Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a lasting treatment for depression that uses non-invasive magnetic pulses to stimulate the mood center of the brain. This creates an electric current that has consistently been shown to help patients with treatment-resistant depression who have not found relief from their symptoms with other therapies, such as antidepressant medications or psychotherapy. We perform TMS at our center in New York City (NYC).
TMS has been FDA-approved since 2008, and numerous clinical studies have found this state-of-the-art treatment to be:
The majority of patients experience relief within several weeks.
Patients improve during treatment and continue to feel better after treatment is complete.
TMS is an outpatient treatment that uses magnets the strength of an MRI placed on the head.
The most common side effect is headache, experienced briefly by some patients.
Becoming a depression therapy patient is easy, with our team providing support at every step to facilitate your recovery from depression. We work with the NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy technology to offer a six-week course of TMS treatment. Here is how TMS therapy NYC works:
Dr. David Woo’s team at Madison Avenue TMS & Psychiatry team is empathetic, attentive, and dedicated to helping each of our patients. Our core values are to collaborate to provide excellent care while empowering patients through education and support.
In a report published in 2018, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found that approximately 9% of adults in New York City suffered from depression in 2016.* That’s almost 1 in 10 New Yorkers!
The same report also demonstrated that while depression occurred in men and women at the same rates, other factors like age, education, household income, employment status, insurance status, chronic disease diagnosis, and perceived safety were linked to the prevalence of depression.
One of the benefits of living in an urban area is the widespread availability and accessibility of services. Despite the fact that there are a broad range of treatments available for depression in New York, in 2016, 62% did not receive treatment for depression medication (including therapy, counseling, or TMS in New York City).₁ This could be due to any number of reasons - cost/insurance availability, feared side effects, inability to recognize one’s symptoms, an unwillingness to seek help, or many others. In TMS, New York City residents may find a clinically-effective, low-stress, and non-invasive treatment plan that’s often completely covered by insurance.