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.
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.
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.