Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a medication-free way to treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It uses magnetic energy to activate specific brain areas. TMS can work when antidepressants have not and is better tolerated than most medications. The full treatment involves five 20-minute sessions per week for 6 weeks.

TMS has been used successfully since the 1990’s. It is FDA approved for depression and OCD.

It is covered by most insurance plans

During each session, a round magnet is placed over the head and directed so that it only affects the mood center. People are fully conscious during the treatment and hear a clicking sound as the magnet is activated.

We use the latest device, Deep TMS, which provides fuller activation of the brain’s mood center. Only Deep TMS is FDA approved in OCD.

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Side Effects

  • Headache or scalp discomfort
  • Tingling, tension, or twitching of facial muscles
  • Lightheadedness

These are usually mild and improve with time. Ear plugs are recommended to prevent hearing loss, as the magnet makes loud clicks. A mouth guard can reduce jaw tension.

There is one serious risk with TMS: Seizures. These are extremely rare, though people with epilepsy may be at risk. Unlike electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), TMS does not work by inducing seizures.

We offer TMS at our Cambridge Plaza office at the corner of Country Club and Jonestown Rd in Winston-Salem

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