If you are struggling with depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or other mental health conditions that affect your quality of life, you may have heard of TMS treatment. But what is TMS therapy, and how does it work?
TMS treatment involves placing an electromagnetic coil on your scalp near your forehead. The coil delivers repetitive magnetic pulses that induce small electric currents in the brain. These currents activate or inhibit certain neurons. The stimulation lasts a few minutes and repeats several times per session.
Another study found that TMS can accelerate the effects of amitriptyline, an antidepressant treatment for depression. The results showed a significant reduction in depressive symptoms when patients received repetitive TMS with amitriptyline. Patients began reporting these improvements as soon as one week after their first treatment session.3
One randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that involved ninety-nine patients with OCD showed promising results. It tested TMS therapy targeting the medial prefrontal and anterior cingulate cortex, brain regions responsible for OCD symptoms. Patients who received TMS reported a significant reduction in symptoms compared to those who received the placebo TMS, with response rates at the one-month follow-up reaching 45.2% and 17.8%, respectively.4
Other conditions that may benefit from TMS include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, chronic pain, tinnitus, stroke recovery, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. However, more research is needed to establish the safety and efficacy of TMS therapy for these conditions.
Medical history can significantly affect coverage, as TMS is often for treatment-resistant disorders. For instance, some insurance providers may require patients to try various medications and psychotherapy first.
Advaita Integrated Medicine offers a variety of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders, including TMS therapy. Our experienced and certified clinicians deliver TMS therapy. We use state-of-the-art equipment and protocols for safe and effective sessions. Our team will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs and goals. We will also track your progress and adjust the stimulation parameters to optimize your outcomes.
We provide a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to ensure each person reaches their full potential. Other services we offer include psychiatry, psychotherapy, medication-assisted therapy (MAT), integrative wellness coaching, preventative primary care, and an intensive outpatient program (IOP).
If you are looking for treatment and live in the Triangle or surrounding areas like Apex, Clayton, or Wake Forest, AIM is here to help. We strive to help you achieve lasting relief from your symptoms and improve your quality of life. To learn more about AIM TMS therapy or schedule a consultation, contact us today.