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What Is Deep TMS?

Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or Deep TMS, is a noninvasive procedure that is FDA-approved to treat numerous mental health conditions, including anxiety, major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and more. At TMS Therapy Center, our team is thrilled to utilize Deep TMS treatments for Houston, TX individuals who are not receiving the relief they need from prescription medication and/or psychotherapy. Through a specially designed magnetic coil placed on the top of the head, Deep TMS can adjust your brain activity to regulate your mood and minimize many symptoms your mental health issue may be causing. We invite you to schedule an appointment at our office today to learn more.

What Are the Benefits of Deep TMS?

TMS is a noninvasive medical procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain and offers several benefits for individuals dealing with various mental health conditions. Some of these benefits include:

  • Noninvasive brain stimulation
  • Effective for treatment-resistant conditions
  • Minimal, temporary side effects
  • No systemic drug effects
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Improved mood and quality of life
  • Potential for long-lasting results

Am I a Candidate for Deep TMS?

Deep TMS is a treatment for people who are diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) bipolar disorder, smoking addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Alzheimer's disease, autism, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and who have had a stroke. This noninvasive treatment may be an excellent choice for you if you aren't seeing the improvement you want in your mental health with other forms of treatment, like psychotherapy or psychiatric medication. In order to be a suitable candidate for Deep TMS, you must be between the ages of 18 – 65, not have an electronic device in your body like a pacemaker, and not have any kind of metal device implanted in or by your head.

What Can I Expect from Deep TMS?

During your Deep TMS session at TMS Therapy Center, you will sit in a comfortable chair in one of our private treatment rooms as we gently place a cushioned helmet over your head that is equipped with patented H-Coil technology embedded in the underside of it. The H-Coil utilizes electromagnetic fields to deliver magnetic pulses deep into various regions of the brain to alter its neural activity. This coil is uniquely shaped to target a wider and deeper area of your brain compared to traditional TMS. As a result, Deep TMS can alleviate symptoms of multiple mental health conditions. The entire treatment generally lasts for about 20 minutes and does not require any anesthesia or lengthy downtime.



What Can I Expect after TMS?

Patients typically stay awake and alert during their TMS session, which lasts about 30 — 60 minutes. One of the key advantages of TMS is the ability to immediately return to daily activities, including driving, immediately after a session. While some individuals may experience a mild headache or scalp discomfort, these side effects are generally minimal. On very rare occasions, some rare side effects, such as minor seizures or minimal hearing loss (if adequate ear protection is not used), can occur. Overall, TMS is considered a safe and low-risk option for many patients. However, discussing potential risks and benefits with your provider at TMS Therapy Center before treatment is always advisable.

What Are the Side Effects of Deep TMS?

Deep TMS is clinically proven to be a safe, highly tolerated treatment for most individuals. At TMS Therapy Center in Houston, TX, we want our patients to have the best experience so she houses an exceptionally trained team who will ensure you remain comfortable and safe during your treatment. There may be a few side effects that materialize during your deep TMS treatment, such as scalp discomfort, a minor headache, or jaw pain, but these don't typically last very long. Overall, you should feel little to no discomfort throughout the treatment process. Another possible side effect that can occur is a seizure, but this is extremely rare.

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Can Deep TMS be used in combination with other treatments?

Absolutely. Many patients at TMS Therapy Center find that Deep TMS can work well with other forms of treatment like medication and psychotherapy. While Deep TMS is highly effective for various mental health conditions, combining it with other treatments can provide a more comprehensive approach to mental health care. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include multiple therapies.

How soon can I expect to see improvements from Deep TMS?

The timeline for noticeable improvements varies from person to person. Some individuals report feeling better after just a few sessions, while others may require a more extended treatment course to experience significant relief from their symptoms. It's important to have ongoing conversations with our team to gauge how well the treatment is working for you and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.

Is Deep TMS treatment a long-term solution?

Deep TMS can provide long-lasting relief for many individuals, but it's not necessarily a permanent cure for mental health conditions. Some patients may require "booster" sessions after their initial treatment course, while others may find that their symptoms have largely or completely subsided. The sustainability of treatment effects is an area of ongoing research, and the longevity of results may differ from one person to the next. Our team will help you assess how to best maintain the benefits gained from your Deep TMS treatments.

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