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What is TMS Therapy?

TMS Therapy is an in-office procedure that can relieve symptoms of treatment-resistant depression. This safe, effective treatment uses electromagnetic waves to stimulate specific parts of the brain.

This type of therapy can seem intimidating to those unfamiliar with it. Some people may confuse it with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which can have significant side effects, including memory loss. The two procedures could hardly be more different.

It is essential to understand that it is a non-invasive procedure with few side effects. It is also only used in cases where no other intervention has worked.

What Happens in a TMS Session?

In a TMS therapy session, the doctor sets an electromagnetic coil on the patient’s head just above the forehead. When turned on, this coil sends electromagnetic waves into some regions of the brain that require stimulation.

TMS does not require anesthesia nor cause pain. Patients can drive themselves to and from a session. While electromagnetic waves may sound intimidating, they are just like the technology used in an MRI.

LifeStance Health specializes in TMS Therapy with multiple locations in 7 states. Services vary by location.

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What Does TMS Treat?

TMS is an FDA-approved treatment primarily for patients with depression who do not respond to other treatments. Depending on the equipment used, TMS is also FDA-approved to treat anxiety and OCD. Research is underway to see whether TMS can work effectively on other disorders, including ADHD, schizophrenia, and more.

TMS is best suited for people who have tried other interventions for depression without success. This may mean that several different medications did not relieve symptoms or that the medications’ side effects were too much to handle. TMS patients have usually also tried talk therapy.

What is NeuroStar TMS?

NeuroStar TMS uses focused magnetic pulses (similar in strength to an MRI), to revitalize underactive areas of the brain involved in regulating mood. When these regions are underactive, depression can result. “Waking up” these regions can have a lasting effect on depression, making long-term remission from depression a reality for many people.

Treatment with NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy is easy:

  • Therapy sessions are conducted in your NeuroStar doctor’s office
  • You can return to normal activities right away
  • You are awake during treatment
  • There are no negative effects on memory or sleep
  • It’s covered by most health insurance plans

For people who have not found relief with antidepressants, NeuroStar TMS is a safe and proven depression treatment without the systemic side effects of medication. Over 4.8 million NeuroStar Advanced TMS treatments have been performed in over 134,000 patients.