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.


What are the side effects of TMS?

One of the best parts of TMS is the minimal side effects. With TMS Therapy:

  • You are awake and alert during treatment
  • You don’t need anesthesia or sedation
  • The treatment is “non-systemic,” meaning it does not involve medication taken by mouth, so nothing is circulating in your bloodstream
  • You can resume your usual activities immediately
  • Your memory or mental clarity is not affected

Like any other type of treatment, some side effects are possible. These may include:

  • Headache
  • Discomfort where the coil is placed
  • Tingling, spasms, or twitching of facial muscles
  • Lightheadedness

Most of these side effects are mild and go away shortly after each session. They should also diminish with each additional session. Sometimes, symptoms may feel worse before they start to improve. As with any medical treatment, let your provider know of any side effects.


Is TMS right for me?

TMS can be a helpful form of alternative therapy if you have not found any lasting or meaningful change to your quality of life from other treatments. Not only is TMS therapy easy and noninvasive, but more than 60 clinical trials have shown it to be effective.

TMS should not be used if you:

  • Have any metal implants in or near your head
  • Have any electronic devices in your head or body, such as a pacemaker


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.

Many major commercial and Medicare plans now cover TMS therapy. As with other medical treatments, contact your specific insurance provider to confirm whether TMS is covered for you.

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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).


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, similar in type and strength to those produced by an MRI machine, through a magnetic coil.

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. TMS works by targeting brain networks thought to regulate mood and emotions, improving dysfunctional networks in depression and thereby improving mood.

TMS is safe whether or not you are also receiving oral antidepressant medications. Because depression involves several different factors, including environment and lifestyle, your therapist may recommend you receive talk therapy and other treatment approaches with TMS for optimal efficiency.


What to Expect:

A Advanced Psychiatry of Elgin, we believe that each person has a right to compassionate, thorough, personalized care. To undergo TMS therapy, you will first complete a health assessment to determine your specific needs.

  • All TMS sessions happen under supervision in a psychiatrist’s office.
  • Most of these sessions will last about 30-45 minutes.
  • 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.

For depression treatment with TMS you will be expected to attend daily sessions for 6 weeks followed by 3 weeks of tapering. If TMS works for you, you will experience your depression symptoms improve or even go away completely.


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.

Many major commercial and Medicare plans now cover TMS therapy for depression. As with other medical treatments, contact your specific insurance provider to confirm whether TMS is covered for you.


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.


How does TMS work?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses 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, similar in type and strength to those produced by an MRI machine, through a magnetic coil to deep parts of the brain that were previously unreachable by other treatments.

The magnetic fields do not directly affect your whole brain; instead, they reach specific parts of the brain directly beneath the treatment coil. Moving into the brain, the magnetic pulses produce tiny electrical currents, which directly stimulate parts of the brain known to be associated with OCD, to regulate these overactive brain structures.

Some medical and scientific studies have found TMS treatment of OCD to be largely successful, with little side effects. A 2019 study across 11 centers published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found a drastic difference in those who were given deep TMS for their OCD and those who were not. The study concluded that deep TMS “significantly improved OCD symptoms and may be considered as a potential intervention for patients who do not respond adequately to pharmacological and psychological interventions.”


What to Expect:

To undergo TMS therapy, you will first receive a health assessment to determine your specific needs.

  • All TMS therapy happens under supervision in a psychiatrist’s office.
  • Most of these sessions will last about 30-45 minutes.
  • 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.

For obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment with TMS you will be expected to attend daily sessions for 6 weeks.

If TMS works for you, you will experience your OCD symptoms improve or even go away completely. TMS is safe if you are also receiving oral medications for your condition. Because OCD involves several different factors, including lifestyle and environment, your doctor may recommend you receive talk therapy and other treatment approaches along 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.

Many major commercial and Medicare plans now cover TMS therapy for depression. As with other medical treatments, contact your specific insurance provider to confirm whether TMS is covered for you.


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 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, similar in type and strength to those produced by an MRI machine, through a magnetic coil.

The magnetic fields do not directly affect your whole brain; instead, they reach deep parts of the brain directly beneath the treatment coil.

Moving into the brain, the magnetic pulses produce tiny electrical currents that directly stimulate parts of the brain known to be associated with nicotine addiction, which may help relieve cigarette cravings.

Addiction to nicotine – the drug in tobacco – can be hard to stop, as the pleasing effects that it causes in your brain are temporary and you often feel the need to smoke another even if you don’t want to. The more a person smokes or uses tobacco in other forms, the higher their tolerance builds and the more nicotine they need to feel good. When a person tries to stop, the nicotine has affected parts of the brain associated with decision-making and behavior, often causing mental and behavioral changes. For many, it can cause a dependence that is too difficult to stop on your own, even if you’re aware of the health consequences. In multiple medical and scientific studies, deep TMS for smoking cessation was found to be an effective and durable treatment.

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, similar in type and strength to those produced by an MRI machine, through a magnetic coil.

The magnetic fields do not directly affect your whole brain; instead, they reach deep parts of the brain directly beneath the treatment coil.

Moving into the brain, the magnetic pulses produce tiny electrical currents that directly stimulate parts of the brain known to be associated with nicotine addiction, which may help relieve cigarette cravings.

Addiction to nicotine – the drug in tobacco – can be hard to stop, as the pleasing effects that it causes in your brain are temporary and you often feel the need to smoke another even if you don’t want to. The more a person smokes or uses tobacco in other forms, the higher their tolerance builds and the more nicotine they need to feel good. When a person tries to stop, the nicotine has affected parts of the brain associated with decision-making and behavior, often causing mental and behavioral changes. For many, it can cause a dependence that is too difficult to stop on your own, even if you’re aware of the health consequences. In multiple medical and scientific studies, deep TMS for smoking cessation was found to be an effective and durable treatment.

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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