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."