ranscranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is the only FDA approved treatment for Depression that is non-invasive and non- systemic. It is an alternative for those suffering from Major Depressive Disorder that are not achieving satisfactory results from their current treatment regimens. It can safely be combined with naturopathic medicine as it is a scientific, yet holistic approach to treatment.
While TMS is not specifically approved or indicated for depressed women who are pregnant or breast feeding, there is a good reason to think that TMS should be safe since it is non-systemic and is localized to the brain area involved with depression. TMS is a good alternative for depressed women who are pregnant or breast feeding and do not want to take traditional anti depressant medication. The magnetic stimulation is less intense than an MRI and is more targeted to the specific area known in the brain to control mood. It is targeted magnetic pulses that create electrical energy in the prefrontal cortex to stimulate the neurons that are shown to be inactive in patients suffering from depression. This revolutionary treatment stimulates the neurons back to their original effective state.
Generally, women should be careful about medications they take while pregnant or breast feeding. Traditional anti-depressants are designated by the FDA to be Category C stating that “Risk cannot be ruled out- Adequate, well-controlled human studies are lacking, and animal studies have shown a risk to the fetus or are lacking as well. There is a chance of fetal harm if the drug is administered during pregnancy; but the potential benefits may outweigh the potential risk.”
South Shore Neuropsychiatric Center believes that TMS is a safe alternative for depressed women not wanting to take anti depressants during pregnancy or during breast feeding.
Stopping treatment during pregnancy can be very detrimental to the mother and babies health and is greatly discouraged. TMS offers another alternative to continue therapy throughout pregnancy to improve mental health symptoms of the pregnant woman.
Post Partum depression is another risk of leaving depression untreated during pregnancy. Patients who have had depressive episodes in the past and discontinue current treatment regimens during pregnancy may be at risk for a reoccurrence. TMS may be a good alternative for lactating women in the post partum phase who do not want to take anti-depressants.
TMS is an outpatient procedure that is done for 40 minutes, five times a week for 4-6 weeks. It is an acute and intense treatment proven to safely put depression symptoms into remission. It is fast and effective for new moms or mothers-to-be.