TMS Treatment

TMS Treatment (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)

Treatment is a safe, non-invasive, effective treatment for depression.

What is TMS Treatment?

Each year more than 16 million adults in the United States experience major depression.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive medical treatment for patients diagnosed with Major Depression Disorder (MDD) who have not benefited from initial antidepressant medication.

TMS uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the areas of the brain thought to control mood.
TMS shows promise in other areas such as bipolar depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), auditory hallucinations, postpartum depression as well as with depression associated with Parkinson's Disease, MS, fibromyalgia and other neurological conditions.

Benefits of TMS Treatment

TMS has been proven safe and effective for treating patients with depression.
TMS therapy is free of side effects typically experienced with antidepressant medications such as weight gain or sexual dysfunction. Patients are awake and alert during treatment and are able to resume normal activities upon leaving the treatment session.

About TMS Treatment

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS is a promising outpatient treatment option for individuals suffering from major depression.

TMS treatment is a 40-minute procedure conducted in an outpatient office using a device that sends magnetic pulses - similar to what one might experience in an MRI (or magnetic resonance image) machine - to the left frontal side of the brain. These pulses generate small electrical currents to areas of the brain that are involved in depression. Studies have shown that the left frontal side of the brain is an area that is underactive in people with major depression. Once stimulated with TMS, the area becomes more active and thereby better at regulating mood.

The procedure is done over a four- to six-week period, five days a week. Considerable improvement in symptoms such as sleep disturbance, concentration and energy can be seen in just two to three weeks. There can be some discomfort during initial treatment sessions on the side of the scalp where the treatment is administered, but it causes no other systemic side effects. Individuals can go back to work or about their daily activities immediately following treatment sessions.

TMS treatment is available at Eisenhower Behavioral Health under the supervision of the Director (physician) of the TMS Treatment Program. For more information about the NeuroStar® TMS Treatment, click here.

Is TMS Treatment Right For You?

1. Are you taking medication to treat your depression?
2. Are you still depressed despite your medication?
3. Are you experiencing side effects from your medication?
4. Have you switched medications more than once due to side effects?
5. Are depression symptoms interfering with your leisure activities or relationships with your family and friends?
6. Are depression symptoms having an effect on your ability to earn a living?

If you have answered YES to two or more of these questions, please discuss your answers with your physician today.

For More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the TMS Treatment Program, please call Eisenhower Behavior Health at 760-837-8767.

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