How long does TMS treatment last?
In order to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment, a weekly questionnaire will be conducted during one of the sessions. The TMS technician will ask you questions relating to your symptoms of depression, as well as any physical symptoms.
These answers will be recorded and used in a review process in order to ascertain if there is any improvement each week. Should there be no improvement after 3-4 weeks, it may be necessary to adjust aspects of the treatment, such as length of sessions, frequency of sessions or position of the coil.
You will typically receive daily sessions, 5 days a week (Monday to Friday), for 20-50 minutes, for several weeks at our TMS therapy center in Phoenix, AZ. It may take 3-4 weeks before you start to experience the benefit of the therapy.
Who is it not for?
TMS is not recommended for everyone. If you have any of the following then it is recommended that you find an alternative treatment:
- Epilepsy or a history of seizures
- Serious neurological disorders
- Head injury
What are the side effects of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?
One of the main benefits of TMS therapy, other than its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of depression, is that it doesn’t have any significant side effects. The most common side effect of TMS is a headache during or after the session.
What are the advantages?
TMS treatments are pain-free, and side effects are rare. It is non-invasive, and it does not require any form of sedation or anesthesia.
There is no need to discontinue your medications while receiving TMS therapy and it can also be used in conjunction with other therapies.
Patients who have undergone a course of TMS therapy report positive effects for a few months after the cycle of sessions has been completed. In some cases these positive effects are reported over one year later.