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TMS Therapy FAQs


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For the uninitiated, having questions on an alternative medical treatment is not at all unwarranted. In fact, we encourage our patients to ask as many questions as possible, since it more or less confirms that you have a vested interest in exploring the possibility of treatment. Not only does Brainhealth Solutions provide comprehensive, TMS therapy for patients, but a big part of our job is to educate our patients on the basics of treatment. We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions on the subject of transcranial magnetic stimulation. Here are the TMS Therapy FAQs.

TMS Therapy FAQs

As discussed previously in our ongoing blog series, TMS therapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation is an avant-garde method used to treat depression, anxiety, OCD, and a medley of other maladies. During treatment, a magnetic field delivers short pulses to the portion of the brain associated with these negative feelings.

What does a typical course of treatment look like?

TMS therapy is spread out in a multitude of treatment sessions. Each session could be about 20-40 minutes each, depending on the recommendation of your medical team. Typically, the treatment period can last up to 4-6 weeks. 

Can I continue to use antidepressants and other cathartic remedies like talk therapy?

Yes. As a matter of fact, TMS therapy can often and is usually used in tandem with remedies like talk therapy, use of antidepressants, and any other treatment that can address your physical and mental ailments. 

Who administers treatment?

TMS will always be prescribed and utilized by our presiding physicians with Brainhealth Solutions. Our medical professionals are all credentialed to perform treatment. A TMS physician will always be present to monitor a patient during an active treatment session.

Are there any known side effects?

TMS, across the board, is well-tolerated and associated with few side effects. Only a small percentage of patients discontinue due to side effects. One of the most common side effects is headaches. These are mild and usually dissipate over the course of treatment. 

Who is not a good candidate for treatment?

Patients with any type of non-removable metals in their heads should not receive transcranial magnetic stimulation. Anyone that does not comply with these stringent guidelines could suffer from serious injury or death. The following is a list of metal implants that can prevent a patient from receiving TMS:

  1. Clips or coils from aneurysms

  2. Stents in the brain or neck

  3. Deep brain stimulators

  4. Electrodes for monitoring brain activity

  5. Metallic implants in either your eyes or ears

  6. Shrapnel or bullet fragments in or around the head

  7. Facial tattoos with metallic or magnetic-sensitive ink

  8. Any other medical devices or objects implanted in or near the head

Who can reap the most benefits?

Current evidence suggests that patients who are less treatment-resistant, respond better to TMS compared to those who are highly-treatment resistant. Yet, there is still much to learn about certain variables that may impact response to treatment.

TMS Therapy in Irvine and Costa Mesa CA

TMS is one of the most sought-after treatments for a myriad of mental health ailments. Before scheduling your first session with Brainhealth Solutions, you must be evaluated by a member of our medical team to determine if treatment will be safe and effective for you. Contact us today to finalize your involvement! 

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