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Frequently Asked Questions About TMS Treatment

Living with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be an overwhelming and isolating experience. Despite trying various treatments, many individuals continue to grapple with these conditions, searching for an effective solution that can provide lasting relief. If you or a loved one are on this challenging journey, there is hope. At Professional Psychiatric Services, we offer state-of-the-art treatment using Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a revolutionary approach that has helped countless individuals find their way back to a happier, healthier life.


A woman in a doctor's office having a grey helmet placed on her head by a doctor in a blue suit.

What is TMS?


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive neuromodulation technique that has gained significant attention in the field of psychiatry. It uses magnetic fields to stimulate specific areas of the brain, providing a unique approach to treating depression and OCD. Brainsway Deep TMS takes this treatment a step further, offering a deeper and more precise form of stimulation, targeting areas that are often associated with these conditions.


How Does It Work?


Deep TMS works by precisely targeting the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain known to play a crucial role in mood regulation and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Unlike traditional TMS treatments, which only reach the surface of the brain, Deep TMS penetrates deeper into the brain tissue, allowing for more effective and sustained results.


Here's a step-by-step breakdown of how the process works:


  1. Assessment: Before starting Deep TMS treatment, our team of experienced professionals will conduct a thorough assessment of your condition. This assessment helps determine the best treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

  2. Treatment Sessions: During a Deep TMS session, you'll be comfortably seated in a chair. A specialized helmet containing magnetic coils will be placed on your head. These coils emit magnetic pulses that target the prefrontal cortex. The treatment is painless and non-invasive.

  3. Duration: Each session typically lasts between 20 to 30 minutes, and you'll need to undergo daily sessions for several weeks as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

  4. Progress Monitoring: Throughout your treatment journey, our team will closely monitor your progress, making adjustments to your treatment plan if necessary.


Is It Safe?


One of the most common concerns individuals have about Deep TMS is its safety. Fortunately, Deep TMS has a strong safety record. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of depression and OCD, and numerous clinical studies have demonstrated its efficacy and safety.


Here are some key safety points to consider:


Non-Invasive: Deep TMS does not require surgery, anesthesia, or the use of medications, making it a safe and non-invasive treatment option.


Minimal Side Effects: Most individuals experience minimal side effects, which are generally mild and temporary. These may include mild headaches, scalp discomfort, or jaw pain, which usually resolve quickly.


No Systemic Effects: Unlike medications, Deep TMS does not have systemic effects, so it doesn't affect other organs or bodily functions.


Is Deep TMS Right for Me?


Determining whether Deep TMS is the right treatment for you should be a collaborative decision between you and your healthcare provider. Generally, Deep TMS may be a suitable option if:


  1. You have been diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression or OCD.

  2. Other treatments, such as therapy and medications, have not provided the desired results.

  3. You are looking for a non-invasive and medication-free treatment option.


It's important to consult with a qualified psychiatrist to assess your specific condition and determine if Deep TMS is an appropriate treatment for you.


At Professional Psychiatric Services, we understand the challenges that depression and OCD can pose in your life. Our commitment is to provide you with cutting-edge, safe, and effective treatments like Brainsway Deep TMS to help you rediscover hope and transform your life. If you're ready to take the next step towards a brighter future, contact us today for a consultation and let us help you on your journey to recovery.

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