TMS Therapy for Depression

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy

To find out if TMS Therapy is right for you, call 866.852.4001.

This in-person service will not be available until we are able to reopen our Traverse City Clinic.

How does TMS work?

TMS therapy consists of a series of brief, electromagnetic pulses (similar to an MRI machine) that are delivered to the part of the brain associated with depression and mood.

The electromagnetic pulses pass through the skull directly to the targeted area of the brain. These pulses have been shown to increase blood flow and stimulate neurons in underactive areas of the brain.

By repeatedly stimulating these areas of the brain, neurotransmitters are released. It is these neurotransmitters that are associated with the symptomatic relief of depression.

When should I consider TMS?

TMS is a very safe treatment. There is a rare risk of experiencing a generalized seizure (approximately 1 in 30,000 treatments or 0.003%).

Before being approved for TMS, one of our certified nurses will complete a thorough safety screen with you. There are some conditions
that prevent the use of TMS, such as seizure disorder or metallic implants in the brain such as aneurysm clips or coils.

Does TMS have side effects?

The most commonly reported side effects are scalp discomfort at the treatment site and a mild headache that may be relieved with an over-the-counter pain medication.

Does TMS therapy require hospitalization?

No. TMS is primarily provided on an outpatient basis.

What needs to be completed before I start TMS?

Before beginning TMS, your psychiatrist will work with you to determine if TMS is a good option for you. If it is a treatment option for you, your psychiatrist will write an order for TMS therapy. In addition to the order and referral, we will also need a list of all medications you are currently taking and those you have tried.

TMS education will be provided to you. Your insurance plan and payment options will be discussed. You will be scheduled for a consult with a TMS credentialed psychiatrist and have your questions answered.

When is TMS given?

An acute series of TMS is given three to five days each week for four to six weeks. At the end of a series our staff may recommend a gradual tapering schedule for the last few treatments.

May I take my medications before treatment?

You may continue to take your medications as prescribed throughout your TMS therapy. It is important for our nursing staff to be aware of any new medications or changes in your medications, as certain medications may interfere with your treatment. There may be circumstances when medications you are taking could influence the effectiveness, side effects and tolerability of the treatments, in which case we will work with you to adjust your medications accordingly.

What happens at treatment?

During your first treatment, you will be comfortably reclined in the treatment chair while a TMS credentialed psychiatrist takes several measurements to identify the precise location to be used to place the magnetic coil on your head. Magnetic pulses will be used to find this location. You will feel a tapping sensation on your scalp from these magnetic pulses. You will be asked to wear earplugs for your hearing protection as the TMS pulses create a loud clicking sound similar to an MRI machine. This first visit takes approximately 1.5 hours.

Subsequent treatment sessions last approximately 45 minutes. The TMS chair will be adjusted to the same position as your first visit, while a TMS certified nurse positions the magnetic coil in the precise location determined by the psychiatrist on your first visit.

Your head must remain still during your treatment session but you are free to relax. You may choose from our selection of vintage movies, TV shows and nature documentaries. You may also listen to music, read or talk with your nurse. The nurse will be present throughout the treatment.

Are there restrictions after treatment?

No. After each treatment you can drive and resume your normal activity.

Is TMS Right For You?

TMS is a wonderful option for those individuals who suffer with depression.

Contact us today please by calling the clinic or completing the form below to see if you are a candidate for TMS.

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Most insurance policies cover the cost of TMS Therapy.

To find out if TMS Therapy is right for you, call 866.852.4001.

“Seven months ago, I was so depressed I wasn’t able to function. After six weeks of TMS therapy, I was back to work; I was enjoying my kids again and I had my life back.” – A patient

To schedule a new outpatient appointment, call 866.852.4001.