An Effective FDA Approved Treatment Without Medication
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a technological breakthrough in the treatment of Major Depression. Family Care Center is proud to be one of the largest TMS providers.
TMS is a noninvasive form of brain stimulation used for depression. Unlike electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), TMS is non invasive and has minimal side effects.
TMS utilizes pulses of magnetic energy, similar to those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, to stimulate nerve cells in the areas of the brain known to control mood. This is done by placing an electromagnetic coil against the scalp near the forehead. TMS therapy is an effective alternative treatment for depression and creates a significant positive response in the majority of patients.
TMS has been proven to be effective and approved by the FDA for the following conditions:
- Major depressive disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Smoking cessation
There is clinical evidence that shows that TMS is also effective in treating the following conditions:
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic pain
- General Anxiety Disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Multiple Sclerosis
How TMS Works
TMS has been shown to produce changes in neuronal activity in regions of the brain known to regulate mood, such as the prefrontal cortex. As each magnetic pulse passes through the skull and into the brain it increases the electrical activity of those select brain cells. This induces brief activity of brain cells underlying the treatment coil. The frequency of pulse delivery also influences whether brain activity is increased or decreased by a session of TMS. Recent studies also show that stimulation over the left and right sides of the brain can treat various mental illnesses.
When is TMS used?
Antidepressant medications and psychotherapy are usually the first treatments for major depression. These treatments, however, do not work for everyone. In these instances, TMS may be an effective option to augment antidepressant medications and psychotherapy. Patients who have not experienced a good response from antidepressants, or who are unable to tolerate medications, might consider TMS therapy.
What to Expect
You'll sit in a
wearing ear plugs,
with the magnetic coil
placed against your
When the machine is
turned on, you'll hear
clicking sounds and
feel tapping on your
The procedure will
last about 25
minutes, and you'll
remain awake and
After each treatment,
you can return to
your normal daily
Who Is NOT a Good Candidate for TMS?
Patients with any type of non-removable metal in their heads (with the exception of braces or dental fillings), should not receive TMS. Failure to follow this rule could cause the object to heat up, move or malfunction, and result in serious injury or death. The following is a list of metal implants that can prevent a patient from receiving TMS:
- Aneurysm clips or coils
- Stents in the neck or brain
- Deep brain stimulators
- Electrodes to monitor brain activity
- Metallic implants in your ears and eyes
- Shrapnel or bullet fragments in or near the head
- Facial tattoos with metallic or magnetic-sensitive ink
- Other metal devices or object implanted in or near the head
Tell your doctor if:
- You're pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
- You're taking any medications, including prescription or over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, vitamins or other supplements, and the dosages.
- You have a history of seizures or a family history of epilepsy.
- You have other mental health disorders, such as substance misuse, bipolar disorder, or psychosis.
- You have brain damage from illness or injury, such as a brain tumor, a stroke or a traumatic brain injury.
- You have frequent or severe headaches.
- You have any other medical conditions.
- You've had prior treatment with TMS, and whether it was helpful in treating your depression.
Cost and Coverage
TMS therapy for depression and OCD* is covered by most major insurances. Call your insurance company or schedule an initial consultation to determine if insurance coverage is available for you.
Since we are not contracted with every insurance company nor is every condition covered, patients are allowed to self-pay.
*All other conditions mentioned will be evaluated and, if approved, can be treated on a self-pay basis.