Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS Therapy) constitutes a proven, FDA approved, non-drug treatment for depression. Promises is the only private clinic in Singapore to provide TMS Therapy services.
TMS Therapy involves the use of a highly focused pulsed magnetic field, similar in type and strength to those produced by an MRI machine to stimulate areas of the brain that are underactive in depression.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is an in-office treatment that takes 37 minutes, and is performed while the patient sits in a chair. The TMS Therapy is administered five days a week, for up to four to six weeks.
Simple steps for NeuroStar TMS Therapy:
Step One: The patient reclines comfortably in the treatment chair, awake and alert
Step Two: A small curved device containing the magnetic coil rests lightly on the patient’s head
Step Three: The device delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain
Step Four: The patient can immediately resume normal activities
Advantages of TMS Therapy over Drug Therapy:
Avoids the side effects commonly associated with antidepressant medications
- No adverse effect on cognition or sleep
- No weight gain
- No sexual dysfunction
- The experience of TMS Therapy Treatment:
During treatment, the patient hears a clicking sound and feels a tapping sensation on the head. The most common side effect is generally mild-to-moderate pain or discomfort at or near the treatment area during the session. When this occurs it is temporary, and typically occurs only during the first week of treatment.
There are no effects on alertness or understanding; patients being treated with NeuroStar TMS Therapy can drive themselves to and from their treatment sessions.
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