Are You Ready for a Brighter Tomorrow?
Are you looking for an alternative treatment for depression? Maybe the medications you’ve tried haven’t worked or maybe you just prefer a more holistic, non-drug approach. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS therapy) may be the treatment you are looking for. Speak with one of our mental health professionals today to see if TMS therapy may be the right option for you.
10%–30% of people who suffer from depression won’t see improvement with medication. Luckily, whether you’ve tried the medications and they haven’t worked or you simply want to try a non-medication approach, TMS is an alternative, non-drug treatment that can help.
Is TMS Right For You?
Are you a candidate for TMS therapy?
Most major insurance providers cover TMS with the following criteria. Please check with your insurance carrier to determine eligibility.
- Diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder
- 2-3 failed antidepressants
- Currently in psychotherapy or have been in the past
- No metal inside the head (although dental materials are okay)
- No cochlear implants
- Not in a current state of psychosis or active alcohol/drug abuse
TMS patients may see improvement of depression symptoms after just a few weeks of treatment – we consider those fast responders. For others, it may require a full 36 sessions to see their symptoms completely go away.
Roughly 50-60% of patients who have a history of depression and who have not seen improvement after trying medication see improvement of their symptoms after TMS therapy (Source: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-for-depression-2018022313335)
What is TMS therapy?
TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It is used to treat depression by stimulating the brain non-invasively using electromagnetic fields, similar to those produced by an MRI machine. During TMS Therapy, a magnetic field is administered in very short pulses to the part of the brain that research has demonstrated to be associated with depression. The typical initial course of treatment is about 37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.
Is TMS therapy a good alternative for patients who cannot tolerate the side effects associated with antidepressant medication?
TMS is non-systemic (does not circulate in the blood throughout the body), so it does not have side effects such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, dry mouth, sedation, etc. The most common side effects reported during clinical trials were headache and scalp discomfort – generally mild to moderate – occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment.
Is TMS therapy covered by my insurance?
It usually takes time for healthcare insurers to establish coverage policies for newly approved treatments such as TMS. However, many commercial and Medicare plans have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS Therapy and now cover TMS as part of their plans. Contact our office for a full list of insurance plans that cover TMS.
How does TMS therapy work?
The TMS Therapy system uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate the area of the brain that is thought to function abnormally in patients with depression. The magnetic field produces an electric current in the brain that stimulates the brain cells (neurons). This results in changes that are thought to be beneficial in the treatment of depression.
The Genesis Promise
As a mental health center, Genesis will do everything in our power, through TMS therapy and other means, to help you get well from depression. We will give you TMS treatment that is personalized for you, with the best technology and the support of a team of caring professionals. Our care team will give you the most up-to-date treatment we can possibly deliver. Our team goal is to make your treatment experience as comfortable as possible. The patient never loses control of how tolerable the treatment is. The feeling is like a tapping on the head and we affectionately call it the electronic woodpecker – well, because it can feel like that – but the intensity of it is always under the control of the patient.
“Rediscover the color of life.” – Magstim