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An initial phone consultation will be scheduled to discuss your symptoms, medical and treatment history, as well as whether TMS is an appropriate treatment for you. If TMS seems a good fit, we can schedule you to meet with the doctor.
You will have a full psychiatric evaluation with the doctor. If the doctor determines TMS is an appropriate option for you, we will then schedule a subsequent appointment to determine the optimal placement and strength of the magnetic field used for your treatment.
Each subsequent treatment may last as little as 3 minutes during which time you will be awake and alert. The magnetic pulses make a clicking sound and feel like a tapping on the scalp but do not result in more than mild discomfort. We do supply hearing protection which is recommended.
After the treatment you can drive and resume your normal activity. TMS is non-invasive, meaning it does not involve anesthesia or medication and has no systemic side effects. Typical TMS side effects are transient and may include mild irritation or discomfort at the treatment site and headache.
A usual course of treatment for depression consists of sessions 5 days a week Monday through Friday for 6 weeks followed by an additional 6 treatments spread out over 3 weeks. As you progress through your treatment, we will regularly assess your status and address any concerns you may have.