What Is TMS Therapy?

What Is TMS Therapy?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a technological breakthrough in the treatment of Major Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, and other disorders. It is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment that has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in its Best Practices Guidelines as an effective treatment for depression.

What is TMS? It’s a safe and effective outpatient treatment for individuals diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or similar disorders who have not experienced satisfactory improvement from antidepressant medication.

TMS therapy differs from traditional drug therapy because it employs MRI-strength magnetic pulses that are targeted only to specific regions of the brain involved in mood regulation – areas known to be under-active in those diagnosed with MDD. TMS activates and raises the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain – dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin – and can be used in conjunction with medication or as a stand-alone treatment.

Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America utilizes TMS devices that are FDA-cleared and indicated for the treatment of MDD. These devices delivers magnetic pulses, stimulating specific areas of the brain involved in mood regulation. These areas are known to be underactive in those diagnosed with depression, and stimulating these areas can improve the brain’s ability to regulate mood.

TMS is non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment. It is also non-systemic, meaning that it does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body. Side effects frequently experienced from antidepressant medications (i.e. weight gain, sexual dysfunction, tiredness, etc) do not occur with TMS therapy.

In FDA clinical trials, 2 out of every 3 patients reported remission or a reduction in depression symptoms after completion of TMS Therapy. Subsequent studies have consistently shown 3 out of every 4 patients positively responding to TMS. What is TMS? Learn more about clinical results.

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Benefits of TMS Therapy


Nothing enters the bloodstream.


Patient remains awake and alert during treatment and can resume usual routine.


Nothing is inserted or implanted into the body.


No drug related side effects such as weight gain, drowsiness, sleeplessness, stomach upset, or sexual problems.

FDA Cleared & Proven

FDA Cleared & Proven – 2 out of 3 patients experience a reduction in depression scores after a 4-week treatment period.

TMS Therapy Is Covered by Most Insurance Plans

The team at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America assist patients with the complete authorization process, and alternate payment processes for out-of-network treatment. Learn more about cost and insurance coverage.

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TMS+YOU is an online community and national patient advocacy site for TMS Therapy. Those considering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can connect with patients who have had the treatment to answer questions, share insights, and get the latest information.