How TMS works
TMS works by using a magnetic field to stimulate targeted areas of the brain. The magnetic pulses modulate the activity of neurons in the targeted area, helping to improve your mood and ease the symptoms of depression.
During treatment sessions, you will be awake and alert. Your Geode provider will place a specialized magnet near your head and send magnetic pulses to specific areas of the brain. Patients will usually receive treatment five times a week for four to six weeks.
Side effects of TMS
TMS is generally well-tolerated, and most patients experience minimal to no side effects. The most common side effects include scalp discomfort and headache, which usually resolve once the treatment session is over. More serious side effects such as seizures are very rare. Patients can typically return to their daily activities immediately after the treatment session.
Is TMS safe?
Yes, TMS is FDA-approved for treating depression and has been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials. Patients generally do not experience any long-term side effects from TMS. As a non-invasive procedure, TMS does not require the use of anesthesia or other medications.
TMS is a safe and effective treatment option for those suffering from depression, including treatment-resistant depression. If you have not been able to find relief from your symptoms with other forms of treatment, such as antidepressant medications or cognitive behavioral therapy, TMS may be the right choice for you.
While most well-known for treating depression, TMS is FDA-approved for the following mental health conditions:
- Major depressive disorder (MDD), including treatment-resistant depression and anxiety symptoms associated with depression
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Smoking cessation
Studies have suggested that TMS may also be beneficial for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and other conditions, although these remain active areas of research.
Does Insurance Cover TMS?
Most major insurance carriers cover TMS, although the specific requirements vary from plan to plan. You may need a documented diagnosis of an approved condition, such as major depressive disorder. Your insurance provider may require that you have tried other treatments such as antidepressant medications and therapy without resolution of your symptoms.
To determine if your insurance policy covers TMS, contact your insurer directly or speak with a qualified Geode provider.
Find help for persistent depression with TMS
TMS can be a highly effective, life-changing treatment for those suffering from depression, especially when other treatments have not been successful. At Geode Health, we are committed to providing you with personalized care in a safe and supportive environment. Our team of professionals is dedicated to helping you find relief from your symptoms and improving your overall quality of life. Speak with your Geode Health provider to determine if TMS is the right option for you.