What is the Success Rate of TMS Therapy?

TMS: a Safe and Effective Treatment for Depression

Nothing spells success like results, so when it comes to finding a depression treatment with a high success rate, the news should be shared far and wide. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an alternative therapy for treating individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) who have been deemed treatment-resistant. After trialling multiple antidepressants without success, these patients have turned to TMS to do the job.

Positive testimonials are abundant, with TMS therapy showing high anecdotal success rates. A quick Google search will offer dozens of pages of testimonials and study results demonstrating TMS efficacy in treatment-resistant depression.

TMS Explained

TMS is a non-invasive brain stimulation therapy that applies magnetic pulses directly through the scalp via a coil. The magnetic fields induce electrical currents that are targeted toward the limbic region of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, where they stimulate underactive brain cells.

Over the course of treatment, a 4-6 week period, brain chemistry is rebalanced, resulting in improved mood.

Deep TMS (dTMS) goes a step further in the treatment of depression. Using an H-coil contained within a comfortable helmet, the currents are delivered deeper into the brain tissue compared to standard TMS. This deeper penetration, combined with the coil design allows for quicker, more effective treatment results for depression patients.

A typical TMS session involved the patient being seated comfortably while fully alert. Once the doctor has determined pulse strength & rates, the patient is fitted with the helmet. After the treatment session, the patient is free to drive back to work or home to resume normal activities.

Clinical Trials Demonstrate a High TMS Success Rate

Over 60 clinical studies of TMS have been conducted both here in the U.S. and worldwide. The ongoing trials continue to demonstrate TMS to be effective in providing statistically significant treatment results, including response and remission rates. Deep TMS, which requires no anesthesia, is very well tolerated with minimal reports of adverse side effects. The few reported symptoms, such as mild headache or scalp irritation, are transient in nature, resolving without intervention during the treatment regimen.

One study of Deep TMS involved twenty different treatment sites, most in the U.S., with sites also participating in Canada, Israel, and Europe. The study was a randomized, sham-controlled trial involving 181 participants. The results of the study confirmed response rates of 44% for Deep TMS, compared to 25% for the sham treatment. Rates of remission were 31.8% for Deep TMS versus 22% for the sham treatment.

Harvard Medical School on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

According to Harvard Medical School, TMS therapy can provide a light at the end of the tunnel for patients suffering from depression.

Per the article accessed through Harvard Health Publishing, 50-60% of those with medication-resistant depression experience a ‘clinically meaningful’ response when treated with TMS.

Of that 50-60 %, approximately one-third experience full remission of symptoms. It must be stressed, however, that there is a rate of recurrence; much like most mental health treatments. The Harvard article cites the average duration of effective response as around one year.

TMS Therapy Success Stories

In patients using TMS to treat their stubborn depression, the vast majority experience improvements in mood, sleep quality, and concentration by treatment’s end. Here are a few testimonials written by those who wish to share their TMS therapy success stories:

S.H. (TMS Patient)

How did you cope with depression prior to starting the TMS treatment series?

I’ve had depression since 8th Grade. I coped with not eating and mostly cutting. Since I have started TMS, I have not cut once.

How did you cope with depression throughout the TMS treatment series? Did you notice any
noticeable differences in yourself?

I noticed that I am getting back to my humor and quick whits. Also noticed my depression episodes only last a few hours instead of months at a time! I feel like I move forward a lot easier and I am more positive.

How are you coping/ will cope with depression after completing the TMS treatment series? Would you recommend TMS to future patients?

Yes! I haven’t felt this good in years. I am coping by having better outlets and eating regularly. I do so by exercising every day, eating healthy and not isolating.

Is there anything that you would recommend for us to improve our future patient
experience?

No.

G.G. (TMS Patient)

How did you cope with depression prior to starting the TMS treatment series?

I was barely able to cope. I pushed loved ones away and attempted suicide twice even on medication.

How did you cope with depression throughout the TMS treatment series? Did you notice any
noticeable differences in yourself?

As the treatment went on I noticed that I was able to deal with my depression and situation better. I thought less of ending it all and my anxiety became more manageable.

How are you coping/ will cope with depression after completing the TMS treatment series?
Would you recommend TMS to future patients?

My depression is almost non-existent now and I would definitely recommend TMS to anyone whose medication isn’t enough.

Is there anything that you would recommend for us to improve our future patient
experience?

Nothing.

S.D. (TMS Patient)

How did you cope with depression prior to starting the TMS treatment series?

Medications and sleeping.

How did you cope with depression throughout the TMS treatment series? Did you notice any
noticeable differences in yourself?

My level of depression diminished.

How are you coping/ will cope with depression after completing the TMS treatment series?
Would you recommend TMS to future patients?

I am coping better and would recommend TMS to others. I feel much better.

Is there anything that you would recommend for us to improve our future patient
experience?

No.

Achieve TMS East – New England’s Largest Provider of Deep TMS

To receive the highest level of care, look to the experts at Achieve TMS East to treat your depression using deep TMS therapy. With numerous convenient locations, our devoted doctors and clinicians specialize in dTMS, giving hope to thousands who suffer from depression’s debilitating effects. Become your own TMS therapy success story! For more information about dTMS please contact our friendly staff today at (877) 297-5816.

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