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What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) represents a groundbreaking advancement in the treatment of various neurological and psychiatric conditions, including major depressive disorder (MDD). Its significance in modern medical practices can’t be overstated, offering an effective treatment option for clients not helped by traditional medications and psychotherapy.

New Directions Mental Health believes in innovation and evidence-based treatments, which is why we are proud to offer TMS therapy in Monroeville, PA. We have become a guide for mental wellness in our community by offering compassionate, professional, accessible, and innovative mental health care. Call us today at 724.374.7414 to learn more about TMS therapy and how it can help you or your loved ones.

How Does Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Work?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation utilizes focused magnetic pulses to target specific areas of the brain associated with mood regulation. The science behind this innovative treatment lies in the ability of magnetic fields to generate small electrical currents in the regions of the brain that are underactive in conditions like major depressive disorder.

During a TMS session, a professional places an electromagnetic coil against the scalp near the forehead. This coil then emits magnetic pulses that stimulate nerve cells in the part of the brain responsible for mood control and depression. This stimulation can enhance brain activity in areas that are crucial for mood regulation, providing relief from the symptoms of depression. Our compassionate and professional staff at New Directions Mental Health conduct each TMS therapy session with the utmost care and are always available to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Conditions Treated by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

TMS is more than just an innovative treatment for depression—it’s a versatile tool that has shown efficacy in a range of conditions, reflecting our commitment to diverse mental health solutions. Conditions treated by TMS include, but are not limited to:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Our compassionate team is dedicated to exploring every avenue to improve your mental well-being and is here to discuss whether TMS could be an appropriate option for you or your loved ones.

Possible Side Effects of TMS

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is heralded for its low risk of side effects, especially when compared to traditional pharmacological treatments for mental health conditions. Most individuals undergoing TMS experience few, if any, side effects. However, common side effects that have been reported include scalp discomfort at the site of stimulation, headache, and lightheadedness.

These are typically mild and diminish over time, with many clients finding that simple over-the-counter pain relievers or adjustments in the stimulation settings can provide relief. Our team at New Directions Mental Health is committed to ensuring your comfort and safety throughout the duration of your TMS treatment. We continuously monitor your response to therapy and are here to address any concerns or side effects you may experience, ensuring that your pathway to mental wellness is as smooth and effective as possible.

Call New Directions Mental Health to Begin Healing with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

If you’re ready to explore a new avenue toward mental wellness, consider transcranial magnetic stimulation at New Directions Mental Health. TMS therapy is a testament to our commitment to providing innovative, evidence-based treatments tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. Reach out today to begin a conversation about how TMS could offer you or your loved ones a new direction toward healing and mental well-being.

Call us at 724.374.7414 to discover more about this remarkable treatment option. For new clients, please click here to schedule an appointment. For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly.