TMS Vs. Anti-Depressants


With an increased awareness of mental health issues, there is no shame in seeking treatment you need to improve well-being. Depression is common in many people and if it is getting in the way of you enjoying your life, you don’t have to suffer. There are many treatment options available.

The most common type of treatment for depression is anti-depressant medications. But these do not work for everyone.

When anti-depressants fail, St. Louis TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) can be a good alternative. Read on to find out how both of these treatments can be effective in improving mood.

How Do Anti-Depressants Work?

Antidepressants work by blocking the reuptake of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical naturally found in the body that aids with mood regulation as well as the immune system and other bodily functions. Antidepressants fight depression by increasing the number of serotonin patients have available in their brain.

However, antidepressants are not effective for everyone. This may be due to the fact that not all depression is caused by the body being unable to properly manage serotonin levels. In some cases, depression can be due to an endocrine disorder, and thyroid medication may be better suited in helping symptoms.

In other cases, it may be the type of antidepressant prescribed. There are different types of antidepressants on the market and each works differently. It may take trial and error to find a brand that is right for each patient.

There are also instances when anti-depressants simply aren’t effective for a reason that can not be determined. They may produce unwanted side effects without working to improve mood.

TMS as an Alternative

When antidepressants fail, TMS could be a good alternative solution.

TMS works by sending magnetic waves to the part of the brain that controls a person’s mood. The treatment is given in sessions that last 30 minutes and the waves are sent through an H-coil contained in specially designed headwear the patient wears while being treated. The sensation has been described as feeling like a slight tapping and it is not painful.

Patients who attend several sessions a week for about a month have experienced relief from their symptoms of depression.

What’s more, TMS does not require extensive prep or anesthesia and it does not cause any long-lasting, unwanted side effects.

If you think TMS treatment is right for you, the technicians at GatewayTMS can provide you with the superior care you need.

GatewaysTMS is one of the leading providers of St. Louis TMS treatment. They use state of the art Neurostar technology, they have a staff of caring and knowledgeable technicians, they provide soothing, spa-like treatment rooms and they accept most major insurance plans.

If you are suffering from depression, there is a solution, even when anti-depressants are ineffective. Talk to your doctor about the options that are available to you. Then take the first steps in improving your quality of life.