What is TMS?

TMS is a Therapeutic Breakthrough

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a technological breakthrough in the treatment of Major Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, and other disorders. It is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment that has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in its Best Practices Guidelines as an effective treatment for depression. What is TMS? It’s a safe and effective outpatient treatment for individuals diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or similar disorders who have not experienced satisfactory improvement from antidepressant medication.

TMS Differs from Drug Therapy

TMS therapy differs from traditional drug therapy because it employs MRI-strength magnetic pulses that are targeted only to specific regions of the brain involved in mood regulation – areas known to be under-active in those diagnosed with MDD. TMS activates and raises the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain – and can be used in conjunction with medication or as a stand-alone treatment.

TMS Therapy is Not Invasive

TMS is non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment. It is also non-systemic, meaning that it does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body. Side effects frequently experienced from antidepressant medications (i.e. weight gain, sexual dysfunction, tiredness, etc) do not occur with TMS therapy.

TMS Therapy is Effective

In FDA clinical trials, 2 out of every 3 patients reported remission or a reduction in depression symptoms after completion of TMS Therapy. Subsequent studies have consistently shown 3 out of every 4 patients positively responding to TMS. What is TMS? Learn more about clinical results.

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