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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does TMS work?
    TMS is a brain stimulation technique that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. During a TMS session, a coil is placed on the scalp, and a magnetic field is generated, which passes through the skull and into the brain. The magnetic field induces electrical currents in the neurons of the brain, which can alter the activity of the neurons in the targeted area. TMS is typically administered in a series of sessions over several weeks, with each session lasting about 30-60 minutes.
  • How does TMS differ from Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?
    TMS and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) are both treatments for mental health disorders that involve the use of electrical currents or magnetic fields to stimulate brain activity. However, there are several differences between TMS and ECT: Mechanism of action: TMS uses a magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, while ECT uses electrical currents to induce a seizure in the brain. Anesthesia: ECT is typically administered under general anesthesia, whereas TMS does not require anesthesia. Side effects: ECT can cause significant side effects, including memory loss and confusion, while TMS typically has fewer side effects and is considered to be a safer alternative. Treatment duration: ECT is usually administered 2-3 times per week for several weeks, while TMS is typically administered daily for 4-6 weeks. Indications: ECT is typically used to treat severe depression, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric conditions that have not responded to other treatments, while TMS is mainly used to treat depression and OCD.
  • Are there any side effects associated with TMS?
    TMS is generally considered a safe and well-tolerated treatment option for various neurological and psychiatric conditions. However, like any medical procedure, TMS can cause side effects. Some of the most common side effects of TMS include: Headache: This is the most common side effect of TMS, which usually resolves within a few hours after the treatment. Scalp discomfort: Some people may experience mild to moderate discomfort or pain on the scalp during the treatment, which can be relieved with medication. Tingling or twitching: Some people may experience tingling or twitching sensations in their face or limb muscles during the treatment. Seizure: Although rare, TMS can trigger a seizure in people who are susceptible to seizures. Hearing loss: TMS can cause temporary hearing loss or ringing in the ears due to the loud clicking sound produced by the magnetic coil. Cognitive changes: Some people may experience mild cognitive changes, such as difficulty concentrating or memory problems, after TMS treatment. It is important to note that the side effects of TMS are usually mild and temporary, and they usually resolve on their own without any medical intervention.
  • Who Should Not Get TMS?
    Patients with any type of non-removable metal in their heads (with the exception of braces or dental fillings), should not receive TMS. Contact our office
  • What is a typical course of treatment with TMS?
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