TMS Therapy for Depression

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Treat Your Depression with TMS

Therapy and counseling are critical for a patient to make long-term progress in recovery from chronic depression. However, some states of depression can be so severe that patients have a difficult time participating in their therapy without a little boost. While antidepressants are the typical solution to this problem, they are not always effective and some patients have an aversion to taking them. When this is the case, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy may be the solution.

  • TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to those produced by an MRI machine.
  • TMS Therapy helps activate the natural function of the brain’s neurotransmitters,  making long-term remission from depression possible.
  • TMS Therapy is easy, sessions are conducted in your doctor’s office and you can return to normal activities right away.
  • TMS Therapy  is FDA Cleared, Non Drug, Non Invasive and is Covered by Most Insurance
  • TMS is Not ECT (electroconvulsive therapy).

TMS may be right for you if you agree with two or more:

  • Depression symptoms have interfered with my daily life.
  • I am not satisfied with the results I get from depression medication.
  • I have had or worry about side effects from depression medications.
  • I have switched medications for depression due to side effects.
  • I am interested in a proven, non-drug therapy for depression.

While depression medications work for many people, some people still do not feel relief. For hard to treat depression where medication is not giving you adequate relief,  TMS is a proven, safe depression treatment option.

Patients undergo TMS at our offices in an outpatient treatment session that lasts approximately 20-40 minutes. They are awake throughout the session and are able to return to their regular activities directly afterward. Patients typically receive a series of TMS treatments over a period of several weeks or months.

  • You will lie down in a reclining chair
  • A device containing an electromagnetic coil will be placed close to your head
  • Electromagnetic waves will be released from the device to stimulate brain areas that regulate mood
  • TMS does not require incisions, injections, or anesthesia, so you will be awake for the entire procedure
  • A typical session lasts between 20 minutes to an hour and should be repeated five days a week for 4 to 6 weeks

TMS is an extremely safe procedure and does not carry the negative side effects of many medications used to treat depression. Approximately half of all patients experience significant improvement in their symptoms. Unlike medication, TMS also provides enduring relief from depressive symptoms, even one year after receiving treatment.

Many commercial and Medicare plans have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS Therapy and now cover TMS as part of their plans. TMS Therapy is widely reimbursed by most commercial and government health plans, including Medicare. 

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