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.

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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.

Ready to find out more?

Click on the button to see a video from Neurostar to learn more about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for the treatment of depression.

See the following testimonial from Nanette:

“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.”

Nanette

Call Us Now to Arrange a Free Consultation

Call us to find out how we can use our 30 years of experience to help you feel your best.

Contact our TMS Coordinator, Chelsea Howard, to arrange a free consultation to determine if TMS is right for you.

Chelsea Howard, TMS Coordinator

619-795-3009

chelsea@brucehubbardmd.com