Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Depression
Did you know antidepressants are not the only treatment option?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive, non-medication therapy cleared by the FDA to help treat depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and smoking addiction in patients who have not found relief with standard treatments.
If you’re finding that your prescribed antidepressants are just not working, know that you’re not alone. According to a study on cases of depression*, nearly 1 out of every 3 depression patients experience treatment-resistant depression (TRD). MindPath Care Centers has been treating patients with medication resistant depression with TMS for over 8 years. After treatment patients have claimed to have more energy, see brighter colors, and feel more in control of their life.
How does TMS work?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses short, magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the parts of the brain believed to be involved in regulating mood and emotions. The TMS system sends rapid pulses, similar in type and strength to those produced by an MRI machine, through a magnetic coil.
The magnetic fields do not directly affect your whole brain; instead, they reach only about 2-3 centimeters into the brain, directly beneath the treatment coil. Moving into the brain, the magnetic pulses produce tiny electrical currents. TMS works by targeting brain networks thought to regulate mood and emotions, improving dysfunctional networks in depression and thereby improving mood.
TMS is safe whether or not you are also receiving oral antidepressant medications. Because depression involves several different factors, including environment and lifestyle, your therapist may recommend you receive talk therapy and other treatment approaches with TMS for optimal efficiency.
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While individual results can vary, MindPath’s TMS treatment remission rates for MDD collectively are significantly higher than that of published studies.
65% of patients went into remission***
83% of patients had greater than 50% improvement in symptoms or fully remitted****
17% of patients had no response
*Between 1/4/2019 to 10/5/2021
** n = 263 total number of patients who completed the protocol for MDD
*** Based on standardized scales QIDS, PHQ9, or Ham-D. If the patient scores at or below the definition of mild in any of these scales, patient is determined to be in remission.
**** Patients are evaluated at the beginning, once per week and at the end of 36 treatments. Our remission statistics are tabulated from the end result after all treatments, although some patients go into remission well before the end of treatment.
Note: Clinical outcomes and expectations are different for each patient and, as a result, one patient’s response may not be indicative of another patient’s response.
What to Expect:
At MindPath Care Centers, we believe that each person has a right to compassionate, thorough, personalized care. To undergo TMS therapy, you will first complete a health assessment to determine your specific needs.
- All TMS sessions happen under supervision in a psychiatrist’s office.
- Most of these sessions will last about 30-45 minutes.
- During a TMS session, you will sit in a comfortable chair and remain alert.
- Once the machine is operating, you may hear clicking sounds and feel tapping sensations on your forehead.
- After each session, you can return to work, driving, and other activities as normal.
For depression treatment with TMS you will be expected to attend daily sessions for 6 weeks followed by 3 weeks of tapering. If TMS works for you, you will experience your depression symptoms improve or even go away completely. While individual results may vary, several patients who have completed TMS treatment at MindPath Care Centers expressed they started feeling better as early as 2 weeks into treatment.
How can I get started with TMS?
To see if TMS is right for you, please complete the form below to find our if you are a candidate. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 877-876-3783 and our intake team will be happy to help.
Many major commercial and Medicare plans now cover TMS therapy for depression. MindPath Care Centers now accepts Medicare, BCBS, United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, and Tricare for TMS treatment. As with other medical treatments, contact your specific insurance provider to confirm whether TMS is covered for you.
Find out if TMS Therapy is right for you.
MindPath Care Centers
6752 Parker Farm Dr, Ste 100
Wilmington, NC 28405
My experiences with Caroll, Dr Book and Kamal were among the very best I’ve ever had within the mental health professional community. The excellent organization of the TMS clinic and the skills demonstrated there were simply excellent. Perhaps even more importantly, each of these individuals demonstrated a level of compassion and willingness to help that I have never had the pleasure of experiencing until now. MindPathCare is extremely fortunate to have these caregivers available to help those of us fortunate enough to connect with them.
Results may vary according to individual.