Although we do not yet fully understand the full breadth of the science behind the treatment, we can say with absolute certainty that TMS therapy not only works, but it works very well. While most people suffering from depression are eligible to undergo TMS therapy, there are a few characteristics that significantly improve a patient’s reception to the treatment:
- Either male or female
- Ages 20 to 75
- Still occasionally experiences normal moods
- Occasionally responds to other medications
- In a longer-than-usual-lasting depressive episode
The prognosis is better in this situation: Meeting the above criteria gives you some of the best chances to respond positively to TMS therapy. However, patients who have never responded well to alternate medications, such as antidepressants, and remained in a constant depression may not benefit from TMS therapy. Naturally, patients who fall somewhere in the middle of these two extremes face an average prognosis.