Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
INNOVATION IN OUTPATIENT TREATMENT
Transcranial magnetic stimulation involves the use of very short pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. Since the late 1990s, physicians have used TMS to treat Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from antidepressant medications.
- TMS Therapy is proven and well-tolerated
- TMS Therapy is a non-drug, non-systemic alternative antidepressant
- TMS Therapy is an outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour
- TMS Therapy has no negative effects on memory or ability to concentrate
The Neuroscience Center at Lakeside provides TMS Therapy for the treatment of depression. This outpatient procedure is performed under the supervision of an attending psychiatrist while the patient is awake and alert. Most treatment regimens are administered for 4-6 weeks.
- In a multi-center, randomized controlled clinical trial, patients treated with active TMS Therapy experienced a 22.1% average reduction of their depressive symptoms, compared to a 9% average reduction of depressive symptoms in patients receiving inactive treatment.
- Patients treated with TMS Therapy also experienced significant improvement in anxiety and physical symptoms (such as appetite changes, aches & pains, and lack of energy) associated with depression.
- The lower the number of prior failed antidepressant courses, the better the clinical outcome of treatment with TMS Therapy.
For more information regarding TMS Therapy at Lakeside’s Neuroscience Center, or to schedule a no-cost confidential assessment, please contact the TMS Midsouth Neuroscience Center at 901-373-0996.