Are you looking for a safe, effective treatment option to help improve your mental health and well-being? It’s important to research the options available and weigh out the pros and cons of each. Two popular treatments often discussed are ketamine therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Is Your Mental Health Taking A Toll?

Neuro Glow can help you find clarity in life. We offer advanced and effective treatments based on your needs and lifestyle, like ketamine infusion therapy and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Both therapies have shown safety and efficacy in reducing symptoms associated with anxiety and treatment-resistant depression. 

With our advanced care and unbeatable service, you’ll enjoy being handled by trained and experienced professionals who are there for you at every step. Our team will assess what kind of treatment is best for your situation, so you don’t have to worry about navigating this process alone. You’ll be able to take advantage of our expert insights to make an informed decision about which treatment works best for you. 

Ketamine Treatment

Ketamine therapy for depression is a promising treatment option that has gained popularity in recent years. While it is not yet FDA-approved for this specific use, ketamine has been a valuable tool in medicine for many years as an approved anesthetic.

Ketamine offers rapid relief for depression, unlike traditional therapies, which may take years. On average, patients need six infusions for significant improvement.

Treatment-Resistant Depression

Ordinarily, there are several treatments offered to manage and improve the symptoms of depression. While they are effective for some people, they fail to provide any benefit when used for some people. 

Treatment-resistant depression occurs when standard treatments fail to provide relief in Major Depressive Disorder, and alternative treatments such as TMS or ketamine infusion therapy may be considered.

Depression Symptoms

Being depressed is much more than just having a bad day. It is a disorder that impacts a person’s emotions, thoughts, and actions.

The following are persistent signs and symptoms of depression:

  • Low Mood: Low moods that last for weeks or even months are the most common sign of depression.
  • Mood Swings: Mood swings can be linked to depression. These changes in emotion and outlook may last for several days, weeks, or even months.
  • Loss of Interest In Daily Activities: It may feel like it takes extra effort to do simple things when you’re depressed.
  • Weight Loss / Weight Gain: Unexplained weight loss or gain, or a drastic change in appetite, can signify depression. 
  • Insomnia: Insomnia is a common symptom of depression, in which someone has difficulty sleeping and staying asleep.
  • Oversleeping: This may also be a symptom in some people.
  • Suicidal Thoughts: People with depression may have thoughts of suicide or about dying.

Limitations Of Ketamine Infusions

While the use of ketamine infusions for treatment-resistant depression is not yet FDA-approved, its quick onset and effectiveness have made it a revolution in mental health. Nevertheless, ketamine has a strong potential for addiction because it acts quickly and improves mood within hours.

Although ketamine therapy for depression treatment utilizes a sub-anesthetic dose, there may be potential side effects due to its anesthetic nature. However, at Neuroglow, we prioritize the safety and effectiveness of all our therapies, adhering to strict medical standards to provide the highest quality care for our patients.

Here are 4 possible side effects:

  1. Blurred Vision
  2. A Feeling of Floating
  3. Hallucinations
  4. Drowsiness

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

At Neuroglow, we believe that TMS is a game-changing treatment for depression, offering an effective and non-invasive solution without the need for drugs. TMS has received FDA approval as a treatment for depression, with high efficacy in treating treatment-resistant depression. The treatment works by gently stimulating specific brain regions with magnetic pulses.

TMS Treatment

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive neuromodulation technique that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in specific brain regions. It works by altering the activity of the prefrontal cortex, a brain region associated with mood regulation, leading to improved symptoms of depression.

TMS therapy is useful for treating substance addictions and chronic depressive symptoms. TMS is a safe and well-tolerated treatment option for depression that has shown promising results, particularly in patients who have not responded to other treatments.

Why Do People Choose Neuroglow?

NeuroGlow is a leading provider of effective and evidence-based treatments and prioritizes innovation in advancing mental healthcare. Our facility is committed to transforming patients’ mental health with personalized treatments for each patient delivered with compassion and care.

