Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
At StoneRidge Centers, we pride ourselves on offering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, as part of our comprehensive addiction and mental health treatment programs.
What is TMS and How Does It Work?
TMS involves the stimulation of the brain through gentle, pain-free magnetic energy applied via an electromagnet to the head. These magnetic waves cause neurons in the brain to fire, and when directed appropriately, can activate parts of the brain that regulate depressive symptoms.
First developed for use with patients who struggled with chronic depression that wasn’t relieved through medication or therapy, TMS is now widely accepted among the medical community. Practitioners are still developing new ways to use TMS to treat related conditions like anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
What is TMS Used For?
Research indicates that TMS is beneficial for managing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. In fact, studies into the many uses of TMS are ongoing. Because TMS does not involve complicated medical procedures or surgery, the treatment is an ideal fit for patients enrolled in both the outpatient and inpatient programs at StoneRidge.
Currently, TMS is FDA-approved for the treatment of major depression, and researchers are actively studying its application in many other mental health treatments
TMS at StoneRidge Centers
TMS treatment is available to all StoneRidge patients under the discretion of our medical director. If a patient is eligible for TMS treatment, they will receive daily treatments based on appropriate protocols.
We use TMS because we believe in its effectiveness as a treatment for depression and other related mental health challenges, including anxiety and addiction. By using this innovative electromagnetic-based therapy, we can carefully trigger individual areas of the brain responsible for mood, impulse control, organization, and more. We are excited about the evolving possibilities of TMS usage to treat mental health and addiction-related challenges and will continue to update our treatment modalities as new research becomes available.
Is TMS Safe?
The treatment is painless and involves only skin contact. Patients sit comfortably and receive pulses through a specially-designed cap that is mapped to the specific regions of their brain that will benefit from treatment.
Because TMS does not involve invasive techniques, patients should have little to no recovery period, though some may experience some tenderness in their forehead, a slight sense of discomfort, or a headache. While rare, TMS can produce more severe side effects in some patients, including seizures, so it’s critical that only patients approved by our medical director receive the treatment.
While TMS is not typically covered by insurance, StoneRidge offers all eligible patients treatment at no cost as part of both our outpatient and inpatient programs.
How Long Do TMS Results Last?
StoneRidge patients typically undergo 4-6 treatments before experiencing effects, which can include reduced anxiety and depression and improved impulse control. Because TMS directly stimulates neurons in the brain, results may occur faster or slower depending on each patient’s individual brain chemistry. At StoneRidge, we require all patients using TMS to do so in conjunction with ongoing treatment such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to ensure a full suite of therapeutic measures.
Benefits of TMS Therapy for Treating Mental Health and Addiction
TMS has been reported to help treat the following conditions:
- Anxiety: TMS can reduce anxiety through stimulation of the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.
- Addiction: TMS can help treat addiction through strengthening impulse control through stimulation of the dorsal-medial site of the brain.
- Depression: TMS can help lessen depression symptoms through stimulation of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. This treatment is FDA-approved.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): TMS can lessen OCD symptoms through continual stimulation of site Fp2 in the brain.
- Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD): TMS can help improve ADD symptoms through stimulation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.
Contact StoneRidge Centers to learn more about TMS Therapy or any of our other treatment programs and find out how we can help you or a loved one recover from mental health and addiction challenges.
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Because mental health and addiction concerns are so often interconnected, we utilize research-based approaches with evidence-based outcomes that promote overall healing and recovery.