TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It is an FDA cleared, non-medication-based treatment for depression. Research is also showing TMS to be beneficial in helping those dealing with conditions such as PTSD, OCD, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and Chronic Pain. TMS is widely researched and poised to dramatically change the treatment of psychological and neurological conditions.
TMS IS THE FIRST AND ONLY FDA-CLEARED TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION AND OCD THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE SURGERY OR MEDICATION AND IS SAFE AND EFFECTIVE
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS is the first and only FDA-cleared treatment for depression that does not require surgery or medication and is safe and effective. Research is also showing TMS to be beneficial in helping those dealing with conditions such as Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Addiction, ADHD, Eating Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Chronic Pain. While you relax in a chair, the TMS magnet gently sits on your head and sends low-dose magnetic pulses to the parts of the brain targeted for your particular condition.
The treatment is safe with none of the side effects associated with most anti-depressant medications. This means there is no weight gain, sexual dysfunction, sedation, stomach upset, or memory impairment. This is because the treatment is non-systemic. That is, the treatment is applied directly to the affected parts of the brain and does not have to work through the digestive and blood systems to get to where it needs to go.
Since TMS is a non-medication-based treatment without all of the side effects of medication, this makes it the ideal treatment for people who may have struggled with side effects in the past or who may prefer to avoid medications in general. The most common side effect of TMS is a mild headache during the first couple of initial treatments that is generally well tolerated.
TMS treatments occur 5 days per week for 8 weeks. Each session lasts between 20 and 40 minutes. You are able to drive yourself to treatment and drive home. You can sit comfortably and read, watch TV or use a handheld electronic device during treatment.
Short pulses of magnetic energy are aimed at the structures in the brain thought to control mood (Limbic System Structures, many of which are involved in mood regulation). The left prefrontal cortex is used to access these structures non-invasively from outside the brain with TMS Therapy. The unique nature of magnetic fields allows them to pass through the skull and into the cortex without being distorted in any way. This facilitates a very focal type of stimulation, minimizing stimulation of brain tissue not involved in mood.
Once in the brain, these small magnetic pulses stimulate a small pathway in the prefrontal cortex and follow that pathway deeper into the brain into an area of the brain known as the Limbic System which controls mood and known to be less active in the brains of depressed patients.
The objective of TMS therapy is to stimulate conduction in neurons. Specifically, TMS targets the circuits of the brain that have been underactive during depression (the prefrontal circuit). Patients remain awake and alert during a TMS Therapy procedure.
The typical course of treatment consists of five sessions per week over an 8 weeks period for the treatment of depression. Treating other psychiatric disorders requires different protocols, which can range from 5-30 sessions. Most insurance companies have been willing to pay for TMS when used to treat depression and OCD, specifically treatment resistant forms of treatment.
We are excited to be able to offer this treatment and participate in most insurance plans to reduce costs for our patients. Most patients will pay less for their care than the cost of psychiatric medications.