What is TMS?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a revolutionary breakthrough in the treatment of depression.

 What is TMS Therapy?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

TMS Therapy is FDA Approved and is a Treatment Option For Depression that has high success rates.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a technological breakthrough in the treatment of Major Depression. Cleared for use by the FDA in October 2008, TMS is a non-invasive, non-systemic treatment that utilizes MRI strength magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain known to be hypoactive in patients with depression. TMS is a proven and highly successful treatment for Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication. 

TMS is an effective alternative treatment for Major Depressive Disorder and because TMS is non-systemic (not absorbed throughout the body as medications are), patients may resume their normal daily activity after treatments.

No sedation is necessary prior to TMS treatment and side effects are minimal. Some patients may experience slight pain or a headache near the area of treatment. If patients experience discomfort, they can take an over the counter analgesic such as ibuprofen or Tylenol.

Since no anesthesia is needed, patients are awake and alert during the treatment. They can easily resume normal activities afterward. Each TMS treatment session lasts between 20 to 30 minutes and are typically given 5 days a week for 6 weeks, followed by a 2-3 week taper period.

Many commercial health plans as well as Medicare cover TMS treatments. If you are a candidate for TMS, our office will contact your insurance company and request prior authorization on your behalf. All potential TMS patients must undergo an in-office psychiatric assessment prior to initiation of treatment.

To schedule an appointment for a TMS assessment, please call our office at 614-580-6917.

Facts about Depression

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Roughly 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression every year.
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Symptoms of depression include poor sleep, decreased pleasure in activities that people usually enjoy, feelings of hopelessness, poor energy, poor concentration, poor appetite, decreased physical activity or even thoughts of wanting to die.
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Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse, or poverty may make people who are already susceptible to depression all the more vulnerable to the illness.
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There are interrelationships between depression and physical health. For example, cardiovascular disease can lead to depression and vice versa.
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The World Health Organization estimates that depression will be the 2nd highest medical cause of disability by the year 2030, 2nd only to HIV/AIDS.
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Over 8% of adolescents in the United States suffer from depression at a given time.
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Women are 2 times as likely to suffer from depression than men.
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Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
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Depression affects all people regardless of age, geographic location, demographic, or social position.
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People who are depressed are more prone to illnesses like colds than non-depressed people.
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1 in 4 young adults will suffer an episode of depression before age 24.
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Many creative individuals experienced depression, including Ludwig van Beethoven, John Lennon, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent van Gogh, Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sylvia Plath.

Emerald’s Response to “Responsible Restart Ohio” Protocols

Please note that as of April 28th, ALL PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENTS AND THERAPY/COUNSELING APPOINTMENTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE DONE VIA TELEPSYCHIATRY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TMS TREATMENTS, WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO BE DONE IN OUR OFFICE. Although some types of medical encounters/procedures will be “restarting” in the coming weeks, it has been made clear that any work that can be done remotely, should continue to be done remotely. Our patients have reported overwhelmingly positive responses to our telepsychiatry services. We will continue to practice recommended social/physical distancing at this time through telepsychiatry appointments, other than TMS treatments. Emerald will continue to monitor any changes in recommendations from the state of Ohio and will update this section as necessary.