TMS for Depression

About TMS Treatment

We are leaders in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and have offered the treatment since 2011. TMS is a safe, effective, non-drug, FDA-cleared treatment that uses gentle magnetic pulses to stimulate the brain, helping to better regulate mood in patients with depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and potentially other illnesses. Often, TMS is successful at helping treat depression in patients who have not been able to find relief through other methods (antidepressants and talk therapy). Learn more about TMS, and find out if it is right for you.

We wrote the book
on TMS... literally.

Our team authored the first TMS-specific workbook to help patients battling depression. As pioneers in this area, we have studied outcomes and concluded that using the workbook, along with TMS treatment improves patient outcomes. Hundreds of physicians and technicians have registered for our program. Click below to check it out.

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Learn more about TMS.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an engineering marvel shown to be an effective means to stimulate the brain non-invasively. In 2008, the FDA cleared it as a safe, effective, non-medication treatment for depression following decades of rigorous clinical testing. TMS has since been FDA-cleared for additional therapeutic uses, including treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and smoking cessation, with promise for even more indications in the near future. To learn the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about TMS, check out our TMS FAQ blog post.

How does TMS work?

For patients with depression, specific areas of the brain have been shown to be underactive, particularly those involved in mood regulation. TMS uses gentle magnetic pulses to stimulate these areas, which improves the brain's ability to regulate mood.

Is TMS right for me?

At NeuroScience & TMS Treatment Centers, we offer no-cost consult with our clinical coordinator to help talk you through the options and determine if TMS might be a good fit. Additionally, you can also take our quick screening questionnaire anytime to find out if TMS could help you.

If you've tried other depression treatments like medication therapy without success, there is still hope. Many of our patients have tried several types of treatment methods before they finally find success with TMS.

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Covered by most
insurance plans

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FDA-cleared, safe,
and non-drug

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Knowledgable and
experienced staff

We are the experts in TMS treatment.

As peer leaders in TMS, we recognize the importance of developing best practices as the benchmark for establishing outcomes-based guidelines and improving patient care. We also understand the significance of shared knowledge and we are passionate about educating our colleagues to benefit the TMS field. Our team is committed to helping our national and international colleagues with the practical application of TMS research. Our founder and CMO, Dr. Michelle Cochran, developed an educational course with the Clinical TMS Society (CTMSS) and serves as the Course Director. Because of her efforts on this course and other educational endeavors, she was awarded the CTMSS President’s Award. She has achieved the highest member honor bestowed by the American Psychiatric Association and the CTMSS, the Distinguished Lifetime Fellow, and Fellow of the Clinical TMS Society, respectively.

What are the stats
on TMS therapy?

Research reports clinical TMS for depression yields 60% response and 30% remission. Hovvever, in our office, we achieve much higher results. In fact, more than 70% of our patients reach remission from depression and more than 85% respond to treatment. We're able to optimize outcomes through the use of clinically-proven modalities, including combining TMS with cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral activation techniques from the Train Your Brain Workbook.

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TMS FAQs

Learn more about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in our blog post, TMS FAQs.

The acronym, TMS, stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. A TMS device uses an electromagnetic coil to generate a pulsed magnetic field. This pulsed magnetic field creates an electrical field in a small, superficial, part of the brain that has reduced activity in depression. The area of the brain that receives the electrical field propagates its activity in other deeper connected structures. Through repeated TMS treatments the brain learns (is trained) to continue the process, and recovers from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

Insurance will typically cover TMS treatment for depression, depression with comorbid anxiety, and sometimes OCD. Most insurance companies have developed their own criteria to assess whether a patient would qualify for the treatment. Most insurance requires an evaluation and prescription for the treatment with a psychiatrist. Some insurance required two or more antidepressant trials. However, other companies may require more antidepressant trials plus psychotherapy before agreeing to pay for TMS.

TMS is a very well tolerated procedure. This is one of the major advantages of TMS over trying more medications. The most common TMS side effect is experiencing a tapping sensation on the head at the site of the treatment. Sometimes this sensation creates a headache during or following the TMS treatment. Typically the side effect resolves within the first three to four days of care. There are very rare reports (<0.1%) of TMS causing a seizure during the treatment. However, most were associated with excessive alcohol use, sleep deprivation (less than 4 hours/24hrs), or with a history of a previous seizure disorder. TMS does not cause a seizure disorder (epilepsy).

TMS requires a time commitment, as the brain needs time to be retrained out of the depression. TMS is generally administered 5 days a week for 4-9 weeks with approximately six tapering sessions over the last few weeks. Treatments typically last between 18 and 35 minutes a day depending on unique patient determinants. There are no restrictions following the treatments, which means you are able to drive, work, or go about your regular activities after a TMS session.

Check out our blog.

We strive to educate, empower, and inspire patients to help them lead happier, healthier lives. Check out our blog for news and helpful information, expert tips, answers to some of your most frequently asked questions, and much more.

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Physician Recommended.
Patient Preferred.

Dr. Cochran at The Neuroscience and TMS center has served as my psychiatric care physician for the past 5 years. I have made tremendous progress while seeing her. She is attentive, thorough, and professional. I refer her to everyone I know in need of psychiatric care because I trust her and her staff completely. I am very thankful to be a patient of the Neuroscience and TMS center.

-CL

This hands down is the BEST doctor’s office I've ever been to. Not just on a psychiatric level, but just a medical setting in general. I love Dr. Becker and I'm beyond grateful that I found him. He is very personable and just one of the easiest people to talk to. And the front desk is great too and that goes a long way! So yes, 5 stars! I recommend this to anyone who needs to find a good and relaxed environment for psychiatry.

-MM

Mary is wonderful. She understands my medical condition and truly cares. She listens and comforts you in time of need. She is a true human being and doesn’t treat you like a number. She is very professional and knows her stuff.

-AC

Ali was amazing. We have searched for help for years for our son. It was nice for her to listen but then give great advice!! We are in the process of implementing her parenting plan and It is not easy but we can already see a difference!!

-ER

This was a great treatment for me. I have completed TMS therapy numerous times b/c I keep getting better and better. I suffered a traumatic brain injury and was steered towards TMS and it has helped me tremendously…This team knows what they are doing and I’m happy I had the opportunity to do this.

-JP

The staff are 100% committed to the clients’ health and well-being. They find solutions tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. If I could leave 10 stars, I would. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

-HH

Everyone from Dr. Becker on down has done an outstanding job. Professional and caring that is hard to find in medicine today and you guys provide both!! And, Emily is a real gem as the TMS tech.

-EPC, MD [VUMC]

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