TMS changes lives by drastically relieving or removing treatment-resistant depression. While these powerful treatments bring a sense of relief on their own, there are several things you can do to help get the most out of TMS. Here are some tips to optimize results:
Take Care of Yourself
Many patients begin to see results within the first few weeks of using TMS, and when that happens, it may be a good time to try and live a healthier life. Healthy living can mean a variety of things to different people, but eating nutritious food and staying active relieves stress and has a big impact on your mental state.
Keep Taking Prescribed Medications
Abruptly ending or missing medication doses may impact the benefits of TMS and even cause adverse symptoms. Please speak to your doctor before stopping any medication.
Engage in Therapy Services
Even though a lot of individuals turn to TMS when traditional methods don’t work, it does not mean talk therapy will never help. When combining therapy with TMS treatments, you increase your ability to be more active during sessions. Once you feel TMS working, you may realize you are ready to change behaviors, learn from past experiences, and look at negative thought patterns. Along with TMS, Relief Mental Health offers therapy services that outline measurable goals to achieve real results. Together, we’ll ask and answer questions like: What will make a difference for you? When things get better, how will you know? What signs determine if you’re making progress?
Stay on Schedule
Do your best to attend every treatment and schedule in advance during times that you know work best for you. Remember, the brain learns best with consistent repetition. Relief offices are open during the evening and on weekends to accommodate you.
Get Some Sleep
Sleep helps us function and heal, and sleep cycles are there to help input and process emotional information. Lack of sleep can worsen depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses, so pay attention to your bedtime habits. Set a bedtime and stick to it, put your phone away before bed, and create the right environment for sleeping. Not everyone can fall asleep the same way. For instance, if you need noise to fall asleep, invest in a sound machine. Or, if you need complete darkness, consider getting blackout curtains.
Be Patient With Yourself
Everyone feels the benefits of TMS at different times. The people in your life will often notice the changes before you do, so check in with them to see your improvement from their perspective.
If you suffer from depression and want to learn more about how TMS can help you, contact Relief Mental Health. We’ll help design a treatment plan that gets you to a better place. Call us at 630-974-6602 or reach out via the form below to learn more.
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