What is transcranial magnetic stimulation?

Electromagnetic rx. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (tms) is a noninvasive method to cause depolarization or hyperpolarization in the neurons of the brain. Tms uses electromagnetic induction to induce weak electric currents using a rapidly changing magnetic field; this can cause activity in specific or general parts of the brain with minimal discomfort, allowing the functioning and interconnections of brain.
A type of treatment. Tms is a form of outpatient treatment for major depression where there has been a failed trial of an antidepressant. The treatment involves applying electromagnetic pulses to the brain. Treatment is provided usually 5 times a week for 4-6 weeks.

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What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (tms)?

For depression. TMS is a treatment for depression. It is very well tolerated and may work when medications do not. In one study, about 60% get better w/ the treatment and about 40% have no symptoms of depression after the treatment. It works by stimulating a part brain which modulates mood, called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. It is beginning to be covered by more insurances. I highly recommend it. Read more...