How to Talk to Your Doctor About TMS Therapy

Transcranial magnetic therapy is a non-invasive treatment approved by the FDA for treatment resistant depression. If you’ve tried two or more antidepressant medications and have been seeing a talk therapist without seeing relief of depressive symptoms, you might have treatment resistant depression.

If you’re interested in learning more about TMS therapy and whether it can benefit you, make an appointment to speak with your doctor. Here, we provide you with tips for talking to your doctor about TMS therapy.

Clearly Express Your Concerns

At Dignity Brain Health in Boston, we believe that in order for your doctor to fully understand your situation, it’s important that you have a safe environment to clearly communicate your concerns. To open up the conversation, start by telling your doctor how you’re feeling and that you’re concerned that, as of now, you have not found relief from depressive symptoms with previous treatments.

You can frame your conversation similar to the following example: “I was diagnosed with depression in 2018. I have tried more than two antidepressant medications, all while seeing a therapist, and I don’t feel that my symptoms are resolved. In fact, I feel worse than before starting treatment. I’ve heard of a new treatment called TMS therapy. Do you think this could be a good option for me?”

Access Your Medical Records

Your doctor can make an informed decision as to whether TMS therapy is right for you based on your medical history. If you’ve seen multiple doctors or therapists about your depression, consider accessing your medical records and bring copies of them with you to your appointment. Your medical records have the following important information that is useful to your doctor:

  • Previous and current diagnoses

  • Previous and current treatments

  • History of your symptoms — have they improved, stayed the same, or worsened?

  • Comments from the doctors who gave you the diagnosis and prescribed and administered treatments

Consider Bringing Resources To Show Your Doctor

You can bring resources regarding TMS therapy to show and/or give to your doctor during your appointment. Your doctor may wish to review these resources and do additional research before giving you an answer as to whether TMS treatment is right for you. We’ve provided a few key resources that you can read and print out to give to your doctor below.

A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2003 outlined the need for a more diverse range of effective treatment options for depression. According to this study, treatments such as antidepressant medication and talk therapy was only adequate for less than half of individuals diagnosed with major depressive disorder. This shows that many individuals diagnosed with depression need alternative options for treatment.

An analysis of 15 meta-analyses published in Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health in 2011 suggests that TMS therapy is a safe and effective therapy for treatment resistant depression.

Dignity Brain Health in Boston Is Here To Help

If you have any questions about depression, TMS therapy, your symptoms, or any potential treatments you’ve heard of, know that you can contact our caring and attentive staff at Dignity Brain Health in Boston. We’re here to answer questions, help with treatment, and most importantly, serve as a support system for your depression treatment.