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How Does TMS Work?

How Does TMS Work?

Through a magnetic coil, the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system generates highly concentrated, magnetic fields which turn on and off very rapidly. These magnetic fields are the same type and strength as those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

The treatment coil is applied to the head above the left prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is involved with mood regulation, and therefore is the location where the magnetic fields are focused. These magnetic fields do not directly affect the whole brain; they only reach about 2-3 centimeters into the brain directly beneath the treatment coil. As these magnetic fields move into the brain, they produce very small electrical currents. These electrical currents activate cells within the brain which are thought to release neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Since depression is thought to be the result of an imbalance of these chemicals in the brain, TMS can restore that balance and, thus, relieve depression.

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Depression & TMS

Depression is debilitating. It robs those inflicted from all the joy that life has to offer. The symptoms associated with depression cause feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and often cause relationships to deteriorate, and jobs to suffer. Although antidepressants help many people, often they don’t work, or cause intolerable side effects. Fortunately, there are new, proven, FDA-approved, and virtually side-effect free treatments for depression, even when medications have failed or are no longer an option.

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Depression is debillitating. It robs those inflicted from all the joy that life has to offer. The symptoms associated with depression cause feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and often cause relationships to deteriorate, and jobs to suffer.

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