Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is FDA-cleared for patients with depression who have not benefitted from an antidepressant medication. This novel treatment approach to achieving remission works through transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), in which highly focused magnetic pulses stimulate the areas of the brain that are under-active in patients with severe depression. TMS Therapy is a safe, effective therapy that is conducted at the offices of Associates in Psychiatry & Counseling.
TMS Therapy is precisely targeted at a key area of the brain thought to control mood. This area, called the prefrontal cortex, is known to be under-active in depression sufferers. TMS uses highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate neurons in this area, causing them to become active and release neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the brains chemical messengers.TMS stimulates neurons in the prefrontal cortex to restore normal function and lift the symptoms of depression.
During treatment, patients recline comfortably and are awake and alert throughout the TMS Therapy session. No anesthesia or sedation is needed. Treatment involves placement of the magnetic coil against the patient’s head. Patients will hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on their head during treatment.Each TMS Therapy session takes less than an hour to complete and is conducted right in your doctor’s office, five days a week, for approximately four to six weeks. After treatment, patients can immediately return to normal activities.
For an initial consultation, contact us at 847-697-2400.