TMS therapy is a highly effective and non-invasive treatment for patients with Major Depressive Disorder.
TMS is designed to treat patients for whom antidepressant medications have been ineffective in relieving symptoms.
How TMS Works In the brain, brain cells called neurons communicate with one another through electrical impulses, known as firing. Patients with Major Depressive Disorder have been shown to have areas of the brain with reduced electrical activity. Through a focused magnetic coil, TMS therapy rapidly pulses a magnetic field to targeted areas, stimulating the brain's electrical activity. Numerous studies support the efficacy of TMS treatments in treating depression and relieving patients of their depressive symptoms. 2 out of 3 patients report positive response or full remission of symptoms. Unlike many cutting-edge treatments for depression, TMS is billable to insurance.
Treatment sessions typically occur 5 days per week for 6 weeks, with each treatment session lasting approximately 20 minutes. After this six week period, 6 sessions are then completed in a 3 week period to conclude the course of TMS treatment.
Potential Side Effects TMS therapy has few adverse effects - clinical studies have shown the primary side effects to be mild to moderate scalp sensitivity and mild headaches, both of which are typically short-term.
Is TMS Right for You? If you are interested in finding out if TMS therapy is right for you, we encourage you to schedule a visit with Dr. Deichert to discuss the treatment and address any questions or concerns you may have.
TMS therapy is provided by Dr. David Deichert.
TMS: The Process
This quick video gives an overview of how TMS stimulates increased neural activity (brain function), and helps you see what the treatment itself is like.