Have questions about TMS Therapy?

Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about how this treatment works. If you would like to learn more about whether TMS Therapy may be right for you, do not hesitate to contact us today.

While often misunderstood, major depression (Major Depressive Disorder), is a common and serious condition affecting a sizeable amount of the U.S. population. Around 16.1 million Americans are currently affected by the illness, which is characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiousness that make everyday life activities challenging.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms associated with Major Depressive Disorder may include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease with treatment

TMS Therapy is a treatment for patients who are not satisfied with the results of other standard therapy. This novel treatment option provides benefits without the side effects often associated with medications.

This in-office treatment uses short, targeted magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain that are commonly inactive or overactive.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation works much like an MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging. Short pulses are delivered to the area of the brain which is inactive, a common occurrence among those living with depression.

During the procedure, the patient reclines in the treatment chair. One of our physicians places a small curved device containing a magnetic coil on the head. This device delivers to precise magnetic pulses to specific areas of the brain.

Patients who are unsatisfied with their current treatments, have experienced unwanted side effects, or who are looking for a non-drug alternative, may find transcranial magnetic stimulation as a viable treatment method. TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared safe and effective form of depression treatment and used to treat many other mental and neurological conditions.

TMS Therapy is safe, in-office, outpatient procedure that is comfortably completed less than an hour, over the course weeks. There are very little side effects to the procedure, with some patients experiencing slight discomfort at the treatment site. It is free the side effects typically associated with medications.

Patients who undergo TMS Therapy are able to continue their daily activities immediately after the procedure. Other benefits include no residual effects on alertness or cognition.

If standard medication and treatments have not made a difference in your health, TMS Therapy may help reduce your symptoms. Patients who seek TMS Therapy may agree with the following:

  • Symptoms interfere with daily life
  • Have experienced unpleasant side effects from standard medication
  • Seeking a non-drug treatment for depression
  • Unsatisfied with current or past medication
  • Looking for a proven alternative to a healthier life

Patients who undergo TMS treatment can expect very few side effects. Some patients may experience discomfort or pain at the site of treatment following their first week of treatment. However, this mild-to-moderate pain or discomfort is temporary.

When undergoing TMS Therapy, patients remain awake and alert, and are able to return to their daily activities (including driving) following treatment. In most cases, patients saw an improvement in symptoms four to six weeks after treatment, or experienced no symptoms.

TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment for depression and is used in the treatment of many other mental and neurological conditions. More than 25,000 patients have seen success from treatment with TMS Therapy. This modern treatment is not a drug, meaning it is free from common side effects associated with standard antidepressant medications such as:

  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Impotence
  • Decreased libido
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Increased weight
  • Increased appetite
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache/migraine
  • Sweating
  • Tremor
  • Treatment discontinuation effects

Some patients may experience temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site after their first week of treatment. When undergoing TMS Therapy, less than five percent of patients experienced:

  • Eye pain
  • Toothache
  • Muscle twitch
  • Facial pain
  • Pain of the skin