TMS treatment - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
What is TMS?
TMS is a non-invasive method of brain stimulation that uses magnetic technology taregeted towards the area of the brain involved in mood regulation.
rTMS is FDA-approved for the treatment of depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 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 15 minutes. A course of TMS treatments is usually between 6-9 weeks, depending on the individual’s condition and response.
On October 25, 2019, TMS Treatment was featured on CBS This Morning as a part of their special, "Stop the Stigma: A Conversation About Mental Health." Reporter Jamie Yuccas takes a look at how this alternative treatment is changing lives. Click below to play the video or open in YouTube.
Within days of starting TMS, I began to feel better. By the time I finished the treatment series, I smiled and meant it, experienced a genuine happiness that I couldn't remember feeling before and finally felt the once insurmountable weight was lifted from my shoulders. People kept noting the changes in my energy, sense of humor and overall mood, questioning why I was so happy. Friends and family immediately noticed the changes in my voice, interactions and the way I carried myself. I no longer isolated, avoided phone calls and started attending functions without feeling totally exhausted at the end.
I completed my TMS treatments almost seven months ago. Words cannot accurately describe how much my life has changed and improved. For the first time in my adult life, I don't take any psychiatric medications. I lost 70 pounds. I'm a totally different mom, daughter, sister and friend, and I feel good about myself and where I am in my life. I can actually say that I am living now and not just surviving. Every day isn't perfect, but each day is a blessing and miracle. I have a new tool in my arsenal if my depression returns. TMS gave me back my life, a life I never thought possible. I hope others will learn about and consider this treatment option if they are experiencing a similar level of depression. I'm living proof things can get better and that there is still hope, even after losing all hope."
“The TMS treatments have really helped ease the depression”
After 36 sessions of TMS I can defiantly tell there has been a change in number of incidents of severe depression I'm experiencing every month and their severity. I'm a military veteran suffering from PTSD and I also have debilitating chronic tinnitus. Between the PTSD and anxiety/ depression caused by the tinnitus my mental health was being dragged through the mud. The TMS treatments have really helped ease the depression and the stress it was causing in my life. I was also able to back off the medications that were causing their own problems and side effects. I'm grateful to the TCBH Team and all they've done for me, outstanding service every visit.
“TMS is amazing”
What can I say, TMS is amazing. I have always hated meds if I can avoid them and antidepressants are one of the worst for side effects. I talked to my psychologist and a psychiatrist and decided to try TMS. There are no side effects and the results are more than expected. Friends have repeatedly said they can see the difference it has made. I feel better most of the time. I don’t consider hurting myself (which I have done in the past). I enjoy life and I don’t have to take a pill. Yes, there is a commitment to start out but once that is done there is only the need for an occasional refresher. In other words, it’s worth a try if you have taken meds and whether they work or not this is a great alternative.
“TMS is the best money I've spent in my life”
I've just completed a series of TMS treatments and after decades of a miserable existence I am myself again. There's a lot of work ahead rebuilding the habits and patterns of a normal life and finally I can't wait to get started. TMS is painless, quick, and the best money I've ever spent in my life.
“TMS Can Change Your Life!”
I am 65 years old, and have suffered with depression my whole life, including several major depressive episodes, which resulted in voluntarily admitting myself to the hospital for inpatient psychiatric care. Because I was medication resistant, I finally decided to try ECT during my last hospitalization. Unfortunately, it only had a mild positive effect, so my depression was still severe. I was referred by Trident Hospital's outpatient hospitalization program to Tricounty Behavioral Health for a consult regarding TMS therapy. Everyone in this office has been so helpful, compassionate and understanding...from the front office staff, to Dr. Mari Asper and Mr. Pascal Bouquillard, the office manager, who also administers the TMS treatments. After talking with Mr. Bouquillard about TMS therapy, my initial anxiety was greatly relieved. He explained everything in detail and thoroughly answered all my questions. I decided to pursue TMS...I felt if I could undergo ECT, I could definitely try TMS! I have just finished all my treatments, and I can't even begin to express how much better I feel. I am so very thankful that I was given this opportunity. Mr. Bouquillard is very empathetic, knowledgeable and understanding regarding his patients ' needs, and his enthusiasm gives one hope. I had no pain or side effects from the treatments. I highly recommend anyone considering TMS to give it a try. My life is so much better now, and I will be eternally grateful for the quality of care I have received from everyone at Tricounty Behavioral Health!
I had a great experience at tricounty behavioral health. After years of poor results with medication that either didn't help or had too many side effects, alongside worsening depression and anxiety, I didn't have a lot of options. TMS was incredibly effective and helped me get to the point where I felt like a person again. I went through a referral from the VA and it is one of the best things I've ever done for myself . The staff here cares and works hard to make sure every session is effectively targeting depression. I cannot recommend more to anyone.