Are you a candidate for TMS?

December 4, 2019

In recent years, there have been studies pointing out the benefits of TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation. 

What is TMS?

TMS is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate certain nerve cells in the brain. It is theorized that by doing so, symptoms of depression and other mental health issues will improve.

The exact mechanism as to how it works is still unclear but studies revealed a significant improvement in those who underwent TMS, especially for those with depression.

Is it for everyone?

You are most likely to benefit from TMS if you:

  • Have a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder
  • Are not experiencing any progress with antidepressants (most people who have tried TMS failed 2-4 rounds of medication trials)
  • Are not satisfied with the results you get from your medications
  • Cannot tolerate the side effects of your medications
  • Have conditions that limit your ability to take medications
  • Have depression and/or anxiety that interfere with your day-to-day life

 
TMS is not for you if:

  • You have metallic implanted devices (metallic fillings in the teeth are not included)
  • You have implants controlled by physiologic signals (e.g. pacemakers, vagus nerve stimulators, implantable cardioverter defibrillator)
  • You have serious neurologic issues such as seizure and/or have a history of serious head injury

NeurOasis TMS

Many of our patients at NeurOasis TMS experience significant improvement in their depression symptoms after 4 to 6 weeks of treatment.

Our staff and providers are well-trained to administer magnetic stimulation in the easiest and most comfortable way possible.

If you are unsure if TMS is right for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be happy to discuss this with you. 

 

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation/about/pac-20384625

https://www.med.unc.edu/psych/patient-care/adult/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-tms-therapy/candidates-for-tms-therapy/