Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

What is TMS?

TMS is a non-medication therapy cleared by the FDA to help treat depressionobsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and smoking addition in patients who have not found relief with standard treatments. This non-invasive outpatient therapy has helped thousands of people who have not found relief in traditional treatments.

How does TMS work?   

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses short, magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the parts of the brain believed to be involved in regulating mood and emotions. The TMS system sends rapid pulses through a magnetic coil. These magnetic fields are the same type and strength as those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine used in hospitals.

The magnetic fields do not directly affect your whole brain; instead, they reach only about 2-3 centimeters into the brain, directly beneath the treatment coil. Moving into the brain, the magnetic pulses produce tiny electrical currents.

These electrical currents then activate brain cells that are thought to release serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. In many people, mental health conditions may be caused by an imbalance of these chemicals (also called neurotransmitters) in the brain. By restoring the balance of these chemicals, TMS Therapy may help relieve symptoms.

To undergo TMS therapy, you will first receive a health assessment to determine your specific needs. TMS therapy happens under supervision in a psychiatrist’s office. Most of these sessions will last about 30-45 minutes.

The therapist places an electromagnetic coil against your scalp, near your forehead. This helps the magnetic pulse reach the brain’s left prefrontal cortex, which is believed to be involved in complex cognitive behavior, personality, and decision making.

During a TMS session, you will sit in a comfortable chair and remain alert. Once the machine is operating, you may hear clicking sounds and feel tapping sensations on your forehead. After each session, you can return to work, driving, and other activities as normal.

You may start out with daily sessions for 3-6 weeks, then if needed, tapering session for 3 more weeks. After that, you may receive periodic maintenance sessions or other depression treatments, depending on what your provider determines.

If TMS works for you, you will see your symptoms improve or even go away completely. This may take a few weeks of treatment. As TMS technology continues to develop, its effectiveness may further improve in the future.

 

TMS for Depression

Did you know antidepressants are not the only treatment option?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive, non-medication therapy cleared by the FDA to help treat depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and smoking addiction in patients who have not found relief with standard treatments.

If you’re finding that your prescribed antidepressants are just not working, know that you’re not alone. According to a study on cases of depression*, nearly 1 out of every 3 depression patients experience treatment-resistant depression (TRD).


TMS for OCD

Are you, or a loved one, finding your OCD treatment ineffective?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-medication therapy cleared by the FDA to help treat obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and smoking addiction in patients who have not found relief with standard treatments.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental disorder involving repetitive anxiety-inducing thoughts and behaviors, like feeling the need to wash your hands excessively. Usually, OCD is treated with behavioral therapy or medication like SSRIs, an antidepressant that increases levels of serotonin in the brain. While these forms of treatment can be successful, some people will experience treatment resistance and need further help.

TMS for OCD works by targeting and regulating overactive parts of the brain associated with OCD, offering a new way to treat the disorder.


TMS for Smoking Cessation

Are you, or a loved one, struggling to quit smoking?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-medication therapy cleared by the FDA to help treat smoking addiction, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder in patients who have not found relief with standard treatments.

According to the CDC, cigarette smoking is the cause of nearly 500,000 deaths every year in the U.S., or one out of every five deaths. TMS is a non-invasive and safe treatment, and multiple medical studies have shown it to be effective at reducing a smoker’s tobacco craving. In short, it works by providing magnetic stimulation to the areas of the brain associated with nicotine addiction, offering a new way to provide smoke addiction therapy so you can quit smoking.

How can I get started with TMS?

To see if TMS is right for you, please contact us at (847) 783-0307 and our intake team will be happy to help.

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