TMS for Teens

TMS for Teens

Thursday, March 28th, 2024

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TMS for Teens

Thursday, March 28th, 2024

TMS for Teens

transcranial magnetic stimulation for teens

Finding effective, innovative solutions has never been more critical in the face of escalating rates of teen depression and related issues. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is one such promising avenue. This non-invasive procedure offers hope for adolescents battling treatment-resistant mental health challenges.

How Does Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Work?

TMS uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, targeting the areas involved in mood regulation, emotional control and the experience of pleasure. The goal is to correct the electrical activity imbalances believed to contribute to depression and other mental health concerns.

A TMS session is a blend of science and simplicity. People sit comfortably beneath or beside the therapeutic magnet, equipped with hearing protection to mute the device’s clicks. As the procedure begins, a tapping sensation emerges, a sign that the magnet is engaging the brain’s neural network. Twitching, especially in the thumbs, indicates pulse strength for optimal therapeutic effect. Remarkably, after these sessions, there’s no downtime – teens can jump back into their daily routines immediately.

Why TMS Holds Promise for Teens

Marking a significant advancement in depression treatment for younger populations, NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is the first and only transcranial magnetic stimulation device to receive FDA clearance for people aged 15 to 21. This approval underscores the treatment’s safety profile and potential efficacy in addressing the unique challenges of teen depression.

Adolescence is a challenging time fraught with emotional, physical and psychological transformations. For some young people, mental health disorders complicate these already turbulent years. While traditional interventions like medication and psychotherapy can be beneficial for many people, they don’t always yield the desired relief for everyone. TMS offers an alternative pathway for teens whose symptoms persist despite conventional treatments.

  • Non-invasive: No surgery or anesthesia are necessary, making it a less intimidating option for younger clients.
  • Minimal side effects: The treatment is well-tolerated, with most experiencing mild to no side effects.
  • No downtime: Teens can return to school, hobbies and social activities immediately after a session, ensuring minimal disruption to their daily lives.
  • Targeted treatment: Transcranial magnetic stimulation offers a targeted approach to symptom relief by focusing on specific brain regions associated with depression.

Treating Teen Depression With TMS at Pine Grove

At Pine Grove, we use innovative treatments like TMS to support our adolescent patients in their battles against depression. We have tailored a treatment program for the unique challenges of children and young adults. Our professional staff includes two board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, a clinical therapist, expressive therapists, nurses and counselors.

Though adolescent mental illness can feel like an insurmountable challenge, TMS is a promising treatment that makes the path to recovery clearer for those in need. At Pine Grove, we’re here to guide you and your teen through every step, armed with compassion, understanding and the latest in depression treatment technology. Our admissions team is here 24/7 to take your call and answer your questions.