What is TMS?
A psychiatric breakthrough in treating depression, anxiety, and more. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation also called (TMS) is a noninvasive FDA approved medical procedure that uses painless magnetic pulses to help activate the natural function of the brain’s neurotransmitters. It stimulates your scalp, reaching the mood center of your brain to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments/medications haven’t been effective and has an amazing
TMS is non-systemic which means it does not go through your whole body like medication does. This means a huge decrease in side effects. Side effects of TMS are minimal and in most cases involve only discomfort at the treatment site and mild headaches. These usually subside within the first 2 weeks of treatment.
What to expect?
TMS is given in the office without sedation. You will be reclined in a comfortable spa chair and will feel a tapping session on your scalp throughout the duration of your session. You remain awake and alert the whole time and can enjoy a TV show, use your phone, listen to music, and gain support by speaking with your treating technician during your treatment. Treatment time varies from 16 minutes to about 40 minutes and is given once a day Monday – Friday for 6 weeks.
TMS is for you if:
Why Roots TMS?
Here at Roots TMS we are dedicated to providing the highest level of safety and support to our patients. We know how hard it is to fight depression and you are not alone. Our treatment team is here to help guide you on your journey to wellness.
Does TMS Work?
Approximately 50%-60% of people with depression who have failed to benefit from medications experience a clinical response with TMS. One third of these individuals achieve full remission. Although not always permanent as with any treatment for something with a high recurrence rate like depression, most TMS patients feel better for many months after treatment with an average length of at least one year. Many patients will come back for additional rounds of treatment, or remain on what we call maintenance treatments. For example, after completing a full round of treatment patients will continue to come 1x per month to avoid any relapse in mood.
Long term remission becomes less likely with each prescription medication attempt. Our TMS machine makes long term remission possible and unlike medication delivers the right dose to the right spot every time.
Is TMS Right For You?
Take This Health Assessment to Find Out
Little interest or pleasure in doing things?
Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless?
Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much?
Feeling tired or having little energy?
Poor appetite or overeating?
Feeling bad about yourself — or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down?
Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television?
Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed? Or so fidgety or restless that you have been moving a lot more than usual?
Thoughts that you would be better off dead, or thoughts of hurting yourself in some way?
How difficult have these problems made it to do work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people?
Optional, not included in final score but may help assess global impairment
Scores ≤4 suggest minimal depression which may not require treatment.
Functionally, the patient does not report limitations due to their symptoms.