In this video, I discuss the correlation between TMS and insomnia.
When patients begin a new treatment or therapy they may be concerned with any side effects that may come along with it. An underlying concern may be that undergoing TMS treatments it will cause them to have insomnia.
Let’s begin by quickly reviewing what transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is and how it can help combat depression. TMS is mainly used for combatting depression but can be used for other issues as well. TMS is a noninvasive form of brain stimulation treatment using a coil on the head that stimulates or inhibits neurons in different sections of the head. Often those who have not found relief from their ongoing depression with traditional therapies, such as antidepressant medications or psychotherapy consider TMS as an alternative option. Multiple sessions are needed to see improvement and the majority of patients experience significant relief within several weeks beginning their treatment. TMS is effective, has been approved by the FDA over ten years already and it is a very safe treatment.
But does it really causes one to have insomnia? The video discusses my detailed perspective on the topic and if, in fact, TMS causes insomnia. In general, it is not believed that TMS causes one to have insomnia. However, if one is receiving TMS treatments and they start do develop insomnia then it may, in fact, be related to each other. And TMS may be the trigger for their insomnia. I explain in the video clip why TMS treatments may stimulate insomnia as do certain antidepressant.
If the TMS treatments, however, cause you to have insomnia it will only be temporally. It is important to remember that TMS is harmless. The only ‘harm’ that could happen is a seizure while you are seating in the chair when being treated. If one suffers from depression, the goal should be on finding relief from your depression, that is truly what one should be fighting in full force. I would recommend that the main thing to focus on is to get out of the depression and overcome that more than anything else. Meanwhile, you could fight insomnia when being treated with TMS by taking sleeping pills which may help ease the problem with insomnia. Taking medications such as Benzodiazepine, Xanax or Ambien can be very helpful.
In this video, I also discuss what my thoughts are regarding serotonin medications and give examples of patients I dealt with. There’s also a discussion about the effects of TMS, I talk about their healing process, medications, nutritional effects, and other issues concerning TMS. Call us now at (212) 362-9635 to book your appointment for a TMS treatment and find relief from your depression.