Transcranial magnetic stimulation works by creating a brief but intense electric field that is directed through your scalp and into the outer layers of your brain. That electrical field places an electric current into the axons of the neurons in your brain, which passes those signals to connecting neurons.
Simply put, TMS stimulates the neurons in your brain that regulate your mood. The method was approved for use in treating depression in 2008 and has shown remarkable results for a range of psychiatric disorders.
TMS does not affect your skin or bones, and it’s a noninvasive approach that does not enter your bloodstream. TMS is a sought-after treatment option because it does carry any of the side effects that accompany drug therapy and does not require surgery.
This treatment approach uses specialized combinations of coils to deliver magnetic stimulation to a depth of 1.7 centimeters beneath your skull. Deep TMS is a FDA-approved treatment option for people who suffer from depression and have been unable to find relief through traditional approaches.
Deep TMS is an approved treatment method for:
Dr. Tendler was instrumental in the research that led to FDA approval of the BrainswayTM Deep TMS device, which is one of three different types of equipment used at AMHC to provide TMS therapy.
The first step in TMS therapy is a comprehensive consultation with your psychiatrist. They gather information on your medical history and counsel you on the risks and benefits of TMS.
If you are a candidate for TMS, your psychiatrist creates a treatment plan customized to fit your needs. During your TMS sessions, a technician is present from start to finish, and you are awake and alert the entire time.
As you progress with TMS treatment, your technician checks in with you on a daily basis to monitor for any side effects. During follow-up visits, your progress is charted, and any necessary adjustments in your treatment are made.