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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

I had very severe, negative side effects to ECT. Would there be a danger of my personality changing or horrible memory loss again with TMS?

A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

I had 26 treatments and they cured my migraines but didn't help my bi-polar. I have lost past memories and my short term and long term memory has been affected terribly. Best of luck to you, hopefully it will work for you!!

posted about 4 years ago
A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

My memory is the same so far...it wasn't great to begin with but no change. My personality is getting back to where it used to being...im starting to feel like myself. This is my TMS overview I posted for someone who wanted to know about TMS, I'll leave it here it you want to read about it. Good Luck on your journey.

*Note: I have never been through ECT

As of Friday 04/07/17, I am currently on day 12 of (Neurostar) TMS.
If you look through the medications I have been through the years and my current doctor pretty much said, I don't know what else to do for you. I was at the end. She suggested TMS...I was very reluctant even though I was in a bout of deep depression. I was only leaving my house to see her. (Psychiatrist)
It took me weeks to research TMS and finally make an appointment with the only licensed psychiatrist, M.D. in my state to offer this.
In my research it says you will feel a "gentle tapping". First and foremost...It is painful! I will not lollygag around this. Does it get less painful, yes...a bit. Even if you have a high pain tolerance, it's pretty bad...BUT if you are like me and you are desperately wanting help and want to feel better...its worth it.
The process is a TOTAL commitment also. 1 total month. Monday thru Friday. 1 hour. Treatment is 37 mins. 4 seconds of pulsing. 26 seconds of rest time. You cannot have ANY metal from your neck up. No jewelry, dental work, metal in your head from surgeries, etc. Also no history of seizures.
Day 7, people were noticing a difference in me. Granted I wasn't really noticing anything yet. People that knew me were...by the end of this week I was noticing things. I don't want to be couped up in my house...I'm opening up curtains. I went to the grocery store without having to have a buddy with me. The clutch in my car went yesterday and I'm not crying in despair.
This is working. Excuse the pun, but I am literally shocked that I am not in bed cowering from the world with what happened this week. I'm OK. No depression medication has ever made me feel ok.
Side effects...a small headache that goes away in a few hours. Plus the pain while the machine is on. That's it.
Two of the big plus'...since being off the medications...I've lost weight and I'm not nauseas all the time.
I know that's a lot of info. If I can help more please let me know!

posted over 3 years ago
A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

I had ECT about 10 yrs ago. I had about 6 treatments. It didn't change my personality, but it did affect my memory of that time. Just small chunks of it, though. Bits and pieces. But it slowly came back. It can work for some people, ECT did not help for my form of depression. Finding the right medication did. Good luck to you!!

posted about 4 years ago
A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

It will not do either! Much safer than ECT.

posted about 4 years ago
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