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Does it seem like you’ve tried everything for depression treatment? Northeast Health Services offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), an FDA-approved alternative for treatment-resistant depression. An alternative to conventional therapy, drugs, and other traditional treatments, TMS therapy, has been proven to bring about long-lasting positive results. You might benefit from TMS therapy if other approaches haven’t proved successful. Contact our team at 508.794.8711 to learn more about our TMS therapy in MA.

An Overview of Our TMS Therapy Program

TMS therapy is a type of depression treatment that is entirely non-invasive. It uses magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain. This safe, painless, and FDA-approved therapy works differently than traditional treatment approaches.

By stimulating areas of the brain that control mood, TMS therapy can make a lasting and positive impact on depression. Treatment sessions are quick and straightforward in our comfortable office setting. Sessions take place over the course of a few weeks, and you go home with no lasting side effects. It involves a series of sessions, typically five times per week for four to six weeks.

What to Expect in a TMS Therapy Program

TMS is a non-invasive procedure requiring no surgery or medications. The process is simple and painless. Each client sits in a comfortable chair while the magnetic field is administered through a coil placed against their forehead. Clients often report feeling relaxed during the procedure with no discomfort or pain.

Our TMS treatment program in MA is a safe and effective alternative to medications. However, speaking with your doctor about all the treatment options available to you is essential. If you’ve exhausted traditional treatment options on your journey to healing, Northeast Health Services can help you determine if TMS therapy is right for you. Your comfort, control, and well-being are our top priorities. We are here to answer your questions and provide information that can help you decide whether TMS therapy is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About TMS Therapy in MA

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Is TMS safe?

Yes, TMS is safe. It is an FDA-approved depression treatment. TMS treats your depression without drugs. It doesn’t have the long list of systemic side effects associated with traditional antidepressant medications. It is different from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and has no side effects associated with ECT.

Few clients report any side effects. However, some have reported headaches. If you do experience any side effects, our clinicians can adjust the treatment to make sure that you are comfortable and safe.

Does TMS Hurt?

During NeuroStar TMS treatment, a coil is delicately placed on your head. During the treatment, you’ll notice a gentle tapping sensation. Afterward, you can proceed with the rest of your day as normal without interrupting alertness or memory.

What ages can receive TMS therapy?

TMS therapy is appropriate for clients aged five and up. Those under 18 are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Do I need a referral to be seen?

No. However, some insurances require referrals to be seen by a specialist. Please contact your insurance provider with any questions. 

Is TMS right for me? 

TMS therapy works well for people with depression, anxiety symptoms associated with depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. It especially works if you have not benefited from your current medications. If you have already sought out various medications but still haven’t found the necessary relief from your symptoms, TMS therapy may be able to help. Unlike other treatments, such as shock therapy or surgery, TMS is a procedure that takes place in-office over six weeks and only requires 19 minutes per daily session.

How soon will I see results?

TMS therapy can result in drastic improvements in only two to three weeks after beginning treatment. These changes might include a more positive mood, an increased desire to socialize with others, and less depressive thoughts. Your friends and family may even notice the effects before you do. To experience long-term relief from depression, it’s essential to complete the entire six-week course—this will guarantee the best possible results for overcoming depressive symptoms.

What are the real-world outcomes of TMS therapy?

A study of real-world outcomes reported an 83% response rate, meaning clients experienced notable relief. There is a 62% remission rate which means clients’ depression effectively went away. The STAR*D study, the largest clinical trial of MDD ever conducted, showed that the remission rate goes down with each new medication needed. If you’ve tried three or more medications, the chance of remission was just 7%.

Is TMS covered by my insurance? 

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Tricare, cover this type of treatment. Simply contact us to learn more about coverage options from your specific provider.

Get the Help You Need Today with Our TMS Therapy Program

TMS therapy is a safe alternative to other forms of depression treatment. Speaking with your doctor about all the available treatment options is important. However, with TMS, you may be ato find the relief you’ve been seeking finallyking.

At Northeast Health Services, we’re here to help you find the right depression treatment for you. We offer comprehensive assessments and a variety of therapeutic options, including TMS therapy. Contact us today at 508.794.8711 to get started on your journey toward improved mental health and happiness.