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Maryland TMS Center

What is it?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a breakthrough treatment for Depression. It involves the use of an MRI-strength magnet to increase activity in specific parts of the brain which are inactive or poorly active in Depression.

How is it Used?
TMS is indicated for patients with Depression who have not seen a response from their medication treatment. Other patients who may benefit from TMS include those who cannot take medications or do not wish to take medications for their Depression. TMS treatments occur daily, Monday through Friday, for 4-6 weeks. Each treatment session is about an hour.

Is it Safe?
TMS is very safe. The most common side effects are mild scalp discomfort or a headache. 5% of patients will experience headache, but it is easily treated with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. While some patients choose to discontinue their antidepressant medications completely, TMS is safe to undergo while taking medications for Depression.

Is it Effective?
Yes! TMS has been shown to be superior to placebo in clinical trials. In addition, 54% of all patients who get TMS improve from their baseline, and 33% of patients will completely remit from their Depression during the 4-6 week treatment period. In addition, unpublished data indicates that the real life response rate may be much higher, and that the combination of TMS and medication can lead to a more robust improvement.

Where can I go for More Information?
Please contact our office at 410-757-2077 x8138 for more information on TMS, or to schedule an initial office visit to see if TMS is right for you. You may also e-mail  our TMS coordinator, Aleigh (aleigh.v@spectrum-behavioral.com), with any general questions about TMS. More detailed information on TMS can also be found at: www.MarylandTMSCenter.com