These changes provide numerous benefits regarding mental health and addiction recovery.
Standard vs. Deep TMS Treatment
People can undergo standard or deep TMS treatment. Standard TMS treatment uses a figure-8 coil to provide stimulation to different areas of the brain. The electromagnetic field is limited to depths of 0.27 inches. Standard TMS uses indirect stimulation to reach deeper areas of the brain. Indirect stimulation has not proven to be as effective as direct stimulation.
BrainsWay’s deep TMS treatment solves this problem. Instead of using a figure-8 coil, it uses an H-coil that is housed inside of a helmet. This patented coil can deliver electromagnetic stimulation 1.25 inches into the brain, allowing it to directly reach the reward system.
Also, BrainsWay’s patented H-coil is designed to treat a larger portion of the brain at once. Providers appreciated the larger treatment area since each brain is slightly different. It’s easy to miss the desired treatment area when using a figure-8 coil. Fortunately, providers do not worry about this with BrainsWay’s deep TMS treatment system.
Undergoing TMS Treatment — What to Expect
Undergoing a new treatment can be frightening. You aren’t necessarily afraid of the treatment. It’s the fear of the unknown that causes you to hesitate before agreeing to treatment. You can alleviate your anxiety by understanding what to expect during and after treatment, as well as your expectations for the long term. Let’s go over what to expect, so you can begin to prepare for treatment.
The Treatment Process
Pacific Bay Recovery strives to make the treatment as comfortable and stress-free as possible. You will be escorted to a private room, away from the other patients at Pacific Bay Recovery. After you sit down, your doctor will go over the treatment process, including the areas of the brain he or she will stimulate. Then, you will get earplugs, so you won’t be bothered by the noises that occur during TMS treatment.
Next, your doctor will show you the helmet that contains the special H-coil. This cushioned helmet is comfortable and will go over your head. The provider must place the helmet properly, so it reaches the desired parts of your brain. The fitting is quick, so you won’t wait long for treatment to begin.
Once the provider turns on the machine, it will get to work. The TMS system sends pulses of energy into your brain. You can expect it to take approximately 20 minutes for the entire treatment. This will be the first in a series of treatments used to alter your brain’s response.
You might experience mild discomfort when undergoing TMS. Most people only experience discomfort during the first treatment. Some muscle twitching is also normal, and you will notice some sounds, even with the earplugs. The earplugs dull the noise, though.
After the Treatment
Many people don’t feel any different right after the first treatment. However, some do have minor side effects, such as headaches and mild discomfort. If you have side effects, they should not last longer than a week.
Also, if you have side effects, they should be more tolerable than the effects experienced with prescription depression medications.
Your provider will create a treatment plan for you to follow. You will probably need to undergo several treatments before you notice the results. Within a few weeks, you should notice that your depressed mood has been lifted and you feel more energetic. Also, your cravings for substances should go away within this time period. You’ll no longer feel the urge to drink or use drugs.
You’ll want to maintain these amazing results, so your doctor will probably create a maintenance schedule for you. You will not need to have sessions as often during the maintenance period, but these sessions will allow you to maintain the results.
TMS and Addiction Recovery — How It Helps
Drugs and alcohol hijack your brain’s reward system. Over time, drugs and alcohol become the only way to activate the system. This damage makes it very difficult to overcome drug and alcohol addiction. You feel the need to take drugs and alcohol to activate the system, so the idea of going without feels frightening or even impossible.
When you undergo TMS, electromagnetic energy targets your reward system. It goes right after the neural pathways and cells that light up when exposed to substances. This changes how your reward system reacts to substances. Over time, substances won’t activate your reward system. That means you won’t feel an urge to use drugs or alcohol.
Since TMS rewires the reward system, it works for a wealth of addictions ranging from cigarettes to alcohol and cocaine. With this treatment, you won’t just decide to stop using substances. Your brain actually loses interest.
TMS and Depression — How It Helps
TMS also helps with depression and mood. The reason is similar to how it helps with addiction. Your provider uses the H-coil to target the areas in your brain that are responsible for depression or the mood disorder you experience. The electromagnetic waves create new pathways, quickly boosting your mood. Often, the treatments allow people to recover completely.
Many people prefer TMS to mediation because the side effects are more tolerable. Also, it’s proven effective for people who don’t benefit from medication for depression.
If you suffer from depression, you can increase the benefits of the therapy by combining it with cogitative-behavioral therapy. This is the best way to have long-term results and finally overcome depression for good.
Undergo TMS by BrainsWay at Pacific Bay Recovery
If you suffer from addiction, depression, or both, you can undergo TMS treatment at Pacific Bay Recovery. Our providers are trained in mental health, addiction, and TMS treatment and are here to help you. Pacific Bay Recovery has experienced countless positive treatment outcomes and is excited to help others overcome addiction and mental health issues.
Also, because Pacific Bay Recovery uses TMS by BrainsWay, the treatments are shorter and more effective than standard TMS treatments. Contact Pacific Bay Recovery today to learn more about TMS by BrainsWay and how it can help you move down the road to recovery.