Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a medical procedure sometimes used to treat severe cases of depression that don’t respond to therapy or medication. TMS may also be considered as treatment for depression in people who want to avoid taking antidepressant medications.
What does it involve?
TMS involves using magnetic fields to stimulate the mood centers of the brain. The magnetic pulses used during TMS are similar to those emitted by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. The patient is awake and seated during the procedure. The TMS machine is noisy, so it is important to wear earplugs during the treatment. It is normal to feel some clicking and t... read more