Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
What is TMS?
According to the National Institute on Mental Health, over 21 million Americans have experienced at least one major depressive episode. Approximately 30% of these
individuals experience chronic or treatment-resistant depression, which is where TMS can help.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is designed to stimulate the identified brain cells (neurons) and release neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) to improve connectivity. Through using painless magnetic pulses, TMS has been shown to normalize brain function and establishes greater mood control.
How is TMS different?
Traditional medications, such as tablets or capsules, have been around since the 1980s and simply don't work for everyone.
According to research, the likelihood of remission actually declines after multiple failed medication trials.
Unlike traditional medications, TMS solely focuses on sending magnetic pulses to the identified areas of the brain. Whereas traditional medications have a systemic affect that can lead to possible side effects, such as weight gain, sleep disturbance, and sexual dysfunction.
With more than 10,000 treatment preformed in clinical trials, the most common side effect of TMS was temporary scalp discomfort.
Length of treatment
Sessions Per Week
Minutes Per Session
Is there recovery time?
There is no down time!
You drive yourself to and from appointments and, after,
go on about your day!
What is TMS like?
Sit back & enjoy your 19-minute session! Three days per week,
we will have you watch videos
to learn coping skills to use following treatment.
Does it hurt?
Approximately 5% of patients notice some discomfort or mild headaches in the beginning of treatment.
Is it safe?
Those with ferromagnetic metals within 30cm of the treatment
coil are ineligible for TMS.
Prior to starting treatments, a psychiatric consultation will be completed to ensure safety.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it work?
Studies show that 2 in 3
depressed persons will show improvement of symptoms,
while 1 in 3 depressed persons
will have remission of symptoms.
How do I get started?
Talk with your provider
Step One: While building rapport with your ongoing clinician, eligibility for TMS will be considered based on individual history of therapy and medication use.
Consult with Dr. Wilson
Step Two: After determining eligibility for TMS, you will meet with Dr. Wilson to review your medical history, ensure safety, and have all questions answered.
Insurance & scheduleing
Step Three: After determining safety and eligibility, the treatment team will work to confirm insurance eligibility (approval takes approximately 1-2 weeks) and schedule!