What is TMS?
TMS is transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS is an FDA-approved treatment for major depression. TMS is a good option when medications and other treatments have failed.
Is TMS right for me?
TMS is a good option for some people, but not everybody. To be a good candidate for TMS, you generally need to fit these guidelines:
- Moderate or severe depression
- No metal implants in head or neck (metal dental fillings are okay)
- No history of epilepsy (other than childhood seizures)
- No recent active alcohol or drug abuse
- Have already tried a few medications for depression
What Are The Advantages of TMS Therapy?
- Effective and FDA approved depression treatment
- Non-pharmacologic (no medication)
- No anesthesia required
- 20-30 minute outpatient procedure
- Return to daily activities almost immediately
- No memory loss
Does Insurance Cover TMS?
Usually, yes. TMS is covered by most health insurances. TMS St. Louis will try to help you obtain insurance coverage for TMS, or to explore other financing options.
What are the common side effects of TMS?
The most common side effect is scalp discomfort during treatment. Seizures during a treatment session are a possible side effect also, but this is very rare. The incidence of seizures is less than 0.2%, which is similar to the risk of seizures from antidepressant medications. TMS has has no known long-term adverse effects.
How does deep TMS Compare to ECT?
ECT (electronconvulsive therapy) is a treatment based on electrically induced seizures, and the procedure requires anesthesia requires general anesthesia. The side effects of ECT are considerable, including the risks of anesthesia, and also memory loss.
In contrast, deep TMS treatment stimulates targeted brain regions using magnetic pulses with a strength similar to those used in MRI systems. Deep TMS does not involve anesthesia, has no effects on memory, and is generally well-tolerated.
How does my own psychiatrist get involved?
Patients who are referred to TMS St. Louis for Deep TMS continue their relationships with referring psychiatrists and other clinicians during Deep TMS Therapy. Decisions regarding medication management and treatment are made in conjunction with the referring psychiatrist or other healthcare provider. Upon completion of Deep TMS, patients continue follow-up care with their referring psychiatrist or other healthcare provider.
I am interested in TMS. What now?
Give us a call at (844) 926-8867 so that we can ask you a few questions. If it looks like you're a candidate for TMS, we'll make an appointment for a more in-depth consultation appointment with Dr Harvey or Dr. Curry.