TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is a process of treating depression and some other mental health conditions with the applications of magnetic pulses. It is non-invasive, done on an outpatient basis, is painless, and has very few to no after-effects. TMS is generally used when other forms of treatment have not offered significant, lasting relief.
Before having TMS, you’ll have physical and psychological assessments to determine your current level of health, and clearly establish your mental health goals.
The doctor will determine in your initial consultation the best place for magnet placement and what the best dose of magnetic energy for you should be.
TMS requires a series of repeated sessions to be effective. Most sessions are scheduled daily, five times a week, for a duration of four to six weeks.
An electromagnetic coil is placed against the scalp, close to your forehead, near the area of the brain involved in depression and the control of moods. While the exact method of TMS’s effectiveness isn’t clearly understood, it appears that stimulating these regions of the brain electromagnetically affects the way the brain does its job, which relieves depressive symptoms and helps to improve mood.
For patients who have had limited or no relief from symptoms with multiple other forms of treatment, TMS has been shown to provide relief with regular therapy.
A typical first appointment takes about an hour. What to expect:
Typically, common side effects are mild to moderate, and tend to improve following each session, gradually lessening with time. They include headache, discomfort at the site of stimulation, lightheadedness, and light spasming or tingling sensation in the facial muscles.
Level of stimulation may be adjusted.