- 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 the TMS treatment results last?
- Can I take antidepressant medication while receiving TMS?
- Will my insurance cover TMS Therapy?
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 underactive in people with depression. An insulated magnetic coil is placed on the forehead over the area of the brain believed to be underactive in patients suffering from depression. 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 the depressive illness.
What is the typical course of treatment?TMS Therapy is an in-office treatment that takes 18 minutes, is performed while the patient sits in a chair, and is administered five days a week, for up to four to six weeks. During each session the patient reclines comfortably in the treatment chair, awake and alert. The TMS device delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain. There is a TV available with on demand services if you would like to watch your favorite show while receiving treatment. The patient can immediately resume normal activities after each session.
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.
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
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