What is TMS Therapy?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS is a safe and effective, non-invasive treatment for severe depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders. TMS belongs to the treatment category of brain stimulation but offers key advantages over electroconvulsive therapy, including greater precision and no need for anesthesia or production of seizure. TMS produces no cognitive side effects nor does it cause the weight gain, dry mouth, or stomach upset sometimes associated with medications.
How Does TMS Therapy Work?
TMS treatment consists of placing a electromagnetic coil to the head. A pulsed magnetic field is directed to a key region of the brain regulating mood called the DLPFC. Repeated activation of this region over recurring sessions strengthens and restores the function of the DLPFC and connected brain regions. For the patient, this enhanced functioning of the brain translates into better control of both mood and thought patterns, lifting the disabling symptoms of depression and promoting long-term recovery.
Risks and Benefits of TMS Treatment
- In cases of depression lasting for months or even years despite antidepressant medication and psychotherapy, TMS offers a valuable option for both achieving and sustaining remission.
- TMS has an FDA indication for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. In well-controlled studies, brief courses of TMS consistently beat “active sham” or placebo treatment. Using full courses of TMS in large high quality studies has shown that 2 of 3 patients with severe depression will see the majority of their symptoms lift with or without the presence of co-occurring disorders. At our practice, this response rate is further improved by extending courses of therapy or combining varieties of TMS.
- TMS is safe. Thousands of patients across the United States have received TMS and report fewer side effects than from medications or other biological interventions.
What to Expect During a Course of TMS at Our Clinic
The TMS Clinic at Raleigh Psychiatric Associates offers individualized and evidence-based TMS treatment in coordination with your psychiatrist or therapist and with minimal disruption to your life. We strive to offer concierge-level service at competitive and transparent rates. After a consultation appointment, outpatient treatment typically consists of 20-minute sessions four to five times per week at our offices in the North Hills area of Raleigh. Treatments are delivered by a fellowship trained psychiatrist, not a technician. Sessions can typically be scheduled at the same time each day. There are no restrictions on driving or other routine activities following a TMS therapy session.
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