Questions to Ask Your TMS Doctor?
You are tired of taking different medications with no significant benefits to your overall mental health. So, You’ve decided to try TMS treatment and gain your life back. TMS treatment can help you gain your old self back and achieve stable mental wellbeing. Now, you may have some questions to ask, to reassure yourself about the potentials of TMS treatment.
In this article, we will go through some of the questions that you need to ask your TMS doctor.
Are your treatments approved?
Yes, it is important to know that the treatment that you are getting has regulatory approvals and there is plenty of evidence backing it. As of 2015, the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) issued its recommendations and approval on TMS treatment for Clinical Depression. Additionally, FDA approval was issued back in 2008 for depression.
Other disorders are treatable with TMS treatment, however, they do not yet have the same approvals and are performed as off-label use.
Who is going to perform your TMS?
It is important to understand how involved your TMS doctor (Psychiatrist) is in your care. At The rTMS Centre, the psychiatrist sees the patient fortnightly for reviews and evaluation, not just at the beginning.
On the other hand, TMS technicians must be TMS trained & qualified and possess the essential skills of mental health to aid patients in their recovery.
How long & often should you be treated?
The initial course of TMS treatment involves 20 to 30 sessions. This is performed daily, Monday to Friday with one session per day. Each TMS session is 19 minutes.
Throughout the years of performing TMS treatment, The rTMS Centre has concluded that it is best practice to perform daily sessions rather than cramping sessions together and rushing the treatment.
Performing a few sessions of TMS treatment in one day will not cause any actual harm, but overstimulation of the brain could lead to feelings of overwrought. Therefore, it is essential to allow enough recovery time in between each treatment session. It is this recovery time in between the TMS sessions that allows the brain’s neuroplasticity to aid effective and long-lasting recovery.
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