How it works
Most patients report improvement in their mood and their outlook on life within 2–3 weeks of the initial treatment.
While most antidepressant medications are known to cause a numbing experience, both sexually and personality-wise, often paired with fatigue, TMS does not cause side effects. Traditional antidepressants directly suppress dopamine and block serotonin receptors, whereas TMS does not, and instead, directly stimulates the parts of your brain inhibited by depression. We also use TMS to treat OCD (FDA approved) and anxiety (off-label), each at a different site of the brain, drastically reducing symptoms and healing the mind.
Through repeated stimulation to the limbic system, serotonin and dopamine tracts become stronger. Much like physical therapy, it can provide life-changing development but may require life-long repetition. Treatment sessions last only three minutes, and, in as few as ten daily sessions, patients can achieve results lasting 3–6 months. TMS is not painful. Most patients describe vibration sensations and only during treatment.
Our TMS technician, Ian Gerber, is extensively trained in operating the TMS machine and conducting sessions. He directs magnetic stimulation to precise points in your brain configuration that our psychiatrists develop custom for you.
We ask all patients to complete a short questionnaire to assess their recent emotional state and outlook. Once returned, we set up an appointment for further discussion about whether TMS is best for your needs.
2. Medical Eligibility
While TMS is a safe non-medicinal alternative, there are some patients who do not qualify for treatment including those who are pregnant, have metal or implanted devices (e.g., pacemakers, hearing implants, or cranial bullet fragments), or a history of brain or aneurysm surgery, brain damage, or stroke. If you have a history of seizures, you can still receive TMS, but your case will be examined closely to see if it is safe for you.
Dependent on your need and availability, we will schedule your course of treatment for approximately two to three weeks of three to five times per week, three-minute daily sessions.