tms for patients

Alternative treatment
for depression 
and OCD

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive therapy that works by sending short magnetic pulses to the areas of the brain that influence thoughts, emotions and behaviors. TMS has shown to be an alternative treatment for the symptoms of depression and OCD.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation

What is TMS

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain.

During the treatment, a small coil is placed on the patient’s head and painless magnetic pulses are sent to the targeted area of the brain. This stimulation can improve symptoms of depression and OCD.

TMS is a safe and well-tolerated treatment option that does not require any anesthesia or surgery. TMS treatment typically involves daily sessions over several weeks and patients can resume their normal activities immediately following each session.

If you have questions about TMS or whether it may be an appropriate treatment for you, speak with your healthcare provider.

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TMS for depression

Clinical depression (also known as major depression or major depressive disorder – MDD) is a common illness that affects around 5% of adults worldwide (according to WHO). Clinical depression is characterized long-term symptoms such as a depressed mood (feeling sad, irritable, empty for no reason), a loss of interest in activity and life general, poor concentration, feelings of excessive guilt or low self-worth, hopelessness, thoughts about dying or suicide, disrupted sleep, changes in appetite or weight and intense tiredness. If you are experiencing the symptoms of depression, know that you are not alone – help is available.  The most common treatment modalities for major depression are medication and counselling or psychotherapy – however, medication isn’t suitable for everyone, and counselling/psychotherapy is not always accessible. TMS treatment for depression stimulates neural pathways to help restore the emotional control center of the brain.

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TMS benefits

Non-invasive, no anesthesia

Allows for increased patient comfort, fewer side effects, and greater accessibility to treatment as it does not involve any surgical procedures or incisions.

Does not affect cognitive function

Allowing patients to continue with their daily activities immediately after treatment.

Series of pulsed magnetic stimuli to the brain

TMS’s side effects, such as scalp discomfort or headache, are mild and temporary. Tingling sensations, muscle twitching, or lightheadedness may also occur. These side effects resolve quickly and do not require specific treatment.

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Important information

Please note that any medical treatment or advice should only be provided by a qualified healthcare professional in a clinical setting.
If you have any concerns about your health or need medical advice, please consult your doctor or a licensed healthcare professional for proper diagnosis, treatment, and guidance. Do not attempt to use any medical equipment or medication without the proper training, supervision, and instructions of a qualified healthcare provider.
Please be aware that the information provided on this page is for general knowledge and educational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice or care.

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