Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
What is TMS?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an innovative form of treatment for Major Depressive Disorder. Individuals who have not been successful with medication interventions for Major Depressive Disorder have found success in reducing and better managing their symptoms.
Research has suggested that the imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain, which send messages across the brain has a strong correlation to the causes of depression. TMS works by using a targeted magnetic field to stimulate the parts of the brain that have become inactive during a depressive episode. In essence, TMS stimulates and re-balances the neurotransmitters thought to be the cause of symptoms individuals experience in a depressed episode.
TMS treatment typical consists of 20-30 minute sessions, 5x a week for about 4-6 weeks. While this can feel like a large time commitment, you are awake throughout the entire process and can immediately resume normal daily activities. This greatly differs from Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) with involves sedation, a larger daily time commitment and longer periods of restricted activities such as driving or returning to work.
TMS Support Group
A monthly support group is provided for individuals who are currently engaged in TMS treatment as well as those who have completed the treatment. This group offers a space for individuals to share of their experiences both inside and outside of treatment.