What is TMS?
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.
Watch this short video to learn more about TMS.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is TMS?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe, non-invasive treatment used to treat depression and other conditions in patients who have not found relief with standard treatments. Cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), TMS uses short, magnetic pulses to stimulate underactive nerve cells in brain regions known to regulate mood. TMS is an outpatient procedure that does not require anesthesia. Patients can drive after their appointment and return to their daily routine.
What is TMS used to treat?
TMS is FDA-cleared to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and nicotine dependence. All Mindpath Health TMS locations use TMS to treat depression. Only select North Carolina locations use TMS to treat OCD and nicotine dependence.
How successful is TMS?
In 2021, 71% of Mindpath Health patients who completed TMS treatment reported experiencing at least a 50% improvement in their depression symptoms. Approximately 60% of patients reported experiencing remission of depression symptoms.1
1. Mindpath Health. (2021, Jan.-Dec.) Internal data, 204 TMS patients. Clinical outcomes may vary by patient characteristics, treatment, and other factors.
What does TMS feel like?
Patients may hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation around the area of their scalp being treated. Patients may read a book or watch videos during the session. Some describe the experience as uncomfortable.
Are there any side effects?
Most patients experience minimal to no side effects. Possible side effects include:
- Discomfort around treatment area
- Tingling or twitching of facial muscles
Is there an age requirement?
Yes, you must be 18 years or older.
Am I a candidate for TMS?
You may qualify for TMS if you have:
- Been diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or nicotine dependence
- Tried at least two antidepressants without success
- Received evidence-based therapy within the last five years
Who should not receive TMS?
Patients with the following conditions should talk with their doctor before seeking TMS treatment:
- Actively suicidal
- History of seizures
- Alcohol- or drug-use disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Stimulator or pacemaker implants
- Implants, especially metal, in or near the head (such as cochlear devices)
Where does Mindpath Health offer TMS?
What TMS machines does Mindpath Health use?
Our clinical team currently use BrainsWay, Magstim, and NeuroStar TMS devices. Machine types vary by location and may change.
How do I begin?
You’ve already taken the first step by learning more about TMS! To see if you qualify for treatment, call a Mindpath Health TMS patient navigator in your state.
If you qualify, a TMS patient navigator will schedule a consultation to determine your needs and review your insurance coverage. After that, a TMS-certified medical doctor will conduct a clinical evaluation to determine whether TMS is medically appropriate for you. They will also answer any questions you may have about the treatment process.
How long is treatment?
TMS treatments are conducted over a six-week period. Patients receive 20- to 30-minute sessions five days a week. Tapering sessions may be scheduled after the six weeks of treatment.
Do I need a referral?
Referrals are not required in order to be evaluated for TMS treatment with Mindpath Health.
What insurances are accepted?
We accept most commercial insurances. The following insurance plans by state do not cover TMS treatment:
- California: Beacon Health Options, Medi-Cal, Medicare
- Florida: Medicaid
- North Carolina: Medicaid
Who is on my TMS team?
Your Mindpath Health care team includes a patient navigator, TMS-certified technicians, and a TMS-certified psychiatrist. They are here to answer any questions and ensure your comfort and safety throughout your TMS treatment.
Your patient navigator will serve as a single point of contact to help you complete paperwork, navigate the insurance process, and answer questions. Your TMS-certified psychiatrist will determine your course of TMS treatment, make any necessary adjustments to the course of treatment and oversee the administration of your TMS treatment generally. Our TMS technicians will administer your daily treatments consistent with your course of treatment as determined by your TMS-certified psychiatrist.
Will my TMS team coordinate with my regular clinician?
We believe close collaboration with your clinician greatly increases the effectiveness of TMS treatment. Our team will communicate with your clinician about your progress and work with them to develop and refine treatment plans.
What do other patients say about getting TMS treatment?
- “Having that [Mindpath Health] team behind you just makes it all possible.”
- “I feel like nothing can restrict me at this point. And that level of freedom is something that I didn’t know I could feel.”
- “When I look at how TMS has impacted my life, honestly, it has saved my life.”
- “I feel like I’m in a whole new world.”