TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It is a safe, non-invasive, non-medication treatment for clinical depression.
TMS treatment is used on people with Major Depressive Disorder, who have tried medications without success or may want a treatment without side effects.
The patient sits in a comfortable chair while the TMS coil is properly set in place on their head. Then, magnetic pulses are sent to the area of the brain responsible for mood. You can watch TV during treatment, listen to music, or talk with our staff.
Yes. TMS therapy was cleared by the FDA in 2008 for depression.
A few patients have slight headaches during the first few treatments, but these generally go away within the first week of treatment. You’ll be able to drive and go back to your regular activities after treatment. In fact, some people experience more energy after each session.
Each treatment lasts about 20-30 minutes. The full course of treatment will generally be five days a week for 4-6 weeks.
Take our “Do I have depression?” quiz on our website. And talk to your doctor.
Anxiety is sometimes treated with TMS, along with migraines and OCD. There is evidence that TMS may help for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, certain types of chronic pain, smoking cessation, PTSD, and autism in adults. There is also evidence TMS may help in recovery from stroke. There is evidence that it may help in mild dementia and certain other neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis may benefit as well.
TMS works differently than medications and doesn’t affect the whole body and has very minor side effects. It doesn’t circulate through the bloodstream like antidepressants. For some, antidepressants do not give them the relief they want, and TMS has been found to be a solution for those people.
Both treatments help, but TMS doesn’t require anesthesia and does not cause memory loss. TMS uses safe, non-invasive magnetic pulses.
Patients tend to stay on medications during TMS treatment. Following the treatment, your doctor can help you determine any needed medications moving forward.
You’ll be able to drive and go back to your regular activities after treatment. In fact, some people experience more energy after each session.
Yes! Most major insurances cover TMS, and we’ll work directly with your insurance provider on your behalf to help you get covered.
About half of all patients treated with TMS have a 50% decrease in their symptoms and about a third of patients go into remission with no symptoms of depression.