Major depression is one of the most common psychiatric illnesses globally
affecting about 16 million American adults every year. It’s an illness that does not discriminate against age, race, or sex. Like many other illnesses, depression is NOT a one-size-fits-all disease. The road to recovery is seldom clear or straightforward.

There are various types of depression and the symptoms can look different from person to person. This is why treatment for depression should be individualized. Doctors prescribe ECT and TMS under very different circumstances. Thanks to both long-standing and evolving technologies, patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD) have safe and effective treatment options.

Brain Stimulating Therapies For Relief

Many people confuse Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Treatment with Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). Even though these two treatments use brain stimulation therapy for depression relief, they are very different. Here are a few things you should know about ECT vs. TMS therapy.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a type of brain stimulation therapy that has been used in psychiatry since the 1940s. ECT works by applying controlled direct electric currents to the patient’s brain while they are sedated under anesthesia in a hospital. The goal of this decades-old procedure is to reset the brain by inducing a therapeutic seizure that affects the patient’s communication of neurotransmitters.

On the other hand, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, outpatient treatment which safely stimulates targeted areas of the brain using MRIstrength magnetic pulses. These pulses work to reset regions of the brain that affect mood control. Unlike ECT, TMS therapy is done in an outpatient facility or doctors’ office like PASWFL and there is no use of general anesthesia.

A Comparison of ECT vs. TMS Therapy

To help our patients and community better understand ECT vs. TMS Therapy, here’s a comparison chart of the two treatments.

TMS Therapy Holds Promise For Relief

If you or a loved one have tried medications for depression without relief of
symptoms, you may be a candidate for non-invasive, safe TMS Therapy. Our
experienced team at PASWFL is here to help answer all your questions during this challenging time. The way you feel matters- don’t hesitate to reach out for support.