For decades, people with depression have mainly have medications as the only option only to find that they stop working or have a lot of side effects.
Now there is an option that is stronger, with better results than medications. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive, non-drug treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression and other mental afflictions. It uses a magnet adopted from MRI technology to stimulate regions of the brain associated with the illness. TMS is typically used when other treatments haven’t been effective but can be used with medications are not an option or not desired. It is NOT ECT (Electroconvulsive Shock Therapy). It does NOT require anesthesia and has NO side effects.
TMS for Depression:
The treatment has up to a 6-8 times more potent effect where multiple medications have failed. TMS is a very potent treatment for Severe Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). It is indicated for patients who have failed several drug treatments for their depressive disorder and have had no relief. It activates regions of the brain that have decreased activity in people with depression resulting in alleviation of depression and preventing relapse. The effects are long lasting and much more powerful than that of medications alone. We regularly see a dramatic improvement in the first few weeks of treatment. The treatment has been shown to have a ‘snowball effect’ where the symptoms of depression improve even after the completion of the treatment.
TMS for OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
OCD can be a very debilitating illness for which historically there have not been many effective treatments. TMS with Brainsway is the only demonstrated effective treatment for OCD and has been cleared by the FDA.
What is the treatment like?
Typically, you will need a daily session, 5 days a week to between 4-6 weeks. A session lasts about 20 minutes. For some there is a slight discomfort on the scalp where the coil stimulates and a mild headache for the first week or so. For the vast majority, there are no side effects. The best side effect of the treatment is the improvement in the depression.
Off-Label or Non-FDA approved TMS indications:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Schizophrenia (Negative Symptoms)
- Smoking Cessation
- Post Stroke Rehabilitation
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Solace has offered TMS treatment since 2012 and was one of the first providers in the Tampa Bay Area. We have worked with the Neurostar System since 2012 but switched to the BRAINSWAY system in 2019. We are one of the few practitioners to have upgraded to the new system in the Tampa Bay Area and the ONLY one that has the OCD coil in two of our locations.