What is TMS therapy?
“TMS stimulation increases production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine in depressed individuals.”
Transcranial magnetic stimulation, otherwise known as TMS, is used to treat symptoms of chronic and/or treatment-resistant depression. It does so by targeting specific mood centers of the brain closely associated with depression, with magnetic pulses similar to those generated by an MRI machine.
During a TMS session, a small wand containing an electromagnetic coil is placed over the scalp of the patient toward the front of the head. This electromagnet delivers short, rapid pulses to nerve cells in the patient’s brain with the goal of reducing symptoms of depression and increasing their quality of mood. TMS stimulation increases production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine in depressed individuals that underproduce these critical mood regulators without intervention.
What are TMS sessions like?
During TMS sessions, you will be asked to relax in a comfortable reclining chair. The wand-shaped TMS device will then be gently placed on your scalp near the front of the head, targeting the prefrontal cortex with stimulation via magnetic pulses. You will feel a gentle tapping sensation on the targeted areas that is generally painless. The patient may feel minor pain at the treatment site, but this is manageable with OTC pain medication and typically lessens or goes away after the first week of treatment.
Does insurance cover TMS therapy?
What are the side effects/risks?
TMS generally has far less side effects than commonly prescribed antidepressant medications. Less than 5% of patients discontinue TMS treatment as a result of intolerable side effects. The most common side effects include mild pain or muscles twitching during a TMS session. (It’s rare for either to occur except during active stimulation.)
Is TMS right for me?
If you have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and haven’t been satisfied with the results of prescribed antidepressant medication, or have been unable to tolerate the side effects commonly associated with these medications, you may be a candidate for TMS therapy. TMS is also suitable for individuals that cannot take antidepressant medication for medical reasons.
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Why is TMS therapy so popular?
- TMS has fewer side effects than most prescription medications used to treat depression. Patients that do experience side effects with TMS find them to be less severe than side effects associated with antidepressant medications, and these side effects typically resolve early on in treatment.
- Because the FDA approves TMS therapy, it is covered under Medicare and most major health insurance companies. This makes TMS therapy an affordable option for depression treatment depending on your deductible, co-pay, and co-insurance.
- TMS is non-invasive, and patients are able to resume their daily activities immediately following treatment.
- A TMS treatment course only takes around 4-6 weeks, which is often preferable to being on medication year-round.
Scheduling And Cancellation Policy
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