We know you probably have one or two questions about TMS therapy. Let us help!
- What is TMS?
- What is the typical course of treatment?
- Is TMS therapy safe?
- What are the side effects of TMS?
- Am I a good candidate for TMS?
- What is the difference between TMS and ECT?
- Does TMS cause memory loss?
- Does TMS cause brain tumors?
- How long do TMS treatment results last?
- What happens if I need more treatments?
- Can I take antidepressant medication while receiving TMS?
- How soon will I be able to come off medications?
- I have anxiety, OCD, PTSD, or tinnitus. Will TMS help this too?
- Will my insurance cover TMS therapy?
- How old does my child have to be to receive treatment?
1. What is TMS?TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) uses a targeted magnetic field to stimulate areas of the brain that control mood and are thought to be under-active in people with depression. During a treatment session, our technician will gently place an insulated magnetic coil on your forehead over the area of the brain believed to be under-active. The coil emits brief magnetic pulses that stimulate cortical neurons in this area to help them return to normal function over the course of treatment and effectively treat your depressive illness.
2. What is the typical course of treatment?TMS therapy is an in-office treatment that takes 20 minutes and is performed while you sit in a chair. It's administered five days a week, for four to up to six weeks. During each session, you'll recline comfortably in the treatment chair, awake and alert, while the TMS device delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of your brain. There is a TV available with on-demand services if you would like to watch your favorite show while receiving treatment. You'll be able to resume normal activities immediately after each session.
3. Is TMS therapy safe?Clinical trials of 10,000 treatments proved the safety of TMS therapy in treating patients who have had an inadequate response to prior antidepressant medications. Since receiving FDA approval in 2008, over 2,150,000 TMS treatments have been performed safely with minimal side effects.
4. What are the side effects of TMS?TMS therapy is free from the side effects often felt with medications. The most common side effect of TMS therapy is pain or discomfort around the treatment area, which usually goes away within a week. Compare depression treatment side effects
5. Am I a good candidate for TMS?You are a good candidate for TMS if you:
- Have been identified with depression and have not benefited from prior medication
- Have had side effects from antidepressant medications
- Are searching for a medication-free depression solution
- Want the safety of an FDA-cleared depression solution
- Want to get help