TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION THERAPY
What is TMS Therapy? (Or in Full Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy)
TMS Therapy is a new type treatment that is a new way to treat depression or anxiety disorders when often time other treatments haven’t worked. This is a mechanical intervention versus a chemical intervention (which is most commonly pills/oral medications).
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. This treatment for depression involves delivering repetitive magnetic pulses, so it’s called repetitive TMS or rTMS.
Why TMS Therapy?
Many people will choose TMS therapy because chemical avenues aren’t working or they want to solve depression for good. This is a noninvasive procedure and you have multiple sessions.
This is also a long-term solution, instead of taking daily pills, you find a solution that the end result is to solve your depression permanently. The long story short is that depression is a treatable condition, but for some people, standard treatments aren’t effective. Repetitive TMS is typically used when standard treatments such as medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy) don’t work.
How do you get started with TMS Therapy?
To get started you will want to review the steps to proceed and what to understand before you begin your journey with TMS Therapy. For a consultation or any questions and concerns please do not hesitate to call us.
- When you begin the process, it will start with gathering preliminary information on prior treatment trials. This will allow us to see your health status specifically for safety, and insurance approval. We will need health releases to allow us to communicate with all medical and mental health providers for continuity of care.
- We will need to ensure safety throughout the treatment which means we will need to know and manage any safety of medical comorbidities, such as the existence of implantable electrical devices or metal in the body the only firm contradiction to treatment with TMS.
- Prior to any treatment we will obtain informed consent for treatment, including a discussion of expectations and the known potential risks, side effects, and benefits, including that effectiveness is not guaranteed.