TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared non-invasive medical treatment for patients with depression who have not benefited from initial anti-depressant medication. TMS uses highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate the areas of the brain thought to control mood. This specific area of the brain has been identified as underactive in people who suffer from depression. TMS Therapy causes neurons to become active, leading to the release of neurotransmitters, to relieve the symptoms of depression. Each treatment involves gentle placement of the magnetic coil against the patient’s head. Treatment takes less than an hour and is conducted in your doctor’s office, five days a week, for approximately four to six weeks. In open-label clinical trials, 1 in 2 patients suffering with depression improved significantly, and 1 in 3 patients were completely free of depression symptoms after six weeks of treatment.
TMS Therapy is free of side effects typically experienced with antidepressant medications. The most common side effect associated with TMS therapy is discomfort at or near the treatment area and is generally mild to moderate.
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