Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS is the first and only FDA-cleared treatment for depression that does not require surgery or medication and is safe and effective. Research is also showing TMS to be beneficial in helping those dealing with conditions such as Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Addiction, ADHD, Eating Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Chronic Pain. While you relax in a chair, the TMS magnet gently sits on your head and sends low-dose magnetic pulses to the parts of the brain targeted for your particular condition.
The treatment is safe with none of the side effects associated with most anti-depressant medications. This means there is no weight gain, sexual dysfunction, sedation, stomach upset, or memory impairment. This is because the treatment is non-systemic. That is, the treatment is applied directly to the affected parts of the brain and does not have to work through the digestive and blood systems to get to where it needs to go.
Since TMS is a non-medication based treatment without all of the side effects of medication, this makes it the ideal treatment for people who may have struggled with side effects in the past or who may prefer to avoid medications in general. The most common side effect of TMS is a mild headache during the first couple of initial treatments that is generally well tolerated.
TMS treatments usually occur 5 days per week for 4-6 weeks. Each session lasts between 20 and 40 minutes. You are able to drive yourself to treatment and drive home. You can sit comfortable and read, watch TV or use a handheld electronic device during treatment.