TMS vs. Deep TMS Therapy

TMS vs. Deep TMS Therapy

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS) are two non-invasive brain stimulation techniques that have gained popularity in recent years as effective treatments for various mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety. While both therapies use magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, they differ in terms of their targeted brain regions and treatment protocols.

TMS was first introduced in the early 1980s and has been extensively studied and refined over the years. It involves the use of a magnetic coil placed on the scalp to generate magnetic fields that stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TMS is a targeted treatment, meaning it can be used to stimulate specific regions of the brain that are thought to be involved in mental health disorders.

Deep TMS, on the other hand, was developed more recently and is a more advanced form of TMS. It uses a specialized coil that can penetrate deeper into the brain, reaching regions that are not accessible with conventional TMS. This allows for more targeted and precise stimulation of brain regions that are thought to be involved in mental health disorders.

One of the key differences between TMS and Deep TMS is the targeted brain regions. TMS is commonly used to stimulate the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), which is involved in the regulation of mood and emotions. Deep TMS, on the other hand, can be used to target deeper brain regions such as the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in executive function, decision-making, and self-control, as well as the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), which is involved in emotional regulation.

Another difference between TMS and Deep TMS is the treatment protocols. TMS typically involves daily sessions of 30-60 minutes over a period of several weeks, while Deep TMS may require less frequent sessions of up to 20 minutes each. The duration and frequency of treatment may vary depending on the individual and the specific condition being treated.

Both TMS and Deep TMS have been found to be safe and effective treatments for various mental health disorders. Studies have shown that TMS can significantly improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and OCD, and that the effect is durable over time. Deep TMS has also been found to be effective in treating depression and has shown promise in the treatment of other conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders.

In terms of side effects, both therapies have been found to be generally well-tolerated, with few serious adverse events reported. The most common side effects of TMS and Deep TMS are usually mild and transient, such as headache and scalp discomfort.

One advantage of Deep TMS over TMS is that it can target deeper brain regions, which may be more involved in the pathophysiology of mental health disorders. However, Deep TMS may also be more expensive than TMS and may not be widely available in all regions.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS) are two non-invasive brain stimulation techniques that have shown promise in the treatment of various mental health disorders. While both therapies use magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, they differ in terms of their targeted brain regions and treatment protocols. TMS is a more established treatment that can target specific brain regions, while Deep TMS is a more advanced treatment that can penetrate deeper brain regions. Both therapies have been found to be safe and effective, and the choice between them may depend on the specific condition being treated and the availability of the treatment in the region.

At Stedfast Psychiatry, we offer Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS) therapy from the comfort of our office. We are currently accepting new patients looking for non-invasive alternatives to traditional therapies and those seeking Deep TMS therapy for their mental health condition. Call our office today to find more info about Deep TMS or to find out about how you can book your first treatment session.