Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a breakthrough therapy of non pharmacological treatment for patients who continue to experience depressive symptoms despite psychotherapy and anti-depressant treatment or those who are unable to tolerate anti-depressant medications because of the side effects. TMS has been shown to produce changes in neuronal activity in regions of the brain implicated in mood regulation, such as the prefrontal cortex. As each magnetic pulse passes through the skull and into the brain, this induces brief activity of brain cells underlying the treatment coil.
TMS uses a magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the brain which reduces depression. TMS can treat depression without having to take any medication.
- No Long-Term Side Effects
- Covered by Most Insurances
- Non-Invasive Treatment
- FDA Approved
During the first session the psychiatrist performs brain mapping to determine the area in the brain (DLPFC) which is responsible for regulating our mood and this particular area is targeted for magnetic stimulation.
You might wear a swim cap or a headband as the technician holds the TMS Coil on your head. Then, the technician will start the stimulation. This creates a magnetic energy called as “pulse”. The “pulse” creates a current that stimulates a small part of your brain. You will know when the coil is on because you will hear a clicking noise and might feel tapping on your head.
The technician might also use electrodes (small discs with wires) to measure the effect of the stimulation. TMS Can be applied one pulse at a time or as a series of pulses. Make sure you talk to your provider so that you understand and are well prepared for the procedure.