Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is brief medical procedure that works by stimulating the brain using advanced technology and without the use of medication. It uses magnetic energy to deliver the stimulation.
Advantages of TMS
The main advantage of TMS is that it does not require sedation or general anesthesia, which means there is no recovery time and patients can return to their usual activities immediately after the procedure. It also is as effective as medication therapy and often works when medications have not. It can be an excellent treatment options for individuals who cannot tolerate the side effects of psychiatric medications or have other medical conditions that increase the risks of taking such medications.
Conditions Treated by TMS
TMS is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of medication-resistant depression in adults. Substantial research and clinical practice suggest it is also safe in children and adolescents, and that it may also be effective for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction and certain types of hallucinations (such as hearing voices).
Course of Treatment
TMS involves a series of treatments given five days a week over a course of four to six weeks. Each treatment typically lasts about 40 minutes. Thanks to the Center’s start-of-the-art technology, we can off treatment times of about 20 minutes, which is roughly half that of other providers. This means less time away from work, family and friends.
Schedule a Consultation
The first step in the process is a consultation with Dr. Coffey and his team, during which they take into consideration each individual’s unique psychiatric and medical history and discuss the number of treatments likely to be most helpful.
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