Depression Can Be Treated With TMS

Depression Can Be Treated With TMS
Depression Can Be Treated With TMS

Medical Park Tokat Hospital Psychiatrist Dr. Meral Oran Demir made statements about the Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device and its treatment. Providing information about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment, Psychiatrist Dr. Meral Oran Demir, “Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive method that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve the symptoms of psychiatric diseases. It can be used in addition to psychotherapy and drug therapy, or as a stand-alone treatment.

Referring to the reasons for which the treatment is used, Dr. Dr. Demir said, “The main area of ​​use of TMS is depression, but it is also used in obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, and nicotine addiction.”

Explaining how the treatment is applied, Dr. Dr. Demir shared the following information:

“TMS is applied by placing an electromagnetic coil on the scalp. Magnetic pulses delivered in this way painlessly pass through the skull and stimulate brain cells that can improve communication between different parts of the brain. During the procedure, the patient rests in a semi-sitting or lying position. Anesthesia is not needed. Consciousness is completely clear. It doesn't feel pain. Plugs are placed in their ears. It's okay to have your eyes open."

Talking about the side effects that can be seen in the treatment, Dr. Dr. Demir said, “The side effects that can be seen in TMS treatment are generally mild or moderate and improve shortly after an individual session and decrease over time with additional sessions. Most often, headache, a feeling of discomfort in the scalp, tingling or twitching of the facial muscles, dizziness may occur in the area of ​​​​the procedure. When these symptoms are seen, the stimulation level can be reduced and painkillers can be taken before the procedure. "Epileptic seizures can be seen very rarely," he said.

exp. Dr. Meral Oran Demir listed who cannot apply TMS as follows:

  • If the applicant has epilepsy,
  • If intracranial aneurysm clips or coils, stents, implanted stimulators
  • Implanted electrical devices such as pacemakers or drug pumps
  • If you have electrodes for monitoring brain activity, device for hearing, and a bullet piece in the body.

Providing information about the conditions that may occur during the treatment and after the treatment, Dr. Dr. Demir said, “During each treatment; The magnetic coil can lie comfortably with earplugs placed on the head. Clicking sounds are heard when the machine is turned on, it is felt to touch the forehead area. The process takes about 40 minutes. Scalp discomfort may be felt during and shortly after the procedure. It is not necessary for someone to drive you home after treatment, but you may choose to go with someone else for initial treatment until you understand how you will feel later on. After the treatment, normal daily activities can be returned and the car can be used.

Günceleme: 11/01/2023 12:55

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