Can TMS Hurt You?

How successful is TMS?

Most TMS providers find that TMS has a success rate at between 70% or 80%, meaning that the vast majority of individuals find significant relief after treatment.

About 50% of people experience complete remission, meaning that the symptoms of depression are absent after just one course of treatment..

Is TMS a hoax?

Across many research and clinical studies on TMS, there has been no evidence of TMS being an unsafe form of therapy. TMS Treatment is well tolerated by most patients and has not shown evidence of severe or adverse effects in patients.

Who is a good candidate for TMS?

TMS is best suited for patients who have struggled with depression and have not experienced relief from antidepressants, or those who have not been able to take antidepressants due to intolerable side effects.

Can TMS affect memory?

Does TMS cause memory loss? No, TMS Therapy was systematically evaluated for its effects on memory. Clinical trials demonstrated that TMS Therapy does not result in any negative effects on memory or concentration.

Does TMS help with anxiety?

Because TMS is rather new, it’s often used to treat anxiety when other types of treatments have failed, such as medications. However, TMS is an innovative treatment that shows promising results. TMS therapy may not eradicate your anxiety, but it can reduce your symptoms and allow you to live a better quality of life.

Is TMS long lasting?

In many cases a 4-6 week treatment regimen will provide remission that lasts for about six months or longer. Occasional TMS maintenance sessions are sometimes needed to prolong remission. Some patients may be placed on a post-TMS schedule of one session per month for a specified period of time.

Can TMS make you worse?

A 2011 trial showed that when administered to individuals with panic disorder, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) caused higher anxiety levels. However, there is not evidence that TMS makes anxiety worse for most patients.

What are the side effects of TMS?

Common side effectsHeadache.Scalp discomfort at the site of stimulation.Tingling, spasms or twitching of facial muscles.Lightheadedness.

Can TMS change your personality?

TMS does not lead to memory difficulties or other impairments in thinking. It does not change a person’s personality, though when patients experience relief from symptoms of the depression, their ability to think and function typically improves.

Is TMS therapy permanent?

It is important to acknowledge that these results, while encouraging, are not permanent. Like most other treatments for mood disorders, there is a high recurrence rate. However, most TMS patients feel better for many months after treatment stops, with the average length of response being a little more than a year.

Why is TMS so expensive?

Historically, TMS was initially so expensive for a number of reasons. First, the cost of the machine was so exorbitant that most doctors could not afford to treat people for cheaper. Secondly, the first devices available to the public would charge the doctors between $60 – $100 per treatment.

How quickly does TMS work?

Compared to most antidepressants, which usually take about six weeks to show results, TMS works relatively quickly. Patients report changes in mood starting as early as the first week of treatment.