YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mercy Health announced Monday a new tool they are using to battle severe depression for patients.
The Youngstown Behavioral Health team is now using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
TMS is a treatment used in patients who have tried traditional therapies to manage symptoms related to depression.
TMS treatments consist of electrical pulses that focus on specific neurons identified by a provider.
Health care professionals urge patients to talk to their doctor to find out if this therapy is right for them.
The therapy is an outpatient, non-invasive procedure that focuses on electrical pulses, which causes stimulation to neurons to restore the balance of chemicals. It is the first FDA-approved treatment for depression that does not require surgery or medication.