Why TMS? Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treats depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) without medication. It has fewer side effects than most medications, and is twice as effective as most meds. For most people, the effects are lasting, and they stay depression-free for years to come.
TMS has been used successfully since the 1990’s. It is FDA approved for depression, OCD, and nicotine cessation. After TMS, people have less anxiety and think sharper, with better memory and concentration.
It is covered by most insurance plans
Why happens in TMS? During each 20-minute treatment, you’ll sit in a chair with the magnet over your head. You may feel some muscle tension or tingling near the magnet, but it is not painful. People are fully awake and alert during the therapy and are able to walk, talk, and drive afterwards. TMS only affects a small part of the brain and doesn’t require people to be unconscious. Unlike ECT, it does not use electricity, does not work by causing seizures, and does not impair memory.
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.
Most side effects are mild and improve with time. They include…
- Headache or scalp discomfort
- Tingling, tension, or twitching of facial muscles
During TMS, you’ll sit in a chair with the magnet over your head. The magnet makes a click sound like a loud typewriter.
TMS has one serious risk. Very rarely, it can cause a seizure. These are extremely rare, though people with epilepsy may be at risk. Unlike electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), TMS does not work by inducing seizures.