TMS in Depression
TMS is a safe and effective treatment for depression. It is particularly recommended for patients who did not respond to medication or other forms of treatment.
Scientific studies have shown that two out of three patients felt they benefited from TMS.
TMS can also be used for patients looking to lower the dose of antidepressant medication or for anyone hoping to cease taking medication entirely. This would be done under supervision of a doctor. Magnetic stimulation can therefore be an excellent way to support this transition process.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Depression and depressive disorders can be treated effectively with a combination of psychotherapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The benefits of magnetic stimulation are well-researched and scientifically proven as a treatment of depression. TMS can be fast-acting and may have minimal side effects. At Whitechapel Behavioral Services, we combine TMS depression treatment with psychotherapy. Studies have found clinically significant improvements in two thirds of participants who had been treated with a combination of TMS and psychotherapy for major depression. We can advise if this may be the right treatment for you.
Medication-Free, Highly Effective FDA Approved Treatment for Depression
- Uses magnets for targeted modulation of pre-frontal networks
- Non-invasive and well-tolerated
- No systemic side effects and safe
- No cognitive side effects
- Suitable for long-term treatment
TMS Treatment Plan
- Fast 19 minute in-office-treatment including 5 treatments per week for 6 weeks.
- You are awake and alert during treatment. No medications necessary during the treatment.
- Daily routine activities are possible immediately after treatment including driving.
Safe, Insurance Based, Medication-Free Alternative
- TMS is a non-invasive method of brain stimulation that uses magnetic technology targeted towards the area of the brain involved in mood regulation. TMS treatment has been approved by FDA since 2008 for patients with depression who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from one prior antidepressant medication at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode. It has also more recently been approved for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
- TMS has been demonstrated to be safe, well tolerated, and more effective than medications. It does not involve surgery. During treatment, patients remain awake and alert. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately after treatment.
- Treatments are typically five days per week on weekdays and last about 19 minutes. A course of TMS treatments is usually between 6-7 weeks, depending on the individual’s condition and response.
- Controlled clinical studies¹ applying TMS on patients for major depression showed that:
- Approximately 1 out of 2 patients experience significant improvement in depression symptoms.
- Approximately 1 out of 3 patients experienced complete symptom relief after the full TMS therapy.
- 1) Carpenter LL, et al. (2012). Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for major depression: a multisite, naturalistic, observational study of acute treatment outcomes in clinical practice. Depression and Anxiety, 29(7):587-596. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22689344.
- 2) Rossi S, et al. (2009). Safety, ethical considerations, and application guidelines for the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in clinical practice and research. Clin Neurophysiol, 120(12):2008-39. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19833552.
- It is currently covered by BCBS, Medicare, Aetna, United, Tricare, Humana, and Cigna.
- To start treatment, give the office a call and specifically request for a TMS intake appointment or have your psychiatrist/therapist/primary care doctor fax us a referral to (877) 576-6793.
- TMS treatment location: 141 N Oakwood Ave., Brandon FL 33510, wheelchair accessible and ample parking