TMS Depression Therapy
Drug-Free Treatment for Depression
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy involves small magnetic pulses delivered to certain areas of the brain involved in mood control and depression. TMS is more successful than any drug used to treat depression today. It is as safe as an MRI. TMS is also safe for pregnant women or women wanting to get pregnant or who are breastfeeding.
TMS has a lower side effects profile than traditional drugs treating depression on the market today. Depression drugs are safe but can cause sleep disturbances, weight gain and/or sexual dysfunction.
Frequently Asked Questions
First a screening for the type of the depression will take place by a psychologist or psychiatrist to document the depression. In the first session we will identify locate the specific area of the brain that responds to the TMS therapy. Once we identify the specific area of your brain you will be given a treatment regimen that includes 18 minutes of daily stimulation, for five days, for six weeks. In the first few treatments you may experience minor discomfort due to the magnet in the coil inducing small electric pulses to the treatment area, this discomfort will subside by the fifth treatment. You will wear ear phones as the machine is rather loud.
If your psychiatrist or psychologist has diagnosed you with Major Depression or Anxiety, you have tried and failed two to four medication trials, if you have not benefited from standard treatment or simply could not tolerate these interventions, or if you haven’t had any significant reduction in depressive symptoms following pharmacotherapy you are a candidate for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. You are also welcome to take a brief evaluation questionnaire to offer you additional hindsight information on your journey to recovery.
We accept many Insurances which policies cover TMS Treatments. We are an “in-network” provider for most major insurances and if we are “not in- network” with your insurance then let us help mitigate your coverage with your insurance company.
Yes, maintaining psychotherapy treatment is necessary for your recovery. TMS therapy is to be utilized in conjunction with your current treatment plan established with your psychiatrist/psychologist.