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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Specialist

Instic Health

Psychiatry & Neurology Specialists located in Plant City, FL & New Port Richey, FL

Major depression is a debilitating condition that doesn’t always respond positively to traditional antidepressants. If you’re looking for a new option to treat depression, Pragnesh Patel, MD, and the dedicated team at Instic Health offer a safe, effective, nonmedicated treatment at their offices in Plant City, Inverness, and New Port Richey, Florida. Their team is highly trained in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive therapy that reduces depression. To learn more, call Instic Health or request an appointment online today.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Q & A

What is TMS?

TMS is a noninvasive neuromodulation technique that’s FDA-approved to reduce the symptoms of treatment-resistant major depression. It stimulates areas of the brain most impacted by major depression, and is often an effective alternative to taking medications.

TMS is recommended for patients who haven’t responded well to conventional depression medication and those who have experienced adverse side effects from antidepressants. As a drug-free alternative to medication, TMS typically causes fewer side effects than traditional antidepressants.

Studies show that when TMS is performed by a board-certified psychiatrist, approximately 45% of patients can experience a remission of depression symptoms.

How does TMS work?

TMS affects the central nervous system by stimulating certain areas of the brain — specifically the dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex — linked to depression with a powerful magnetic force. This essentially reduces depression symptoms by activating regions of the brain that control your mood.

Is TMS right for me?

Before your first TMS session, your provider completes a comprehensive screening and evaluation to determine if the treatment is right for you. Signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Constant sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Worthlessness
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Fatigue
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Problems at work or in relationships
  • Thoughts of suicide

Once your specialist clears you for treatment, you can begin TMS sessions.

What happens during TMS treatment?

During your sessions, Instic Health providers use a magnetic device to stimulate certain areas of the brain while you sit and relax.

Most TMS treatments take about 20 minutes, but depending on your unique situation and insurance coverage, these sessions can take as little as three to five minutes at a time.

What should I expect after TMS sessions?

Many patients see significant improvements in their depression symptoms soon after regular TMS sessions. In most cases, TMS treatments must be repeated at least five days a week for six weeks at a time. This helps ensure your treatment works as effectively as possible. Instic Health specialists personalize TMS sessions to maximize your results.

TMS treatments can help you take control of your depression and lead a healthy, fulfilling life. To learn more, call Instic Health or schedule a consultation online today.