TMS FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions​

Since 2008, TMS has been FDA-approved to treat depression in patients who have not responded to or cannot tolerate the side effects of antidepressants.

If medications have intolerable side effects or do not bring adequate relief of depression symptoms, TMS may be a great option for treatment.

A remarkable 2 out of 3 patients respond to TMS treatment, while 1 out of 3 achieve remission (symptom-free). What’s more, 2 out of 3 patients retain their response 1 year after completing TMS.

TMS works by stimulating the under-active neurons in the parts
of the brain that control mood. TMS retrains your brain to function normally on its own,helping patients achieve effective, long-lasting results.

A typical course of TMS treatment consists of a brief 3 to 20 minute session, five days a week, for two months. During each session, a coil (magnet) will be placed on the treatment location, while the patient sits comfortably in a chair. Because TMS does not require anesthesia, patients are free to go about their day immediately.

The most common side effect is headache and/or scalp discomfort during treatment sessions. These side effects generally decrease in intensity and frequency after the first several weeks. If necessary, this discomfort can be treated with an over-the-counter pain medication. Studies have shown that less than 5% of patients have discontinued treatment due to side effects.

TMS has been proven to be very safe. There is an extremely small risk of seizure (1 in 10000), but this risk is no different than treatment with anti-depressants.

No, TMS is very different from electroconvulsive (shock) therapy. Unlike shock therapy, TMS does not induce a seizure, does not require anesthesia, does not require post-op recovery, and does not cause memory loss or short-term confusion. Since there is no sedation, patients can travel unaccompanied after treatment.

No, TMS uses magnetic fields like an MRI which has been used countless millions of times around the world without causing tumors.

Unlike medication, TMS is virtually side effect-free. Some patients may experience a mild headache or sensitivity in the area of treatment, which typically disappears within a few days.

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I love treating my patients with TMS because they usually get better and they usually get better fast.

I woke up and I just felt good. It was a weird sensation… I don’t feel this dark cloud over me.

47 year old woman, with bipolar depression after 6 sessions of TMS.

I’m thinking quicker. Thoughts take better directions. I don't have to fight as hard to think coherent thoughts, or be rational.

19 year old young man , with depression, after session 12.

The shoulders are lighter, the face is different. My cheeks are getting sore from smiling so much! ...This has enlightened my heart again.

60 year old woman , in remission by TMS after decades of depression.

I noticed I was appreciating things a lot more... noticing how nice it was on my walk to class.

21 year old university student , who got TMS for depression, which is now in remission.

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