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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Since the discovery of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression in the 1990s, there have been over 90 studies showing positive results — especially for patients who have not responded to antidepressant medications. Given the future potential for this technology, which stimulates the brain by using magnetic…

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a relatively novel and highly effective treatment for depression, FDA approved since 2008. During a TMS treatment, the healthcare provider places a metal coil over a specific point on the patient’s head to send magnetic pulses to the brain. These pulses activate neurons in the…

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (also known as TMS) is an FDA-approved treatment for major depressive disorder. It has been studied in a variety of different populations, but has been shown to be particularly effective in treating those who are suffering from treatment-resistant depression. At Madison Avenue TMS & Psychiatry, we work…

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This article is part of a two-part series. To read part one, click here: How Science Showed that TMS Works for Depression: Part 1 of 2 Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment for depression was approved by the FDA in 2008, after the first landmark study by J.P. O’Reardon and his…

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