What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

TMS therapy is an innovative therapy in San Diego that can help people who struggle with major depressive disorder, even after taking antidepressant medication. TMS therapy helps activate the natural function of the brain’s neurotransmitters using a non-invasive magnetic field.

Given in our San Diego office setting without anesthesia, TMS treatments last about 30 minutes and are usually given 5 days a week for four to six weeks. TMS Magnetic pulses, generated by a coil, are used to stimulate specific mood centers of the brain.

Because TMS therapy is non-drug, people don’t experience side effects like those associated with antidepressant medications.

TMS is a breakthrough in the treatments of  Major Depressive Disorder because it offers real potential for long-term remission of symptoms.  As you can see in the TMS chart to the right, with standard drug therapy,  long-term remission becomes less likely with each prescription medication attempt. As antidepressant medication increases, so can side effects and the potential for depression treatment failure.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation TMS uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what is used in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine. While the patient is awake and alert, NeuroStar TMS Therapy stimulates areas of the brain that are underactive in depression.

Precisely targeted Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation TMS makes long-term remission possible, without the side-effects and decreasing the effectiveness of drug therapies.

TMS Treatment For Anxiety

TMS care can be used to treat symptoms other than depression by targeting different areas of the brain.  Research has shown that TMS can be helpful in reducing anxiety where other treatments such as medication or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have failed.  A brain without anxiety can regulate emotions, impulses, and behaviors by controlling the limbic system—the emotional center of the brain. If you suffer from an anxiety condition, like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), your brain is hyperactive in the amygdala. TMS treatment can reduce activity in the amygdala thus reducing your symptoms and allowing you to live a better quality of life.

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TMS is for Patients Who Have Not Found Relief After Several Antidepressant Medication Trials


Is TMS Safe?

TMS therapy in San Diego is well tolerated and has been proven to be safe in clinical trials.  The most commonly reported side effect related to treatment were scalp pain or discomfort during treatment sessions. These side effects were generally mild to moderate and occurred less frequently after the first week of treatment.


What is the Typical Course of TMS Treatment?

San Diego patients will typically receive TMS 5 times per week for 20-minute sessions, over 6 weeks.

Patients treated with TMS should receive treatment for a minimum of four weeks with additional treatments based on clinical judgment.  The length of treatment varies from person to person.

Will My Insurance Cover TMS?

Most major insurance carriers currently cover TMS in San Diego.  Several factors go into whether treatment will be covered. Otherwise, attempts will be made for reimbursement for treatments already received. Our TMS Coordinator will be able to assist in determining insurance coverage and request prior or retro-authorization.

Ready to Learn More about TMS?

Go to our TMS website to learn more about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Serving care in San Diego California

Call Us Now to Arrange a Free Consultation

Call us to find out how we can use our 30 years of experience to help you feel your best.

Contact our TMS Coordinator, Kayla Folwick, to arrange a free consultation to determine if TMS is right for you.

Kayla Folwick, TMS Coordinator




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