TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Specialist

Human Touch Behavioral Health

Board Certified Psychiatrists located in Sacramento, CA

If you’ve been struggling with depression and conventional treatment doesn’t seem to help, there’s still hope with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). At Human Touch Behavioral Health in Sacramento, California, board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Archana Trivedi provides TMS, an effective, noninvasive procedure for treatment-resistant depression. To learn more about how TMS can help you get your life back, call Human Touch Behavioral Health today.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Q & A

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment for depression that involves stimulating the brain with magnetic fields. The stimulation specifically targets areas of the brain associated with depression and mood.

Depression may result from certain areas of the brain becoming less active. By using controlled magnetic energy, TMS can reawaken these areas and restore a healthy level of activity. Think of it as a jumper cable for your brain. TMS, however, is far gentler.

Dr. Trivedi recommends TMS in the relatively rare cases that depression doesn’t respond to medication and talk therapy. If your depression hasn’t improved in response to these traditional first line approaches, a series of TMS treatments can provide long-term relief from your symptoms.

Compared with many depression medications, TMS has much a lower risk and narrower range of potential side effects. That makes the procedure a breakthrough alternative for many people who have difficulty physically tolerating antidepressants.

What happens during a TMS procedure?

When you come in for a TMS procedure at Human Touch Behavioral Health, Dr. Trivedi places an electromagnetic coil on your scalp near your forehead. She then sends a precise dose of magnetic energy through the coil for a few seconds at a time; you hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation. Sessions last between 20 and 50 minutes. There are two open chairs for TMS procedures available at Human Touch Behavioral Health for your convenience.

TMS does not require anesthesia. The most common side effect is a mild to a moderate headache during and right after receiving the procedure, which happens to roughly half of all TMS patients, but this typically goes away after the first week of treatment.

How long does TMS take to work?

A full course of TMS treatment usually lasts four to six weeks, depending on your response of treatment. During this time, you come into Human Touch Behavioral Health for a treatment session five days a week. You may first notice a change in your symptoms as soon as the third week, but you may need to complete your entire series of treatments before you feel relief.

TMS can cause a dramatic, long-lasting reduction in depression symptoms. The benefits of the procedure last at least six months, and often a year or longer. It’s safe and effective to receive repeat TMS treatments if your symptoms return.

To learn more about how TMS can help you find relief from treatment-resistant depression, call the office of Human Touch Behavioral Health today.