What is TMS?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation, also known as TMS, uses magnetic pulses, similar in strength to MRI machines, to stimulate and alter the activity of nerve cells in underactive regions of the brain that are thought to control mood in order to relieve symptoms of depression.
TMS has been proven to be an effective treatment of major depressive disorder. The treatment is non-invasive, and does not require anesthesia. TMS is a drug-free alternative to antidepressant medication, and is offered to patients either not responding to their medication or who cannot tolerate the side effects.
Thousands of patients with depression in dozens of studies have shown that TMS is safe and effective. TMS has been shown to have over an 80% success rate in treating people with depression, with nearly 50% being depression free a year after treatment.