Deep TMS therapy is becoming one of the best tools to help people who are living with the effects of treatment-resistant depression, smoking cessation, and OCD. Its non-invasive approach with no recovery and downtime is very appealing to people who have used other treatments with little to no success. But, many who are considering deep TMS may not know what to expect when it comes to what to do after treatments and furthermore, what to do to improve the chances of a successful outcome from TMS.
Some things that patients can do to improve the outcomes of their TMS sessions and ensure that mental well-being is sustained after sessions can include:
Take Steps to Manage Your Stress
Stress plays a big part in how you’re feeling and when you’re overstressed, symptoms of mental health issues can worsen. Furthermore, before TMS sessions, it can help you to be comfortable and feel confident, which means managing how much stress you have to deal with. So, it can be helpful between sessions to manage stress so that your sessions go smoothly. Some things you can do to manage stress may include getting enough sleep, so make an effort to go to bed and wake up on a schedule. You can also help to manage stress by preparing things in advance, like the clothes you’ll wear to work, what you’ll eat for lunch, and the things you’ll mark off your to-do list for the upcoming day. When you are more prepared, you will be less overwhelmed and stressed.
Have a Plan of Attack for Triggers
If you struggle with depression or anxiety, you likely know what triggers the symptoms of these conditions and make you feel worse. Certainly, after TMS sessions, you want to work to experience the benefits, and helping to reduce symptoms of mental health conditions can help you experience these benefits even more. So, one way to do this is to identify the triggers that can make your mental health issues worsen and have a plan of attack for when you come into contact with these triggers. For example, if you know that a toxic relationship in your life makes your depressive symptoms worsen, take steps to avoid this person. For example, blocking them on social media platforms and on your phone. And, using healthy coping mechanisms if you happen to see them or hear about them from a third party.
Continue With Other Types of Treatment
Oftentimes, when people see help through TMS therapy, they are also using other forms of treatment. But, TMS therapy shouldn’t replace these types of treatment. Rather, they should be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment. So, if you are already in therapy or taking medications for mental health issues, do not stop these treatments unless directly told to do so by your mental health specialist or primary care physician.
Deep TMS Therapy at Synchrony Brain Health
Wonder if deep TMS therapy is right for you? Synchrony Brain Health offers TMS therapy for people who qualify for this type of treatment on an outpatient basis. Find out more about what to expect from TMS, if you’re a good candidate for TMS, and how to get started with TMS sessions by reaching out to our specialists today.