What Is TMS Treatment?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-approved, pain-free option for treatment-resistant depression. TMS is recommended for clients who have tried multiple antidepressants and therapy with no success. My Psychiatrist offers TMS therapy in Oakland Park, Hollywood, Miami, and Boca Raton, FL locations.
TMS is a non-invasive approach that passes magnetic impulses through a specialized hat lightly placed on the scalp to “wake up” the chemicals in the brain which are known to improve mood. The procedure is covered by most insurances.
TMS Treats Depression
More than 14 million American adults suffer from major depressive disorder (MDD) annually. It’s the leading cause of disability in American people between the ages of 15 and 44.
When medications do not help reduce symptoms of depression, you may feel like you are out of options. TMS therapy can be the best option for your treatment-resistant depression. This FDA-approved treatment uses magnetic fields to stimulate the area of the brain thought to be responsible for mood disorders. Magnetic therapy is clinically proven to be effective, and it lacks the side effects common with antidepressants and electroconvulsive therapy. Providers at our South Miami, Sheridan, Oakland Park and Boca Raton outpatient psychiatric facilities offer the best treatment options for patients suffering from depression and other mental health disorders.
MDD can interfere with a person’s ability to eat, sleep, work, and/or socialize. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, long-lasting symptoms may include:
Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
Decreased energy or fatigue
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions, and sleeping
Weight fluctuations caused by loss of appetite or overeating
Thoughts of death or suicide
Restlessness and irritability
Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed.
What is a TMS Session Like?
It is a common misconception that TMS in Florida is a painful treatment. In fact, it is one of the simplest treatments for depression as well as being non-painful. The first thing you will do when you begin your TMS session is sit down in a comfortable chair and get settled. A pair of earplugs will be provided (as the machine can make loud sounds) and a magnetic coil will be placed on or around the area of your forehead.
The goal is to place the coil near the prefrontal cortex of the brain, where mood is regulated. Once placed, you will hear clicking sounds and may feel some tingling coming from the coil. All of this is normal and expected and none of it is painful. When the coil is on, it is working to stimulate nerve cells associated with mood to improve your symptoms of depression. After your TMS session is complete, you may resume your everyday activities as normal, as this procedure does not impact your ability to drive or anything such as that. TMS in Florida tends to continue for several weeks for anywhere from a few minutes to about 40 minutes per session.
Is TMS Right For You?
When medications do not help reduce symptoms of depression, you may feel like you are out of options. TMS therapy can be the best option for your treatment-resistant depression.
TMS does not require anesthesia, causes minimal to no side effects, and patients DO NOT have to stop taking their medications.
Our team consists of highly trained board-certified psychiatrists and clinicians who have years of clinical experience treating depression. They offer hope for the vast majority of patients who do not respond to conventional depression treatment.
Compare Our TMS Machines
There are two types of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Deep TMS and Repetitive TMS. My TMS offers both types of therapy at our Oakland Park, Hollywood, Miami, and Boca Raton, FL locations! Although they equally stimulate the brain’s prefrontal cortex (the area associated with depression), there are slight differences.
BOTH types are effective and covered by most insurances. The choice is simply based on patient preference!
MagStim’s Repetitive TMS
BrainsWay’s Deep TMS
Comparing Depression Treatments And Side Effects
TMS is designed for those who are clinically diagnosed with depression and have attempted to use four or more treatments for the condition to no or minimal effect. Select patients must have previously undergone clinical therapy for their condition and have no history of major neurological issues, such as strokes.
While receiving this painless outpatient procedure at My Psychiatrist, located in Oakland Park, Hollywood, and Miami, Florida, patients recline in a comfortable TMS chair. A small device will rest lightly on their head, directly delivering stimulation. Patients will be able to read, watch movies, rest, or talk to their clinician during this procedure.
My Psychiatrist’s TMS program in Oakland Park, Hollywood, and Miami, Florida consists of a team of highly trained psychiatrists and allied health professionals who have years of clinical experience treating depression. Together, they offer hope for the vast majority of patients who do not respond to conventional depression treatment. Our mission is to ensure the highest quality TMS therapy to maximize success for patients struggling with major depression, so they can live the full lives they desire.
Depression is commonly experienced by those suffering from substance use disorders. Our services include helping those with mental health dual diagnoses with substance abuse. My Psychiatrist also offers inpatient, outpatient, and telemedicine services for our patients to provide the best possible treatment options from our Broward County and Miami-Dade psychiatric clinic.