What conditions are TMS used to treat?
TMS therapy is FDA-cleared to treat patients with Major Depressive Disorder (depression). It is frequently used for those who have not responded well to medications.
What does TMS therapy involve?
TMS therapy increases neural activity in the areas of the brain responsible for mood control. TMS helps the brain to function in a more normal manner.
What does TMS treatment entail?
TMS treatment usually spans 2 months with sessions 5 days a week. Each session lasts about 3 to 20 minutes. During each session, the patient sits in a chair while the device is positioned on the designated treatment area. TMS does not involve anesthetics, meaning that patients may resume their days right after the session.
Is TMS therapy a good option for me?
If medications have not been effective or if side effects have been unbearable, TMS treatment may be a good option to consider.
Will TMS treatment be effective for me?
2 out 3 patients have a great response to TMS therapy and after a year of completing treatment will continue to see compelling results. 1 out of 3 patients are able to attain a symptom-free outcome.
Does TMS therapy cause discomfort?
Headache and discomfort in the scalp area are not uncommon with TMS therapy. As the weeks go on, the side effects start to diminish. If you experience these side effects, you can use over-the-counter pain medication.
Are there risks involved with TMS treatment?
Clinical studies have shown TMS to be safe and effective. As in the case of antidepressants, there is a very minor risk of patients experiencing seizures.
Is there a link between TMS and brain cancer?
TMS treatment is safe and does not cause brain cancer. Similar to having an MRI, TMS uses magnetic fields to effectively treat patients.
Is TMS similar to Electroconvulsive Therapy?
There are many differences between TMS and shock therapy. Unlike ECT, TMS does not cause a seizure, memory loss, or mental confusion. TMS also does not require the use of anesthetics or necessitate a recovery period after sessions.