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What Is TMS Therapy?

TMS for Depression in downtown Manhattan

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a new treatment for depression offered at Trifecta Health Medical Center in Downtown Manhattan NYC. Call Today (212) 233-2830 for TMS consultation with top NYC Psychiatrist Dr Fruitman.

WHAT IS TMS?

TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared safe and effective non-drug depression treatment for patients who are not satisfied with the results of standard drug therapy. It can alleviate unwanted side effects commonly associated with antidepressants such as weight gain, sedation and sexual problems.

TMS uses magnetic stimulation of the brain to help control mood in adults with major depression. The procedure was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October 2008 after more than 10 years of clinical investigation in patients who failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from medications. For this reason, TMS is particularly helpful for people who have not experienced significant relief from antidepressant medications or who have difficulty with their side effects. As a pioneer of TMS Treatment in New York City, Dr. Fruitman artfully integrates his skills as a psychopharmacologist and psychotherapist, with innovative technology of TMS.

HOW DOES TMS WORK?

TMS uses focused magnetic pulses to non-invasively stimulate the brain in the prefrontal cortex (the region of the brain associated with mood regulation).

During a TMS treatment NYC, a Trifecta Health clinician gently places a magnetic coil against one side of a patient’s head. The magnetic fields penetrate approximately two to three centimeters beneath the scull directly into the brain to produce electrical currents. These currents activate cells within the brain that are thought to release neurotransmitters, which play a role in mood regulation. Since depression is believed to be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, TMS therapy helps restore balance and relieve the symptoms of depression.

TMS PROCEDURE

Through a treatment coil, the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system generates highly concentrated, magnetic fields which turn on and off very rapidly. These magnetic fields are the same type and strength as those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

This procedure is painless and non-invasive, performed similarly to an MRI scan of the brain. Each treatment session takes about 30-45 minutes to perform, and patients can resume their regular activities immediately after each TMS session. To achieve effective results, patients will need to undergo multiple visits each week for three to six weeks, depending on their individual condition.

DOES TMS WORKS?

Obviously this depends on the individual involved, but there have been very encouraging results yielded so far, and this has been shown to be most effective in those who, as we mentioned before, haven’t responded to medication to date. Don’t struggle with the sometimes debilitating effects of depression, not when there are fantastic treatments out there, which could certainly help beat depression back down into the box it belongs in, and even eradicate it altogether.

IS TMS COVERED BY INSURANCE?

Both private and public insurers are determining eligibility for TMS on an individual basis. However, until TMS is accepted more widely as a medically necessary treatment, insurance coverage will most likely not be authorized. Trifecta Health will work closely with patients and insurers to determine coverage.

Give our friendly, helpful staff at Trifecta Health a call today (212) 233-2830, and start your road to recovery.