Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness

Psychiatric Clinic & Medicine located in Lakeville, MN

If you or a loved one is living with treatment-resistant depression and can’t find the help you need, you may be a candidate for transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. At Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness in Lakeville, Minnesota, Adejoke Adedeji, APRN, and the team offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as an alternative depression treatment if medicine and talk therapy haven't improved your symptoms. Call Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness or schedule a consultation online today to find out how TMS can help you.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Q & A

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment that consists of magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. 

TMS is often used for those suffering from treatment-resistant depression when other treatments such as medications and talk therapy haven’t been successful in reducing symptoms. 

In patients with depression, nerve cells in the brain may be “dormant.” With TMS, the goal is to “awaken” or stimulate neurotransmitter activity in areas of your brain that regulates mood. The procedure is painless and safe. 

Who can benefit from TMS?

Anyone with treatment-resistant depression can benefit from TMS. You may want to try TMS if you’re experiencing ongoing symptoms such as:

  • Feelings of emptiness and hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Reduced appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Persistent guilt or shame
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Difficulty concentrating

Depression might be mild, moderate, or severe and crippling. If you have severe depression and haven’t found a treatment that works, TMS may be a good option to improve your quality of life.

Am I a good candidate for TMS?

To receive TMS treatment, you must be diagnosed with depression, and have symptoms that haven’t improved with other treatment options. It’s also important to notify your provider if:

  • You have implanted medical devices in your body 
  • You’re pregnant, or may become pregnant
  • You’re taking any medications
  • You have any history of epilepsy (seizure episodes) or traumatic brain injury
  • You have any other mental health issues 

If you’re unsure you qualify for TMS, schedule a consultation with the team at Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness.

What should I expect during a TMS treatment?

Each TMS session will last about one hour. At Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness, the team offers MagStim TMS

MagStim TMS is an FDA-approved device for depression. When you come in for your TMS session, your provider places the device against your head while it sends pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in your brain. You might feel a tapping sensation on your head or slight discomfort, but this quickly resolves after the session. 

If you have treatment-resistant depression and haven’t found a solution to improve your quality of life, call Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness or make an appointment online today.