When you’re diagnosed with major depression, you turn to psychological and medical treatments to improve your symptoms and help you return to a thriving life. But if medication doesn’t help, it’s time to consider transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) at Texas Mind Science in Richardson and Flower Mound, Texas. They offer TMS therapy for numerous mental health problems and pain syndromes. Of those, most insurance companies cover TMS for depression, PTSD, anxiety, and chronic pain. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices or use the online booking feature.
TMS is a noninvasive treatment that uses safe magnetic pulses to stimulate electrical activity in your brain. The treatment precisely targets areas of the brain where neurons are underactive, a problem that causes chemical imbalances and leads to mental health disorders.
The magnetic pulses boost nerve activity, improve communication networks in the brain, and rebalance brain chemicals. These changes can significantly reduce symptoms associated with mental health problems and chronic pain syndromes.
The team at Texas Mind Science performs TMS treatments using the CloudTMS™, a cloud-based repetitive TMS machine in which you can access your practice data securely from the cloud.
The CloudTMS machine is FDA-cleared for treatment-resistant depression. Treatment-resistant or refractory depression occurs when your depression doesn’t improve with antidepressant medication.
In addition to treating depression without medication, the team at Texas Mind Science uses TMS to help patients with:
TMS may also improve the multiple aspects of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
When you go in for your first TMS session, you relax in a comfortable treatment chair while your provider determines your optimal TMS strength and where to place the TMS coil against your head.
After the calculations are finished, they’re put into the CloudTMS computer so the system is already set for your next treatment. After your provider puts the coil next to your head, the CloudTMS machine proceeds to create magnetic pulses that travel into the targeted area of your brain.
Your session lasts 20-40 minutes. During that time, you hear loud clicking and feel light tapping, but TMS sessions are never painful. TMS doesn’t affect your cognitive abilities, so you can drive yourself home and get back to your normal schedule as soon as your session is finished.
The best TMS results are achieved with a series of treatments. For most patients that means five sessions per week for 4-6 weeks.
TMS is generally well-tolerated. The most common side effects are headaches and scalp discomfort. These side effects improve shortly after your session is finished, and they typically diminish over your next few TMS treatments.
If needed, you can treat your headache with over-the-counter pain medications. If your headache persists, your provider at Texas Mind Science can temporarily reduce the pulse strength to ensure your comfort.
To learn more about TMS or to schedule an appointment, call Texas Mind Science or use the online booking feature.