Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) was approved by the FDA in 2008 for the treatment of severe depression. TMS offers hope to those patients who have suffered from severe symptoms of depression, and have either not responded adequately to medication, or who have had intolerable side effects to their medications.
TMS is an office-based, outpatient procedure that is administered daily for 4-6 weeks. The procedure requires no anesthesia or sedation, is pain free, and allows patients to resume their normal activities, including driving, immediately after the procedure is completed. TMS technology utilizes a magnet, similar to an MRI machine, that delivers focused impulses to the areas of the brain most affected by depression. Because of the unique mechanism of action of TMS, patients who have not responded to traditional medical therapies are offered the possibility of a novel approach to treat their depressive symptoms.
Several rigorous studies have proven the efficacy of TMS in the treatment of severe major depression. As a result, TMS is now offered in numerous academic centers around the country, including UCLA, Columbia University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic, amongst others. TMS has also now broadened to the private offices of psychiatrists seeking to expand the range of treatment possibilities for depression, as well as offer cutting edge treatment options.In order to determine whether TMS may be an appropriate option for you or your loved one, please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a consultation.