How TMS Works
TMS sends gentle magnetic pulses (not shockwaves) to the part of your brain that controls mood. These pulses “wake up” the brain to make it work more like it should. This outpatient treatment doesn’t involve surgery, and it has none of the side effects of antidepressants.
What to Expect
TMS therapy usually lasts six weeks. During each session, a cushioned coil is placed against your head to deliver the magnetic pulses. You may feel a brief tingling or tapping sensation, which will likely fade after more treatments. You’ll be awake and alert the entire time and can return to your usual activities right away.
When Will I Start Feeling Better?
Your mood may start to improve within two to three weeks. Sometimes, your loved ones notice the change before you do. Complete your full, six-week therapy course to ensure the best long-term results.