Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TMS is a relatively new treatment for depression that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008.

TMS is typically used when other treatments, such as medication and therapy, have not been effective. During TMS, a magnetic field generator is placed against your head. The magnetic field passes through your skull and stimulates the nerve cells in your brain that are involved in mood control and depression.

TMS is usually given five times per week for four to six weeks. Each session lasts about 40 minutes. The number of sessions and the length of treatment may vary depending on your response to the therapy.

TMS is generally well-tolerated. The most common side effect is headaches, which usually go away after the first week of treatment. Other possible side effects include scalp discomfort at the site of stimulation, lightheadedness, and tingling or spasms in the face and neck.

TMS is a promising treatment for depression, but more research is needed to determine its long-term effectiveness. If you are considering TMS, be sure to get in touch with us here at Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare so that we can help you make the best decision for your individual needs.

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