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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, TMS

TMS is a non-invasive, safe and effective treatment option for people suffering from drug-resistant depression. FDA’s clearance of the NeuroStar™ TMS Therapy System in October 2008, provided a groundbreaking new treatment alternative for physicians and their depression patients. Within two years, TMS had become so accepted by the medical community as an effective treatment for depression that the American Psychiatric Association began recommending TMS as a second-line treatment for depression.

TMS has also been used safely and effectively used for several other conditions, including: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD); Eating Disorders; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Chronic Pain (including Fibromyalgia); Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (“OCD”); Tinnitus; Bipolar Disorder; and other mood and neurological disorders. Please refer to our disorders treated page for more information.

A General TMS Treatment Course & Side Effects

TMS treatment is an outpatient procedure and requires no anesthesia or sedation. A typical depression treatment course consists of at least thirty treatments, usually five treatments a week for six weeks, although the treatment schedule can vary based on patient response. The procedure typically lasts about 40 minutes during which time the patients are awake, alert and comfortable. Often patients watch a favorite TV program or converse with a family member or friend during the treatment. Our TMS Specialists are present throughout the treatment and interact with the patient while continuously monitoring the treatment to ensure the patient’s comfort and the maximum efficacy of the treatment.

For depression and mood disorder therapy, TMS uses rapid magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain known to control mood. The magnetic pulses make a clicking sound and feel like a mild tapping on the scalp. Typical TMS side effects are transient; the most common being mild irritation and discomfort of the scalp and headaches.

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