Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and ketamine are two alternative treatments for a range of mental health conditions. But which is more effective, TMS or ketamine?
Ketamine therapy involves taking a sub-anesthetic dose of ketamine in a clinical, supervised setting.
What Is Ketamine Therapy?
It is useful for treating conditions such as the following. - Major depressive disorder - Treatment-resistant depression - Suicidality - Post-traumatic stress disorder
When you undergo ketamine therapy, you can have a single infusion or multiple infusions. Many studies on ketamine treatment for depression find good results using a round of six infusions.
What Is TMS Therapy?
TMS therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic energy pulses to stimulate certain areas of the brain.
This is meant to correct abnormalities in those brain areas affected in cases of the below. - Major depressive disorder - Treatment-resistant depression - Anxiety - PTSD
The treatment comes in the form of single-pulse TMS, which delivers a very brief magnetic pulse, or repetitive TMS (rTMS), in which magnetic impulses are delivered at regular intervals.
As with ketamine, many people opt for TMS therapy when other treatments fail. Many people also have multiple sessions with TMS as a way to increase the efficacy of the treatment.