Clinical TMS Information
Numerous clinical studies have found transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy to be:
- An effective treatment for depressive symptoms, even severe depression
- An effective treatment for symptoms of anxiety disorders, OCD, and PTSD
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved TMS for the treatment of depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
The treatment is currently used at some of the most trusted and respected hospitals, clinics, and universities in North America.
All major health insurance companies cover TMS therapy. Learn more about insurance coverage here.
TMS proves to be an effective therapy for major depression in this multisite observational report
Open-label, evidence-based analysis finds TMS to be an effective and long-lasting depression treatment.
Study determines TMS therapy is effective, safe, and free of major side effects.
Study shows that high doses of rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation) is safe and can produce rapid reductions in suicidality.
Top Hospitals and Universities Using TMS Therapy
TMS therapy: are you covered?
Dr. Terry Hanusa, MD
TMS in Practice: A Physician's Perspective
The FDA approved transcranial magnetic stimulation in 2008. It’s now being used in doctors’ offices, world-class hospitals, and leading universities. The treatment is even covered by most insurance, including Medicare.
Cumulative Benefits Without Harmful Side Effects
Our office has been using TMS therapy since August 2010 and has treated over 650 individual patients—approximately 20,000 treatments. While the learning process is continuous and constant, we’ve found that one variable of TMS therapy that remains the same is that the total exposure of treatments is cumulative. In other words, the more treatments a patient has, the more robust their response.
TMS is found to be more effective than any singular antidepressant. It’s non-systemic, which means it avoids the common side effects caused by anti-depressants, making it an ideal treatment for depression and anxiety. Patients no longer need to struggle with symptoms such as weight gain, dry mouth, sexual dysfunction, and gastrointestinal issues, leading to a much easier road to recovery.
A Quick and Stress-Free Outpatient Experience
As for the treatment process, patients come in three to five times a week for about four to six weeks. We typically recommend approximately 30 treatments in total.
You can come in alone or with a relative. You’ll sit in a relaxed position during the actual treatment, which lasts 18 to 19 minutes. Afterwards, you’re safe to drive yourself home.
We have a wide range of ages among our patients, all of which find the treatment very easy to tolerate and complete. Younger patients tend to respond particularly well.
Two Out of Three Patients Experience Remission
From a statistical viewpoint, we have a remission rate of two out of every three patients. Overall, TMS therapy has shown an incredibly high degree of promise, especially when compared to other treatments. The treatment itself is being studied and developed further to see if there is a possibility of treating other diagnoses and is already showing great success in off-label trials.
Hope starts here. Find out if TMS is right for you.
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