What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?
TMS is an innovative therapy that can help people who struggle with major depressive disorder, even after taking antidepressant medication. It helps activate the natural function of the brain’s neurotransmitters using a non-invasive magnetic field.
Given in an office setting without anesthesia, treatments last about 30 minutes and are usually given 5 days a week for four to six weeks. Magnetic pulses, generated by a treatment coil, are used to stimulate specific mood centers of the brain.
Because TMS is a non-drug treatment, people don’t experience side effects like those associated with antidepressant medications.
TMS is a breakthrough in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, because it offers a real potential for long-term remission of symptoms. As you can see in the chart to the right, with standard drug therapy, long-term remission becomes less likely with each prescription medication treatment attempt. As antidepressant medication increases, so can side effects and the potential for treatment failure.
TMS uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what is used in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine. While the patient is awake and alert, NeuroStar TMS Therapy stimulates areas of the brain that are underactive in depression.
Precisely targeted TMS makes long-term remission possible, without the side-effects and decreasing effectiveness of drug therapies.
Is TMS Safe?
TMS therapy is well tolerated and has been proven to be safe in clinical trials. The most commonly reported side effect related to treatment were scalp pain or discomfort during treatment sessions. These side effects were generally mild to moderate, and occurred less frequently after the first week of treatment.
What is the Typical Course of TMS Treatment?
Patients will typically receive TMS 5 times per week for 37 minute sessions, over 4-6 weeks.
Patients treated with TMS should receive treatment for a minimum of four weeks with additional treatments based on clinical judgment. Length of treatment varies from person to person.
Will My Insurance Cover TMS?
Several major insurance carriers currently cover TMS. Several factors go into whether treatment will be covered. In some cases, your insurance may pre-authorize treatment. Otherwise, attempts will be made for reimbursement for treatments already received. Our TMS Coordinator will be able to assist in determining insurance coverage, and request prior or retro-authorization.
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See the following testimonials:
“I noticed immediately an improvement and so did the people around me. That heavy weight of depression was lifted and I felt good. I’m happier than I’ve been in years. The medicines weren’t working so I got proactive and tried this. I’m so patient with my husband now. I don’t have that anger anymore. I laugh every day many times and that’s really new. I’ve never been to a place with so much empathy and compassion. I felt I could let down and show it all. The staff here is deeply invested in their patients. What I experience now is positivity. I guess that’s the right word. My husband is so happy with the results. I didn’t smile for so long. I don’t have the moodiness. There are so many depressed people in the world that this will help. If anyone wants to email me or talk with me I’d be happy to talk with them.”
Everybody here is so nice, so warm and caring. Every single person in this office. Since the tms I’m moving around more. I’m less fatigued. It woke my brain up. I feel lighter; the fatigue has lifted. I have energy to move. I used to chill on the couch for hours. I felt I was always tired. After being up for two hours I would have to lay down. It’s easier to get things done. I just do things. I’m alive again. Hanging out with my daughter isn’t a chore. I’m getting along better with my boyfriend. It’s not a chore to pick up the house. Now I’m cooking again. It doesn’t affect my sleep one way or another. My back pain is better and it’s less draining. It feels easier to get things done. I’m going to be going back to work soon. I’m more efficient. My memory is better. It takes less time to get things done because I’m more focused.
Now that I’m awake again I think things through. Now I know what behaviors kept me depressed. I’m more aware. Now I can see what I do that works against me. I’ve started cutting out sugar. I went and bought a behavior chart for my daughter. A Star Chart with tokens. It’s helping her. I’d wanted to do this for a long time. I just couldn’t.
My boyfriend notices the difference and it makes him try harder. I can see my behavior now. I realize now I was sometimes being rude. He sees me trying and he tries harder too. So we’re getting along better.
I’m not in a black hole of despair anymore.
For a long time I was afraid of this. I had ECT about 15 years ago with a different psychiatrist and it was not a good experience for me. But I trust Doctor Hubbard and he recommended that I consider TMS. I feel I’m an educated consumer. I can’t say enough about the nurturing, healing environment in this office. It’s so welcoming, so peaceful. It’s the perfect environment to do this.
I wasn’t feeling anything different until about 3 ½ weeks. I can’t really explain it except to say I felt brighter around the edges. I started to feel I had a personality again—I’m still in here! I feel like I’ve woken out of a 25 year coma.
I don’t dread getting out of bed. I’m still not a morning person. My first thought when I would wake up was, ‘I hate the morning!’ Now my first thought is, ‘I can handle this!’ I’m more self-confident, calmer, clearer cognitively. I feel more open. My partner has definitely noticed the difference. I have wanted to go to school for a long time. Now maybe I will. I’m very grateful. –
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Chelsea Howard, TMS Coordinator