FAQs About TMS Therapy

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-approved therapy for treating mood disorders. Magnetic pulses are delivered to regions of the brain affected by mood disorders. TMS is safe, effective, and in most cases covered by insurance, depending on condition.

TMS is FDA-approved and covered by most insurance companies, depending on your condition. Please call The Mood Center at (443) 940-MOOD for more information.

Yes, TMS therapy is covered by most health insurance plans, for approved conditions. For more information, please call The Mood Center at (443) 940-MOOD (6663).

The FDA has approved TMS therapy for depression treatment. Studies and clinical trials show it to be safe and effective. TMS therapy requires zero medications.

However, all medical interventions carry some risks. Medical professionals, counselors, family members, and friends should monitor patients for any signs of worsening symptoms or thoughts of suicide.

2 out of every 3 patients reported a substantial decrease in symptoms one year after TMS therapy. Most patients require maintenance treatments to maintain optimal results.
TMS therapy delivers magnetic pulses to a specific part of the brain affected by mood disorders. These short magnetic pulses stimulate brain cells in these regions, easing symptoms.

Only 5% of people who tried TMS therapy stopped treatment because of their side effects. The most common side effect reported is scalp discomfort.

We recommend patients take an over-the-counter pain reliever prior to each treatment in the event of any minor side effects.

Yes. TMS is safe and should not interfere with medications.
On average patients receive TMS therapy for 18 minutes per day, five times per week for about six to seven weeks. The initial mapping session lasts approximately 37 minutes.

No. Although both are proven depression treatments, TMS and ECT and not the same. Even in its most refined form, ECT requires implanting electrodes in the scalp in order to send electric currents to the brain. TMS is a drug-free, 100% non-invasive therapy with little to no side effects and is a preferred choice for most patients.

Patients stay awake during the duration of their TMS session and can drive themselves to and from their treatments.