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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services

Psychiatry & Therapy Services located in Burlington, NC & Guilford College Area, Greensboro, NC

If you suffer from depression that doesn’t respond to standard treatments like medication and psychotherapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy may be the answer. Spencer Simon, PA-C, and the team at Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services in Burlington and Greensboro, North Carolina, partner with Greenbrook TMS to provide TMS treatment for depression. To learn more about TMS therapy, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Q & A

What is TMS therapy?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an innovative treatment that uses controlled pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate certain areas of the brain. This noninvasive procedure provides relief from symptoms of depression.

The team at Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services offers TMS therapy through a partnership with Greenbrook TMS. They may recommend TMS therapy as a standalone treatment or in combination with medication. 

Because TMS therapy is drug-free, it provides a much-needed option for people who can’t tolerate the side effects of antidepressant medications. 

How does TMS therapy work?

TMS involves sending repetitive magnetic pulses into your brain through an electromagnetic coil placed on your head. 

This technique is also called repetitive TMS (rTMS). The magnetic pulses painlessly stimulate nerve cells in the area of your brain associated with mood control and depression. 

For what is TMS therapy used?

Your Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services provider may recommend TMS therapy if you continue to suffer from disruptive symptoms of depression despite other treatments, such as psychotherapy and medications. You may also be a good candidate for this treatment if medications cause unbearable side effects. 

In addition to depression, the team at Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services may use TMS therapy to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

How effective is TMS therapy?

As leaders in TMS therapy, the team at Greenbrook TMS has treated more than 9,000 people with depression. 

About 70% of these patients experienced clinically significant relief, which is why Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services trusts its patients with the clinic. However, every patient is unique, and individual results may vary.

What does TMS therapy entail?

TMS therapy happens at a nearby Greenbrook TMS location. Your Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services provider may prescribe, manage, and evaluate your treatment remotely via telemedicine. 

During TMS therapy, you recline in a comfortable chair and wear earplugs. This is to protect your hearing from the noise of the magnetic energy. Your provider places an electromagnetic coil against your head, which delivers repetitive magnetic pulses. This isn’t painful, but you feel a tapping sensation and hear a clicking noise.

TMS therapy lasts about 40 minutes. You can return to work and normal activities immediately after. You may experience minor scalp irritation.

To find out if TMS is right for you, call Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services or book an appointment online today.