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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Specialist

2nd Chance Treatment Center

Addiction Medicine & Psychiatrists located throughout the greater Phoenix, AZ area

If you’ve been on antidepressants and still fight depression, or you have PTSD that hasn’t improved with treatment, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the treatment you need to get on the road to recovery. 2nd Chance offers TMS therapy to patients throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. To learn more about this innovative, highly effective, and noninvasive treatment, call the office nearest you or use online booking to request an appointment.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Q&A

What is TMS?

TMS is a noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve activity in your brain. When TMS is repeatedly delivered to specific areas of your brain, it alleviates the symptoms of chronic psychiatric disorders.

TMS has been FDA-cleared to treat depression. Studies also show that repetitive TMS can alleviate symptoms caused by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), co-occurring PTSD and depression, and treatment-resistant depression, which doesn’t respond to medication.

How does TMS work?

Your provider at 2nd Chance positions a circular coil of wire over the targeted area of your brain. When the electricity goes through the coil, it creates a magnetic field, emitting magnetic pulses that safely pass through your skull and into your brain.

The effect of TMS depends on the location, intensity, and frequency of the magnetic impulses. While slow pulses can suppress nerve activity -- which is very useful for some medical conditions -- the opposite effect is created to treat depression.

When the magnetic pulse is rapidly repeated, it stimulates brain activity in a region that’s underactive in patients with depression. As a result, TMS activates neurotransmitters that alleviate symptoms caused by depression.

What should I expect during and after TMS treatment?

TMS stimulates underactive areas of your brain. After you recline on a comfortable treatment chair, the magnetic coil is placed lightly on your head. During treatment, you’ll hear clicking and feel a tapping sensation with each pulse.

You may develop a mild headache during your TMS treatment. About one-third of patients have slight discomfort near the treatment site during their session. These side effects usually go away after the first week of treatments.

Since the magnetic impulses don’t affect your thinking ability or memory, you can get back to your normal activities as soon as your treatment is over. 2nd Chance customizes each patient’s treatment plan, but most achieve optimal recovery by getting TMS therapy five days a week for 4-6 weeks.

If you suffer from ongoing depression or PTSD, you may be a good candidate for TMS treatment. To learn more about TMS, call the office nearest you or use online booking to request an appointment.