Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a technological breakthrough in the treatment of Major Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, and other disorders. It is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment that has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in its Best Practices Guidelines as an effective treatment for depression. What is TMS? It’s a safe and effective outpatient treatment for individuals diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or similar disorders who have not experienced satisfactory improvement from antidepressant medication.
TMS is non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment. It is also non-systemic, meaning that it does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body. Side effects frequently experienced from antidepressant medications (i.e. weight gain, sexual dysfunction, tiredness, etc) do not occur with TMS therapy. TMS utilizes pulses of magnetic energy similar in strength to those produced by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines to stimulate areas of the brain known to control mood. There are no drug-related side effects, treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure in approximately 20 minutes, and it is covered by all major insurance providers, including Tricare.
In FDA clinical trials, 2 out of every 3 patients reported remission or a reduction in depression symptoms after completion of TMS Therapy. Subsequent studies have consistently shown 3 out of every 4 patients positively responding to TMS.
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