TMS Theory in Depression

Depression stands out as one of the most prevalent mental health disorders, impacting millions of individuals globally. More than 29% of U.S. adults acknowledge having received a diagnosis of depression at some stage in their lives. Furthermore, the percentage of Americans currently dealing with or undergoing treatment for depression has seen an increase, reaching 17.8%, according to a 2023 study by Gallup Inc. 

A patient suffering from depression usually encounters a spectrum of mood disorders. They experience persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and little to no interest or pleasure in daily activities.

An effective treatment plan is essential to ease the emotional pain and discomfort experienced by the patient.

Common Symptoms of Depression

Recognizing depression involves understanding the diverse array of symptoms that individuals may experience. Common manifestations include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • A diminished ability to experience pleasure

Depression can also manifest in physical symptoms, affecting the patient’s overall quality of life.

Diagnosing depression involves assessing the persistence and intensity of symptoms, including their impact on daily functioning and overall quality of life. Individuals with depression often experience a range of emotional and physical symptoms that cause despair.

  • Emotions of sorrow, weeping, emptiness, or despair
  • Expressions of anger, irritability, or frustration
  • Diminished interest or joy in most or all usual activities
  • Disruptions in sleep patterns
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss
  • Difficulty with thinking, focus, decision-making, and memory
  • Frequent or recurring thoughts of death

To complicate matters further, different types of conditions affect the patient. The American Psychiatric Association classifies depression into five types:

Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD): PDD is characterized by a mild form of depression that lasts for a minimum of 2 years. Its symptoms are less intense than those associated with major depressive disorder.

Clinical depression (major depressive disorder): Being diagnosed with major depressive disorder indicates experiencing persistent feelings of sadness, low self-worth, or hopelessness. The patient usually experiences additional symptoms like sleep disturbances, loss of interest in activities, or changes in appetite. This form of depression is the most severe and prevalent.

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD): DMDD manifests as a chronic condition that causes intense irritability and frequent outbursts in children. It typically manifests in children before age ten.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): PMDD includes the occurrence of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms combined with mood-related challenges such as intense irritability, anxiety, or depression. Although these symptoms usually alleviate a few days into the menstrual cycle, their severity can significantly impact the patient’s daily life.

Depressive Disorder Due to Other Conditions: Different health issues like hypothyroidism, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, or cancer can lead to depression. However, the patient usually recovers when their underlying medical condition improves.


TMS Therapy for Depression

Approximately 50-60% of patients enduring depression fail to receive benefits from medications. In such cases, magnetic therapy for depression is the only alternative for recovery.

Throughout the TMS treatment for depression, patients often report a gradual reduction in persistent sadness, increased energy levels, improved concentration, and an overall enhancement in their ability to experience joy. Patients and families typically observe the improvement over six weeks.

Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center’s electromagnetic therapy for depression is designed to provide sustained relief and lasting improvements in the patient's overall well-being.

Some of the standard positive outcomes of TMS therapy for depression are:

Reduction in Persistent Sadness: Patients frequently report a significant reduction in the persistent feelings of sadness that characterize depression, contributing to an improved overall mood.

Increased Energy Levels: TMS therapy has been associated with increased energy levels, enabling individuals to engage more fully in daily activities.

Improved Concentration: Many individuals with depression struggle with difficulties in concentration. TMS therapy has been linked to improvements in cognitive function, including enhanced concentration and focus.

Enhanced Ability to Experience Joy: TMS therapy often enhances the patient's ability to experience joy and pleasure in daily activities.

The journey to overcoming depression involves ongoing support and education. Our team collaborates with patients to develop coping strategies, stress management techniques, and lifestyle adjustments that complement the benefits of TMS therapy. This holistic approach empowers individuals to actively participate in their mental health and well-being.