When it comes to treating depression, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Depression is a complex mental health condition, and what works best for one person may not be as effective for another. Two emerging treatments, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Ketamine therapy, have gained the most attention in recent years. Today, we explore why some individuals may choose TMS over Ketamine for depression treatment.
- Drug-free option: TMS is a non-medication treatment, which means it doesn’t involve the use of drugs like Ketamine. Some individuals prefer TMS because it offers an alternative to traditional antidepressant medications and avoids their potential side effects (eg. sexual side effects and weight gain) and drug interactions.
- Targeted Treatment: TMS is the only treatment available that specifically focuses on a region of the brain associated with depression. TMS works by delivering targeted magnetic pulses to regions of the brain associate with depression, OCD, PTSD and other mental health conditions. The target location varies depending on the condition being treated. We cannot say this about any other pharmaceutical treatment that is currently available. This targeted approach is appealing to those who are looking for a precise treatment that directly addresses the neural circuits involved in their mood disorder without impacting the rest of their body or brain.
- Minimal Side Effects: Compared to Ketamine, which can cause dissociative effects, psychosis and requires monitoring of vital signs (heart rate and blood pressure), TMS has no systemic side effects. Patients undergoing TMS typically experience only mild discomfort at the treatment site, with no risk of addiction or cognitive impairment.
- Long-Lasting Benefits: Research suggests that the effects of TMS can be long-lasting and potentially reduce the need for ongoing treatment. This makes it an attractive option for individuals seeking a long-term solution for their depression.
Ultimately, the choice between TMS and Ketamine for depression treatment depends on individual preferences and healthcare provider recommendations. We find that TMS appeals to those seeking a non-medication, targeted, and relatively side-effect-free option with potentially long-lasting benefits. For more information, please contact our clinic.