Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-approved therapeutic option for treatment-resistant depression. At Beaumont Psychiatric Clinic, in Beaumont, Texas, Jason Mensah, DO, uses the Brainsway® equipment to offer Deep TMS therapy to help you break through the pervasive and persistent symptoms of depression. Call Beaumont Psychiatric Clinic or request a consultation online today to find out if Deep TMS therapy is right for you.
Deep TMS therapy is an FDA-cleared therapeutic option for treatment-resistant depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It uses an electromagnetic field, similar to the field produced during an MRI, to stimulate electrical activity in the limbic system, which regulates your mood.
At Beaumont Psychiatric Clinic, Dr. Mensah uses the Brainsway TMS equipment, which consists of a computer and a helmet with patented coils that can be custom-positioned to the specific location on your head to target your limbic system.
Dr. Mensah provides personalized treatment plans, but in most cases, patients have a series of four to six 20-minute sessions each week for between four and five weeks. Your first appointment will take longer as Dr. Mensah needs to measure your head and certain angles to ensure the coils are positioned correctly. The equipment stores your measurements and calibrates itself for future appointments.
During your Deep TMS treatments, you rest in a comfortable chair with the Brainsway helmet positioned on your head. You may notice a tapping sound or sensation during the procedure. It's not painful and doesn't cause any side effects. You can drive yourself to and from your appointments.
The most important benefit of Deep TMS therapy is that it works for treatment-resistant depression. In clinical studies, Deep TMS therapy reduced depression symptoms compared to other treatments and placebos. Additionally, Deep TMS therapy is drug-free and doesn't cause side effects, unlike many traditional treatments for depression.
If you have depression and have tried at least two different types of antidepressant medication that haven't relieved your symptoms, or have caused intolerable side effects, make an appointment at Beaumont Psychiatric Clinic to find out if Deep TMS therapy is right for you. Dr. Mensah provides thorough consultations to determine if Deep TMS therapy could reduce your symptoms of depression.
You shouldn't have TMS therapy if you have any metal in your head or neck — metal tooth fillings and braces don't interfere with the treatment. Additionally, if you have a history of seizures, Dr. Mensah won't recommend Deep TMS therapy. However, he offers ketamine therapy as another option for treatment-resistant depression.
Call Beaumont Psychiatric Clinic or request an appointment online today to learn more about Deep TMS therapy and see if it's right for you.