Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy stimulates nerve cells in your brain for better functioning if you have a mental health disorder, and it's entirely noninvasive. At Labyrinth Psychiatry Group in Cranford, New Jersey, the team of licensed mental health professionals provides safe TMS therapy to patients that have not experienced great results from psychiatric medications and psychotherapy alone. Call the office or book your appointment online for a TMS therapy consultation today. Telehealth appointments are also available.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS therapy is a therapeutic process that works by increasing or decreasing brain cell activity in targeted regions of the brain.
The treatment is non invasive because your brain cells are stimulated by electromagnetic pulses that are created by a powerful electromagnetic that sits comfortably on your scalp.
Typically, Labyrinth Psychiatry Group recommends TMS therapy in cases where psychotherapy and medications have not delivered great results. They might also use it if you experience side effects from psychiatric medications.
TMS therapy can treat OCD and depression that affect mental functioning and emotions. The Labyrinth Psychiatry Group team uses it for OCD and depression that they frequently diagnose after an extensive, advanced psychological evaluation.
TMS might be a part of your comprehensive treatment plan for:
TMS therapy won’t be an option for you if you get seizures or if you have any devices in your head, including deep brain stimulators, electrodes, cochlear implants, or even head tattoos with metallic ink in them. You should be sure to let your provider know if this is the case for you.
TMS therapy might sound a bit intimidating if you’ve never tried it before, but the team at Labyrinth Psychiatry Group can answer your questions ahead of time, so you know what to expect during treatment. After you remove any earrings or other magnet-sensitive items, you can start the procedure.
The Labyrinth Psychiatry Group team gives you a set of earplugs to wear before you start. Then, you can sit in a comfortable chair as your technician measures your head to personalize the machine’s settings and adjust its coil.
The coil goes in the front of your head so its impulses can reach the frontal lobe of your brain. The machine releases electromagnetic impulses that come with loud clicking sounds, which is why you want the earplugs. You feel a slight tapping sensation on your head from the coil, but it isn’t painful.
To get ideal results from TMS, you should come in for five 30-60 minute sessions each week for 4-6 weeks. The team gives you a more specific idea of the number of treatments you need after your initial evaluation. Treatments are between 19-39 minutes in length and have minimal side effects.
You may experience mild side effects, such as headaches, but overall TMS is extremely well tolerated. You can expect to drive yourself to and from your TMS treatment. There are no specific activity limitations after a TMS treatment, and you will be able to go to work or engage in some other productive activity immediately after your treatment is completed, if it is your desire to do so.
Treatment does not cause sedation and patients’ can drive to and from the treatment without a supportive person present. To learn more about TMS therapy and how it improves conditions like depression and OCD, call Labyrinth Psychiatry Group, or request an appointment online today.