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TMS Therapy® for Depression

Depression is traditionally treated with antidepressants, but an estimated 4 million sufferers of depression do not find the needed relief from medication. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a leading alternative treatment for fighting depression. TMS Therapy is FDA-cleared for treating Major Depression when improvement from prior antidepressant medications have not yielded satisfactory results.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation creates short electromagnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. These pulses come in quick procession and are thought to increase levels of Neurotransmitters in areas of the brain rendered dormant by depression,

TMS Therapy is not only effective, but possibly the least intrusive treatment for depression. Treatments are considered outpatient procedures, with most performed in right at a psychiatrist's office under his or her supervision while you remain awake and alert.

Typical TMS treatment courses consists of 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period, or a total of 20-30 treatments. Each depression treatment session lasts approximately 37 minutes.

TMS Therapy is:

  • Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment.
  • Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body.
  • FDA cleared for patients suffering from Major Depression who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment.