TMS for depression: Device stimulates parts of brain associated with mood

Through Main Line Health’s behavioral health services we provide transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression. TMS is an FDA-approved device proven effective for treatment of patients with severe depression whose condition has not improved from standard drug therapy. TMS works by using magnetic pulses precisely targeted to areas of the brain associated with mood, which are underactive in depressed people.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression treatments are done on an outpatient basis at our Bryn Mawr Hospital location in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.

What to expect from TMS for depression therapy

You’ll be awake throughout the TMS treatment, which takes less than 45 minutes. During the procedure, you will feel the curved device that houses the magnetic coil, resting against your head. You’ll also hear a clicking sound.

Although free of the side effects commonly associated with medication, TMS may cause some minor side effects, usually related to mild pain at the site of the treatment. Treatment is given five days a week for four to six weeks. You can resume daily activities immediately after each treatment. This includes being able to drive yourself to and from the appointment.

As with any therapy, every person is different and TMS is not for everyone. If it is determined you are a candidate for TMS, your doctor can further discuss the risks and benefits with you.

To schedule a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) appointment at Main Line Health, call 1.888.CARE.898 (1.888.227.3898).