Transcranial magnetic stimulations (TMS) is featured in this month’s Oprah “O” Magazine titled, “A Twinge of Relief”. The article notes the 2008 FDA approval of TMS for mildly treatment-resistant depression and outlines standard treatment information by Dr. Stephen Taylor, MD [..]
Transcranial magnetic stimulations (TMS) is featured in this month’s Oprah “O” Magazine titled, “A Twinge of Relief”. The article notes the 2008 FDA approval of TMS for mildly treatment-resistant depression and outlines standard treatment information by Dr. Stephen Taylor, MD and professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Taylor describes a typical therapy treatment by stating that “magnetic coils are placed on one side of the patient’s head to induce electrical currents that cause neurons to discharge—delivering pure energy into the brain.” He highlighted that therapy typically involves four to six weeks of 30- to 40-minute sessions administered five times a week in a doctor’s office. The positive, he mentions, is that TMS can be as effective as taking antidepressants but with fewer side effects. Dr. Taylor closes by stating, “the idea that we’re able to ameliorate depression with a magnet is a pretty cool thing.”
With May being Depression Awareness month, Greatday Houston, a daily KHOU talk show, featured NeuroStar TMS Depression Therapy on their May 18, 2015 Medical Monday series. Guests included Dr. Cathy Hart, Medical Director of a local TMS Therapy Center, and a Greatday Houston viewer who had tried this new depression treatment. Dr. Hart explained how magnetic therapy works, a no pills and no surgery depression treatment, while the guest explained her struggles with depression and her TMS Therapy success story. View the show.
This month, Fox 40, WFTX-TV in Fort Myers, Florida featured special news coverage on TMS therapy and one women’s life changing experience. The special report was called “Latest Technology ‘Zaps’ Depression”. Diagnosed at 13 with medical depression, Jessica felt isolated, constant sadness and contemplated suicide. She wanted to share her story of struggle and success to hopefully inspire others. After the day-to-day struggles and trying so many different medications, her doctor felt she was a good candidate for TMS therapy. Jessica mentioned that the beauty of the treatment was that it didn’t hurt, there were no side affects and it truly changed her life. Read or listen to her story.
NewsChannel 3 in Virginia recently featured a medical segment on treating depression without drugs. The special, “Can Depression Be Treated Without Drugs?” documented a 35-year old patient and local newspaper reporter from Peninsula who suffered from depression most of her adult life, including battles with social anxiety, phobia and paranioa. Finally, she discovered a doctor in Virginia Beach who was using TMS therapy. After six weeks of weekly treatments, she was able to get back to her normal life and do one of her favorite things again, writing. Read or listen to the whole story.
WOSU, an Ohio State University radio station, recently featured Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, TMS, as a new depression treatment option that is showing success among some who have struggled with mental illness for years. The show and article highlights one patient’s experience with TMS therapy after suffering from depression for over 13 years. Mr. Jefferys used drug therapy and counseling for years but at one point attempted suicide. Finally, at 48, he learned about TMS therapy. Read or listen to his TMS success story.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy continues to receive great media exposure as more and more success stories are shared. A recent December 15, 2014 Us News and World Report article detailed one patient’s success story and how transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, saved her life. The article also describes the origin of TMS, how TMS is different from other brain-stimulation therapies, what the treatment is like, possible side effects and those most suited for this type of depression treatment. Read the article.
A machine that sends magnetic pulses into a patient’s brain has become the new frontier of depression treatment, promising to ease symptoms for those who have found little relief from medication or talk therapy. The treatment, known as transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is part of a wave of technologies that attempt to jolt the brain back to health. It caught on quickly after the Food and Drug Administration approved its use six years ago, and more than 25 Chicago-area hospitals and psychiatrists now use TMS devices. Read the article.
An estimated 16 million people in this country are treated for depression every year. That number doesn’t count people who haven’t yet sought help. In many cases, medication is an effective way to get some relief, but there’s another, newer way some doctors are trying. Lorraine, of West Pittston, who didn’t want to share her last name, said she has battled depression for many years. Learn more by watching the video.
In December of 2012, Stephanie S. was taking 300 mgs of sertraline (Zoloft), 300 mgs of (bupropion Hcl) Wellbutrin, 300 mgs of trazodone hydrochloride (Desyrel), 200 mgs of risperidone (Risperdal), and 8 mgs of alprazolam (Xanax), but was as depressed as she has ever been. She had also gained 100 pounds as a side effect of all the medications. Having tried a total of 10 different kinds of drugs with no success, her doctor recommended transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive procedure that stimulates nerve cells in the brain with short magnetic pulses. A large electromagnetic coil is placed against the scalp which generates focused pulses that pass through the skull and stimulate the cerebral cortex of the brain, a region that regulates mood. The procedure was approved by the FDA in 2008.
She didn’t feel any difference after 11 treatments, but she can vividly remember the morning after her 12th treatment. She explained:
I woke up… I mean WOKE UP!! I felt so light, instead of feeling weighed down. The sun was brighter. My overall feeling was JOY. This was unfamiliar to me, and I loved it. I came downstairs grinning from ear to ear and just looked at my husband. He knew! I just threw my arms around his neck and laughed. The feeling was indescribable. It was NIRVANA!! I felt better than I had felt before my breakdown. It was MAGICAL! I think that was the first time in my life that I felt pure joy!
Claudia Robertson and David Grenier will be man and wife in a few days. Before they exchange vows, Robertson is coming to see her doctor, Linda Carpenter, for a treatment that’s helped with her depression — something called TMS. Robertson had the treatment last year and called it a godsend. When she relapsed earlier this year, she returned for more treatments. Now she says she has a reason to get up in the morning, and a reason to breathe every day.
We are pleased to announce the adoption and implementation of a new Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Local Coverage Determination (LCD) with National Government Services ( NGS) effective August 15, 2014. This coverage decision will now provide access to TMS for approximately 9.3 Million members in NY, CT, ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, IL, WI, MN. View article here.
Policy Link: The coverage medical policy is publicly available via the website: This is the link for the Connecticut LCD but it is the same for all states in the two Jurisdictions.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to begin a coverage policy for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on 7/1/2014
Patients who have insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois may now have benefits for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Please contact us at (847) 562-5868 to schedule a consultation and to verify benefits.
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