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Is TMS Treatment Right for Me? Take the Quiz.

If you’ve already tried therapy and antidepressants without finding relief, TMS treatment might be right for you.

Is TMS Treatment Right for Me? Take the quiz.

Knowing which is the best treatment plan for you can be difficult. We’ve created this quiz to help you identify whether or not Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is right for you.

Please answer the questions in a way that most closely matches your honest response. Once you’ve completed the quiz, you will be provided with advice and next steps, but please be advised that this is not intended to replace a medical evaluation and custom recommendation for treatment.


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What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is used to treat patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatments and are seeking an alternative

TMS is the first and only non-systemic and non-invasive TMS device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of patients with major depression who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment. TMS uses a highly focused, pulsed magnetic field to stimulate function in targeted brain regions. The nature of the magnetic field allows it to pass through a patient’s hair, skin, and skull and into the mood-regulating area of the brain. This method allows for targeted stimulation, minimizing the stimulation of brain tissue not involved in mood.

TMS may be right for you if:

  • You still experience symptoms of major depression despite taking medication.
  • You have experienced side effects from medications.
  • You have switched medications at least once due to side effects or ineffectiveness.

How does TMS work?

TMS is a non-invasive medical treatment performed in a psychiatrist’s office. During the session, the patient is wide-awake while the treating clinician uses a treatment coil to deliver focused magnetic stimulation directly to the area of the brain thought to be involved in regulating mood. The magnetic field pulses of TMS are the same strength as those used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.

The nature of the magnetic field allows it to pass through a patient’s hair, skin, and skull and into the mood-regulating area of the brain. This method allows for targeted stimulation, minimizing the stimulation of brain tissue not involved in mood.

These magnetic pulses produce very small electrical currents. The amount of electricity created in the brain is very small and cannot be felt by a patient. These pulses stimulate function in targeted regions of the patient’s brain. Studies have shown that people suffering from depression have less activity in these areas of the brain. These small electric currents can cause the neurons (brain cells) to fire or become active and lead to the release of neurotransmitters (the brain’s chemical messengers). The repetitive treatments of TMS assist your brain in creating muscle memory to keep that part of that brain active releasing the neurotransmitters, and relieving the symptoms of depression.

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