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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Psychiatrists located in Murray Hill, Midtown East, New York, NY

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

If you still struggle with depression despite therapy and taking antidepressants, it’s time to learn about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). NYC Psychiatric Associates, located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, specializes in advanced treatment using the BrainsWay Deep TMS™ device. TMS is a safe, noninvasive treatment that has helped many people overcome depression and other psychiatric disorders. Call the New York City office today or connect through online booking to request an appointment.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Q&A

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)? 

TMS is a noninvasive treatment that improves mental health symptoms by stimulating nerve activity in your brain. Brain wave imaging (electroencephalogram) shows that sluggish, under-functioning brain areas are directly associated with mental health disorders.

The TMS device sends safe, painless magnetic waves into the impaired area of your brain. The stimulation boosts nerve activity, increasing brain chemicals and communication, restoring balance, and reducing symptoms.

When would I need TMS?

TMS was initially approved for treatment-resistant depression (TRD). You have TRD if your depression doesn’t improve after taking at least two antidepressants. However, TMS also helps other mental health disorders, including:

  • Major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • MDD with anxious distress (feeling tense and restless and fearing a terrible event may occur)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Postpartum depression
  • Smoking addiction

TMS is not the first line of treatment. Your provider may recommend TMS if your mental health symptoms don’t improve after medication management and psychotherapy.

What should I expect during TMS treatment?

NYC Psychiatric Associates uses the BrainsWay® Deep TMS™ device. This device has a padded helmet that your provider places over your head. Electrical coils inside the helmet create a magnetic field and send repeated pulses into the targeted brain area.

Their patented coil design reaches deeper and covers a broader area, ensuring more nerves receive the stimulation needed to improve your mental health.

Most patients need daily TMS sessions for four to five weeks to achieve optimal results. Your TMS treatment only lasts 20 minutes, but you’ll be in the office for about an hour.

Does TMS cause side effects?

Clinical trials of BrainsWay Deep TMS prove it’s safe and seldom causes side effects. During your TMS treatment, you may feel a tapping sensation or hear clicking sounds, but earplugs help block the sound.

Some people experience scalp sensations or facial muscle twitches. These issues typically improve after a few sessions, or your provider can adjust the treatment strength to reduce side effects.

Headaches are the most common side effect. They usually respond well to over-the-counter pain relievers and disappear during your treatment.

TMS doesn’t affect your memory or cognitive ability, and you won’t need to limit your activities after leaving the office.

Call NYC Psychiatric Associates today to learn more about TMS. You can also request an appointment online.