TMS Therapy is a new treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008, for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment. TMS stands for “transcranial magnetic stimulation.”
TMS Therapy is a treatment that can be performed in a psychiatrist’s office, under his or her supervision. TMS Therapy is:
- Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment
- Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the blood stream throughout the body
The typical initial treatment course consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 6 week period, followed by an additional 6 treatments spread out over 3 weeks, for an average of 36 total treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately 40 minutes.
TMS+YOU is an online community and national patient advocacy site for TMS Therapy. Those considering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can connect with patients who have had the treatment to answer questions, share insights, and get the latest information.