Getting to Know Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
TMS, short for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, is a pretty cool therapy that helps treat mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or dealing with OCD and PTSD. How does it work? Well, it uses magnets to zap specific parts of your brain that control your mood. And the best part? It’s way easier on your body than medication with its side effects.
Pros and Cons
TMS is a champ when it comes to side effects – they’re minimal. You might get a bit of a tender scalp or a headache, but that’s about it. Plus, unlike other treatments where you might feel fuzzy afterwards, TMS lets you stay wide awake and doesn’t mess with your memory. Some even say it helps your brain get sharper!
Is it for You?
If you’ve tried a bunch of antidepressants or they gave you weird side effects, TMS could be a game-changer. It’s an outpatient treatment, so there’s no need to stay in the hospital. You must remove your jewellery, put in some earplugs, chill in a comfy chair, and let the technician do their magnetic thing. Sessions don’t take forever – anywhere from 3 to 60 minutes, and then you’re good to go about your day.
Where and How
Trained staff in specialised clinics handle TMS, guided by doctors. Before diving in, it’s crucial to have a Psychiatrist give you the thumbs-up. In South Africa, TMS is becoming more popular. Visit www.rewire.co.za or call them at 021 7941321 to find clinics near you. In Cape Town, TMS is also available at Claro Clinic.
Upper-end medical aids are now approving it on motivation. Please get in touch with Rewire for help with the authorisations.
The Big Picture
TMS isn’t just about boosting your mood. It might also help with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and recovering from a stroke. It’s like a superhero for both your mind and body!
Thinking About Trying TMS?
Chat to your doctor, especially if meds haven’t been doing the trick for you and you’re not prone to seizures. TMS could be the answer you’ve been waiting for in your mental health treatment!