Choose TMS Therapy for Depression

Please note as of Monday, November 6, 2017 we will not be accepting new patients.

At New Hope, nearly 9 in 10 people with depression feel significantly better after TMS Therapy. Many people feel “depression free.”

TMS Therapy is safe, gentle, effective, cleared by the FDA, and covered by many insurances.

When depression medication doesn’t make you feel better, TMS may be the right choice for you. Ask us about TMS today!

How effective is TMS Therapy in treating depression?

At New Hope, 88% of all our patients feel significantly better after TMS. This means they feel a 50% improvement in their depression symptoms after receiving 5 treatments a week for 6 or 7 weeks. Doctors call this “response.”

68% of all our patients feel “depression free” after 5 treatments a week for 6 or 7 weeks. Doctors call this “remission” from depression.

Clinical studies have also found TMS Therapy to be an effective treatment for depression. These studies found 37% of all patients reach remission with TMS and 58% of all patients respond to treatment.

Is TMS Therapy approved by the FDA?

Yes. The FDA cleared TMS Therapy as a safe and effective treatment for people who have not been helped by a depression drug. The FDA gave this clearance in 2008. Since then, more than 25,000 people have been treated for depression with TMS.

Does insurance pay for TMS Therapy?

BlueCross BlueShield, Aetna, Humana, Tricare, and other insurances cover TMS Therapy. We are happy to determine if you are covered for TMS and what your costs will be depending on your insurance. People may also pay out-of-pocket for care. Financing options are available.

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How does TMS Therapy work?

TMS Therapy uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field to stimulate areas of the brain that are less active in people with depression than people without depression. These pulses are similar to those given out by MRI machines.

What is a TMS treatment like?

During treatment, you’ll sit in a comfortable chair with a light-weight device resting on your head. You’ll be awake and alert during the treatment. You may continue your normal daily activities right after treatment is over.

How long does a TMS treatment take?

Each treatment takes 45 minutes. You’ll typically need 5 treatments a week for 6 to 7 weeks to feel better. This is a total of between 30 and 35 TMS Therapy treatments.

Does TMS Therapy have side effects?

Less than 5% of people who choose TMS Therapy experience temporary pain or discomfort near where the device touches their heads. This discomfort usually lasts one week. There is a very low risk of seizure: 1 in every 10,000 treatments.

Should you choose TMS Therapy over ECT?

At New Hope TMS Depression Therapy, our rate of success with TMS is similar to the success rate of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). TMS has fewer side effects than ECT. It is gentler than ECT. And the benefits of TMS Therapy often last for 12 months or more.

Who should have TMS Therapy?

TMS is for adult men and women who have major depressive disorder. Depression medications and talk therapy should be tried before considering this treatment. Because TMS typically requires 5 treatments a week for 6 or 7 weeks, people choosing this therapy must be motivated to get well.

Who should not have TMS Therapy?

TMS is safe for most people. Men and women who have magnetic-sensitive metal in their heads – such as implants, clips, stents, and devices – should not have TMS Therapy. People with cardiac devices or who have epilepsy or other seizure disorders may be treated with caution using TMS. We thoroughly assess each person in our care, and fully review all risks with them, before we begin TMS.

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