For a long time researchers have sought safe and effective treatments for depression. Unfortunately, there is no single depression treatment which has been proven to work for everyone as depression can be very complex. Depression is often treated with antidepressant medications but some experience unwanted side effects. Alternative treatments for depression are available. Many depression therapies have been shown to work in people who do not receive benefit from antidepressant medications or that cannot tolerate the side effects. One such therapy for the treatment of depression is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The TMS therapy at Cascade TMS in Portland, OR was FDA cleared for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medications.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells. Cascade TMS focus’s on the area of the brain thought to control mood. It is sometimes referred to as rTMS which stands for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. Cascade TMS in Portland, OR patients receiving TMS Therapy remain awake and alert during the procedure.
TMS Therapy at Cascade TMS in Portland, OR is an outpatient procedure. The typical treatment course consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period for 20-30 treatments. Each depression treatment session lasts approximately 20-40 minutes. This all depends on what the doctor determines is the correct protocol.
TMS is non-invasive. It does not involve surgery or anything like that. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation. The patient remains awake and alert during the treatment.
TMS is non-systemic. It is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body.
TMS is FDA cleared for patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment.
We welcome you to visit TMS+YOU. TMS+You is an online community and national patient advocacy site for TMS Therapy. Those considering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can connect with patients who have had the treatments. Get answers to questions, share insights, and get the latest information about TMS. We welcome you to also contact us at Cascade TMS in Portland, OR for more information about TMS therapy.