Sometimes, the best option to treat depression isn’t medication, but rather a non-medication approach called Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. TMS is an entirely non-invasive procedure widely used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
TMS creates a magnetic field whereby a tiny electric current is induced in a specific part of the brain. The current is generated by the magnetic field created by an electromagnetic coil delivering pulses through the scalp. Treatment with TMS does not require sedation and is virtually pain-free.
Typically, TMS treatment is performed four to five times per week for several weeks. Sessions usually last about 40 minutes. If you feel that the medication you take to manage your depression isn’t helping, talk to your doctor, and see if TMS may be right for you.
Although it is an FDA approved treatment, not all insurances cover TMS treatment yet. For questions about TMS, its cost or payment, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at (602) 362-2983.