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How psychotropic medications can supplement TMS therapy
October 6, 2021 at 4:00 AM
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There are a great number of therapeutic solutions available if you’re suffering from symptoms of depression. Working with a therapist is one helpful way to uncover causes for your symptoms and devise appropriate plans of action to deal with them, and this route often opens up others depending on the severity of your symptoms. Depending on your particular situation, you could be prescribed medication to help supplement the benefits of talk therapy.

Other options exist, though, which are less commonly known to many people suffering from depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is one such procedure. Some patients may find this to be a tremendously beneficial treatment for their symptoms in conjunction with the right medication.

Whether you’ve been recommended for TMS or are considering your options for dealing with symptoms of depression, it’s worth your time to learn more about it and how it could potentially help you. If you’re suffering from symptoms of depression, it’s also worth your time to reach out to Synchronous Mental Health. We’re a Portland, Oregon-based telehealth practice for medication management, psychiatric evaluation, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Read on for more information on transcranial magnetic stimulation, psychotropic medications, and how both can potentially offer significant help with managing your symptoms.

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive procedure that delivers repetitive magnetic pulses to your brain. It uses these pulses to stimulate your brain’s nerve cells, particularly in the region associated with mood control and depression. The goal is to stimulate activity in parts of your brain which have become less active in association with your depression.

Thanks in part to its noninvasive nature, TMS isn’t often associated with significant side effects. Common ones include headaches, scalp discomfort, facial twitching and lightheadedness. Rare issues include seizures and, particularly in bipolar patients, mania. Hearing loss is also a risk if you aren’t provided with adequate ear protection during the procedure.

You can read more about TMS, its effects, and steps to take before beginning treatment in this article from Mayo Clinic.

What are psychotropic medications?

Psychotropic medications affect your mood, perception, and thoughts. They’re a tool typically used by patients deali