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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation vs. ECT

    If you’re struggling with a mental health condition, you may be considering different treatment options to help you feel better. Two of the most commonly used treatments are transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). While both treatments can be effective, they differ in their risks, side effects, and outcomes.

    Alfredo Arellano PMHCNS-BC, PA, a mental health professional with over 30 years of experience in mental health services in El Paso, Texas, recommends TMS over ECT due to its safety, effectiveness, and ease of use. At Alfredo Arellano Psychiatry and TMS clinic, we offer TMS treatment for depression and other mental health conditions at our two locations in El Paso, Texas.

    ECT has been used for decades to treat depression and other mental health conditions, but it is known to have serious side effects, including memory loss, confusion, and physical injury. ECT also requires general anesthesia, which can be risky for some patients. In contrast, TMS is a non-invasive treatment that does not require general anesthesia and has little to no risks or side effects.

    During a TMS session, patients sit comfortably while a magnetic coil is placed over their scalp. The coil sends magnetic pulses to the targeted area of the brain, stimulating nerve cells and promoting the release of neurotransmitters that regulate mood. Patients may feel a tapping sensation during the treatment, but it is typically not painful.

    TMS is administered over several weeks, with each session lasting between 20 and 60 minutes. Many patients report feeling little to no discomfort during the treatment process. In contrast, ECT requires several sessions of electric shocks to the brain, which can be a traumatic experience for some patients.

    Studies have shown that TMS is an effective treatment option for depression and other mental health conditions. Patients who undergo TMS treatment report significant improvements in mood, with many experiencing complete remission of their symptoms. Additionally, TMS does not cause seizures, which can be harmful to some patients.

    At Alfredo Arellano Psychiatry and TMS clinic, we are committed to providing safe and effective mental health treatments to our patients. With our years of experience and expertise in the field, we believe that TMS is the clear choice for patients looking for a safe and effective treatment option for depression and other mental health conditions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how TMS can help you feel better.