Our state-of-the-art clinic offers the best possible experience for ketamine infusion therapy and TMS treatment. Our private infusion rooms provide a tranquil environment, complete with comfortable recliners, noise-canceling headphones, and aromatherapy. We use hospital-grade infusion pumps for precise control and safety, ensuring that every patient is treated in comfort throughout the ketamine infusion therapy experience.

Our client care team will discuss the TMS treatment plan and comprehensively explain the procedure. TMS is a safe procedure that requires no medication, with each session lasting only 3 minutes. We will create a customized TMS treatment plan based on your evaluation to provide the best possible results.

Benefits of TMS Treatment with Neuroglow:

  1. Medication-free treatment option.
  2. Rapid and durable improvement.
  3. Non-surgical and non-anesthetic procedures.
  4. TMS has been found to effectively treat treatment-resistant depression.
  5. TMS is well-tolerated by patients.
  6. Minimal risk of common antidepressant medication side effects.
  7. It can be used in conjunction with standard antidepressant medications.
  8. Cognitive function is not impaired by TMS treatment.
  9. Patients can resume their normal daily routine immediately following treatment.

Limitations of TMS Treatment

Only some people are good candidates for TMS therapy. Talking to a TMS treatment professional about your past medical history is crucial. For instance, TMS therapy may not be appropriate for patients who have seizures, have suffered a brain injury, or have co-occurring diseases.

TMS treatment may also not be appropriate for someone with metal in the vicinity of their head, such as aneurysm coils or facial tattoos done with metallic ink or metal plates. Everyone may not experience the modest side effects of TMS therapy.

Possible side effects of TMS Therapy

  • Headache
  • Scalp discomfort
  • Dizziness
  • Facial muscles twitch or spasm

What is considered a major depressive disorder?

A major depressive disorder is not a phase that eventually “passes.” When a person is in a depressed mood for most of the day, almost every day, for a minimum of two weeks, treating major depression is necessary. Some people may experience depression without understanding the cause.

Tips for getting the most out of mental health treatment:

Put Yourself First

While putting others before ourselves is admirable, putting YOU first is what mental health care is all about. After all, improving yourself improves the people who matter most to you.

Asking for help when you need it should be fine. Make careful to act in your own best interests and that of your mental health professionals.

Speak Up

Working with and improving a mental health condition requires communication.

Write It Down

Both at work and in school, taking notes is beneficial.

Clinical trials say that journaling can be extremely beneficial for mental health.

Embrace Whole-Person Health

The links between physical and mental health are well-established and beyond just caring for yourself “from the neck up.” It’s amazing how taking care of your body—regular exercise, eating properly, and getting adequate sleep—helps maintain a sharp mind.

Be Patient With Your Mental Health

Keep in mind that major changes rarely occur quickly. Like physical therapy, mental health therapy needs repetition and time to produce healing and strength.

Setting reasonable and realistic goals is crucial. Even though you would prefer giant strides, many of our clinicians have informed us that recognizing minor triumphs can significantly impact how successful your treatment is for you.

Frequently Ask Questions About Ketamine vs. TMS: Which Treatment Is Best For Me?

Q: What is the difference between ketamine and TMS?

A: Ketamine is an anesthetic drug that is administered intravenously and is used off-label to treat depression. TMS, on the other hand, uses magnetic pulses to stimulate certain areas of the brain that regulate mood.

Q: What are the effects of antidepressants?

A: Some potential side effects may include feeling agitated, shaky, or anxious, as well as experiencing nausea, indigestion, stomach aches, diarrhea, or constipation.

Q: What are the most harmful depressive symptoms?

A: The most harmful depressive chronic symptoms are suicidal thoughts and behaviors, which can lead to death.

Final Thoughts

The right approach depends on the individual’s needs and preferences. Ketamine therapy may be more suitable for those who have tried traditional psychiatric medications and found them ineffective. Suppose you or a loved one is struggling with depression, OCD, PTSD, addiction, or another mental health disorder. In that case, it’s important to consult a mental health professional to explore all treatment options.

Ketamine and TMS are promising treatments that have successfully treated various conditions. However, it’s important to consult a Neuroglow provider to see if either of these treatments is right for you. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how ketamine or TMS could help you achieve lasting relief from your symptoms.