Over 350 Million people worldwide suffer from depression. It can have an impact in many aspects of your life such as relationships, work, finances, and quality of life. Medication may be used to help manage symptoms of depression, however, medication is not always the correct answer. Medication could have intolerable side effects in addition to not being as effective as you would like.
Is TMS Right for Me?
- Are standard treatments not improving your mood or behavior?
- Has psychotherapy provided little improvement?
- Are you on multiple anti-depressants?
- Are the medications ineffective?
If your answer is yes to any or all of the above, give this treatment a chance.
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What is TMS?
FDA approved in 2008, repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a viable alternative treatment to anti-depressant medications. This non-invasive treatment does not require any anesthesia or any kind of sedative. The patient will be awake for the duration for the treatment. Because none of this requires any medication, the patient can go about their day as usual after treatment. It simply uses targeted magnetic fields in controlled pulses to stimulate specific nerve cells in the region of the brain that is involved in mood control and depression. Regions of the brain become less active while depressed. Providing this magnetic stimulation to those parts affected can reactivate those regions, which will lead to easing depression symptoms and improve mood.
A typical TMS treatment takes between 19 and 37 minutes, 5 days a week for 4-6 weeks.
- Tejinder Saini, MD
- Olayinka Akinwumiju, MD
- Candace Thompson, MD
- Luison Fu, MD
- Troymun Hawthorne, NCMA (TMS Technician)
- Kearstin Clay, BS (TMS Technician)