WHY CHOOSE TMS?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a lasting treatment for depression that uses non-invasive magnetic pulses to stimulate the mood center of the brain. This creates an electric current that has consistently been shown to help patients with treatment-resistant depression who have not found relief from their symptoms with other therapies, such as antidepressant medications or psychotherapy.
TMS has been FDA-approved since 2008, and numerous clinical studies have found this state-of-the-art treatment to be:
Effective: The majority of patients experience relief within several weeks.
Lasting: Patients improve during treatment and continue to feel better after treatment is complete.
Non-Invasive: TMS is an outpatient treatment that uses magnets the strength of an MRI placed on the head.
Insurance accepted: Cigna and Johns Hopkins Health Care. We are in the process of credentialing with CareFirst and Aetna.
*All other insurances have the potential for a single case agreement, please contact our office for more information*
NO COST CONSULTATION: Meeting with a patient consultant to learn about the TMS therapy treatment process and begin the insurance paperwork.
EVALUATION: Meeting with Dr. Mattai to further investigate whether TMS is right for you.
FIRST APPOINTMENT: Dr. Mattai will identify the precise areas of your brain that control depression, and establish your unique treatment settings on the TMS device
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How is TMS different from other treatments?
TMS is very different from medications and talk therapy. Medications aren't as customizable - they may not work for genetic reasons and could cause moderate to severe side effects. Symptoms of depression can interfere with the comfort and effectiveness of talk therapy. TMS is targeted to the part of the brain that regulates mood, treating depression as its neurological source.
Does TMS affect my whole body, or just my brain?
The magnetic position and magnetic dose used in TMS therapy is customized to you during your first appointment. Side effects are oftentimes limited to the treatment site, such as headaches or toothaches, rather than the entire body.
Is TMS the same as ECT?
ECT induces a seizure and requires a hospital setting, anesthesia, and extended recovery time. ECT is associated with side effects like memory loss, mood changes, and nausea. TMS is a treatment applied directly to the specific area of your brain that regulates mood, requires no hospitalization, anesthesia, or downtime, and has minimal side effects like scalp discomfort, headaches or toothaches.