What is TMS?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a safe, non-invasive treatment, cleared by the FDA, to help treat depression in patients who have not found relief with standard treatments.
TMS works by using short, magnetic impulses to stimulate underactive nerve cells in brain regions known to regulate mood, helping to reset brain chemistry.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is TMS?
TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and is a safe, non-invasive treatment, cleared by the FDA, to help patients with treatment-resistant depression.
TMS works by using short, magnetic impulses to stimulate underactive verve cells in brain regions known to regulate mood, helping to reset brain chemistry.
Is TMS safe?
Yes, treatment is safe, FDA-cleared, and non-invasive. TMS takes place in our comfortable offices, does not require anesthesia, and you can resume normal activities immediately.
Is TMS painful?
For most patients, TMS does not hurt. Once the machine is operating, you may hear clicking sounds and feel tapping sensations on your forehead.
Am I a good candidate for TMS?
To qualify for TMS you must meet these 3 criteria:
- Have any Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) without psychotic features
- Tried and failed at least two antidepressants
- Have history of evidence-based psychotherapy (doesn’t have to be current)
What should I expect during TMS ?
To undergo TMS, you will first receive a consultation with our patient navigator to determine your specific needs. If you are qualified as a candidate, you will proceed to a clinical evaluation before starting treatment, which consists of 36 sessions, 20-40 min per session.
Is TMS right for me?
TMS can be a helpful form of supplementary therapy if you have not found relief from other treatments. However, TMS should not be used, if you have:
- A history of seizures
- Any metal implants in or near your head
- Any electronic devices in your head or body (such as a pacemaker)
- Been diagnosed with bipolar disorder
- Experienced any psychosis or neurological conditions
- Active suicidal ideations
- Current alcohol or drug abuse
Are there side effects with TMS?
While side effects are possible, most are mild and should diminish after each session. These may include:
- Discomfort near treatment area
- Tingling, spasms, or twitching of facial muscles
How will I know that TMS is working?
If TMS works for you, you will see your symptoms improve or even go away completely. This may take a few weeks into or after treatment.
Does TMS treat anything other than depression?
Yes, TMS can also help with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and smoking addiction. Currently, only select locations offer to treat these conditions.
Do all locations offer TMS?
Currently, TMS is offered in California and North Carolina. Call 855-501-1004 with questions.
Does insurance cover TMS?
Yes, TMS is covered by most insurances and varies by state. Call 855-501-1004 with questions.
Where can I find more information about TMS?
Call 855-501-1004 with your questions or visit “Resources” below.
How can I get started with TMS?
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