Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS)

Mainly used for depression, TMS therapy is an effective treatment for patients who do not respond to antidepressant medication and psychotherapy. Additionally, it can be used to treat neurological and mental health disorders such as anxiety and OCD.

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How It Works

TMS is a highly-effective therapy, first approved by the FDA in 2008 to treat depression. Research has identified specific circuits of the brain that are typically not functioning as they ideally should in patients with depression (and other conditions). In a manner of speaking, TMS can provide a gentle “reboot” to these circuits.

TMS does not require invasive intervention — instead, it uses a powerful magnetic field to stimulate the targeted areas. While mild/temporary side effects (such as pain in the scalp while treatment is being applied) can occur, it is generally considered one of the safest therapies available.