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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) uses magnetic fields to stimulate the brain to release neurotransmitter. This procedure is used to treat depression that has been resistant to other treatments. This procedure is noninvasive & performed under the supervision of a medical professional.

TMS Self Assessment Tool

Information Regarding Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

How does it work? Is it safe?

An electromagnetic coil is used to deliver a magnetic pulse in the parts of the brain that play a role in causing depression and mood control. The magnetic pulse is delivered painlessly through the coil. The pulse is sent to target sections of the brain that are negatively impacted by depression. The procedure is safe for those that qualify to receive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment.

How do I know if TMS therapy is right for me?

There is a number of conditions and illnesses that can be treated using transcranial magnetic stimulation. This treatment is primarily used for children, teenagers, & young adults that suffer from mental illnesses, including:

A psychiatric and medical evaluation will be needed in order to see if you are a qualified candidate for treatment.

Reasons you may not qualify are:

  • Metal implants in your head
  • Cochlear implants
  • Facial or cranial tattoos with ink that contains metals
  • Neck or brain stents
  • Aneurysm clips or soils
  • Take stimulants
  • Have a history of epilepsy or seizures
  • Suffer from medical conditions that increase your likelihood of suffering from a seizure

Talk to your doctor if any of the above pertains to you before seeking TMS therapy. Braces and dental fillings are not affected by this therapy.

Patient undergoing TMS therapy

Always consult with your doctor before undergoing Transcranial magnetic stimulation to ensure this treatment is right for you.

Side Effects

Side effects from transcranial magnetic stimulation are very mild and not common. Patients who do experience side effects usually suffer a mild headache. No anesthesia is used for this therapy and no helmet is involved. You will be able to drive and continue with your day after the session.

What are Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation sessions like?

You will be seated comfortable in a chair. A technician will map out your symptoms in order to identify what areas of the brain will need treatment. TMS sessions take around 20 minutes to complete. They are done Monday through Friday and patients will undergo 36 sessions to complete a treatment. 

About Neurostar TMS

NeuroStar TMS LogoAt Arcara Personalized Psychiatry, we use NeuroStar’s TMS. Their machine is considered one of the industry’s best. It is non-invasive and easy to use. Patient’s will not have to worry about wearing a helmet, as NeuroStar uses a smaller more manageable handheld device. The doctor uses this device to administer the electromagnetic pulses for this treatment. No helmet reduces the discomfort patients would experience from other TMS machines. NeuroStar TMS treatments are quick and easy for patients.

To get started

If you have had unsuccessful experiences with anti-depressants or other forms of behavioral and psychological therapy, TMS could be the next step. If other medications have failed to relieve your symptoms or if you have been unable to tolerate the side-effects of such treatments, transcranial magnetic stimulation may be an alternative. 

If you would like to see if you qualify for this therapy fill out this form.

If you have questions or concerns, the professionals at Arcara Psychiatry will provide an in-depth consultation to determine if transcranial magnetic stimulation is the right treatment option for you.


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