Since it’s approval in 2008 for the treatment of depression, TMS hasn’t received a significant amount of media coverage, but recently this has started to change. Today, TMS is getting a lot more attention as patients are trying this novel therapy and sharing their results. Researchers also continue to investigate…

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Depression is the second most common illness seen among veterans — one in eight to 10 veterans visiting a primary care physician has major depression disorder (MDD) that requires treatment. (1,2) In fact, depression plagues veterans so much that the US Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that approximately 20…

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment option for mental health disorders, such as depression. Although TMS is only FDA-approved for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression (2008) and OCD (2018), many doctors including myself support the off-label use of TMS to treat other mental health and behavioral conditions. (1,…

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One of the most common questions we are asked here at Madison Avenue TMS & Psychiatry is, “How long until I see results with TMS?” The shortest answer is: The time it takes to notice results with TMS depends on each patient. Are there reasons why some people notice a…

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How the TMS Helmet You’ve Seen on Social Media Works, and Why I Don’t Use It Thanks to some recent viral social media posts, the internet has been buzzing about the “depression helmet,” which is actually a method of delivering transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, also called TMS,…

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a painless non-invasive treatment method used to relieve symptoms of major depression. TMS has been proven by numerous studies to successfully reduce symptoms of depression without the adverse effects associated with antidepressant medications. (1,2) But until recently, there has been little research on understanding the…

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Depression can happen to anyone, at any age and any time. Unfortunately, it can also happen to women when pregnant and is sometimes accompanied by feelings of anxiety, stress, and fear. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that between 14 and 23 percent of pregnant women experience depression.…

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Major depressive disorder affects more than 16 million adults in the United States. (1) Standard therapies for major depression include antidepressant medications and talk therapy. However, many patients don’t find relief from depressive symptoms with traditional treatments — this is referred to as treatment resistant depression (TRD). The acknowledgment that…

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Is TMS the Same as ECT?

As a psychiatrist specializing in depression, I meet a lot of patients who confuse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with ECT.  It’s very easy to notice similarities between TMS and ECT – both are used to treat depression, and both involve placing an element over the head that sends signals into…

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  Managing depressive symptoms is an important aspect of any treatment for depression, including repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). Wellness practices hold a great amount of value as a complementary approach that helps patients foster self compassion and self care during treatment. Not only do many of our patients report…

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