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How TMS Can Treat Postpartum Depression Without Medications

By February 15, 2021No Comments

One in seven new mothers experience some degree of postpartum depression, preventing them from fully engaging in this wonderful time. Explore how TMS therapy is helping scores of women enjoy motherhood without resorting to medications.

The first year of motherhood has its challenges under the best of circumstances. If you’re struggling with postpartum depression, however, the challenges can seem almost insurmountable.

To get back to the joys of caring for your newborn without undergoing the trial and error and significant side effects of medications, our team here at TMS & Brain Health offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy.

Explore the advantages of TMS therapy and how it can release you from your postpartum depression without relying on medications.

Faster results

Whether or not you’re new to motherhood, you know that this time is precious and goes by in the blink of an eye, which means you can ill afford to waste any of it. We understand that, which is why we believe that TMS therapy is the best solution for postpartum depression.

When treating depression disorders of any kind, including postpartum depression, many mental health care providers turn to prescription medications, including antidepressants and antiseizure medications. While these medications can be effective, there’s a fair amount of trial and error at first as you and your doctor try to figure out the right dosage and combination of medications.

This process can take weeks, and often months, before you’re able to determine if the treatment works. Not to mention, every time you make an adjustment to your medications, you start the clock over again and this time can pile up. In the best-case scenario, you may find relief in a few months. In the worst-case scenario, you waste months chasing a solution, only to come up empty-handed and still embroiled in your postpartum depression.

At our practice, we specialize in “Express TMS.” This is an innovative therapy in which we target certain areas of your brain with intermittent theta bursts in just three-minute, nine-second sessions, which we deliver over the course of several weeks. We administer no medications before, during, or after TMS therapy, which means the treatment is completely medication-free, which is important to new mothers.

This fast-acting therapy is also easy to adjust and tweak according to your unique needs, without incurring any setbacks. In fact, you should start improving quite quickly as you begin your protocol.

No unwanted side effects

One of the greatest advantages of our TMS therapy is the lack of potentially serious side effects, since it doesn’t involve systemic medications. Since its FDA approval in 2008, this therapy has proven to be extremely safe and effective, with only a small percentage of patients reporting a mild, temporary headache after their treatments.

Medications that are typically prescribed for depression, on the other hand, can lead to myriad side effects that range from nausea and weight gain to fatigue and drowsiness — all symptoms that are most unwelcome as a new mother.

As well, the risk of seizure with TMS is less than 0.1%, while antidepressants are associated with an increased risk of seizures.

The bottom line is that TMS therapy for postpartum depression is long on results and short on unwanted side effects, which prescription medications can’t claim.

If you’d like to break free from your postpartum depression, please contact one of our two locations in Santa Monica or Los Angeles, California, to set up an appointment.

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