If you are exploring Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and wondering if it can potentially help you, we’re here to explain a little bit more about the ideal candidates for TMS therapy. We are a certified NJ TMS provider and our patients’ success has been exciting!
At our NJ clinic, we treat a number of patients who suffer from mental health disorders that, for one reason or another, are not responding to traditional medical treatment (including talk therapy, antidepressants or other pharmaceuticals). We have seen immense success among our patients with medication-resistant Major Depressive Disorder. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is also commonly referred to as Clinical Depression. Symptoms experienced by many of our MDD patients before their TMS therapy course include:
- Feelings of overwhelming sadness that persist for weeks or months with little relief
- Difficulty sleeping at night, or, alternatively, sleeping too much
- Inability to concentrate on things that once held their interest
- Appetite changes, including inability to eat or overeating
- Overwhelming sense of fatigue
- Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
Along with those patients who are suffering from Clinical Depression and exhibiting the symptoms mentioned above, we also use TMS to treat patients in our clinic who have:
- Concussion, or Post-Concussion Syndrome
- Memory problems
- Alzheimer’s or Alzheimer’s-like symptoms
- Migraine headaches
While we are excited about the impressive results we are seeing with our patients, TMS is not for everyone. Be sure to discuss TMS thoroughly with your NJ TMS provider prior to beginning your treatment. Tell your doctor if you are currently experiencing or have been diagnosed with any of the following:
- Diagnosis of a brain tumor
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Psychosis or psychotic episodes
- Implanted medical devices – while some implanted devices will not impede your ability to receive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment, it’s critical that you disclose any implanted devices before your TMS treatment begins so that your provider can determine if you can safely proceed with a TMS regimen.
Because the basis of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation involves a moderately strong magnetic field, patients who have any of the devices listed below are often not good candidates for TMS:
- Aneurysm coils/clips
- Deep brain or vagus nerve stimulation implants,
- Medication pumps
- Electrodes to monitor activity in the brain
- Cochlear implants
- Magnetic implants of any type
- Bullet fragments
- Body modifications that include metal (horns, spikes, implants, collarbone piercing, etc)
- Other implanted objects/devices made of metal or magnets
As we work toward our goal of helping as many patients as possible with TMS, we maintain strict safety protocols to ensure that our administration of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is performed under optimal conditions. Because of this, our team’s success rate is extremely high.
Are you a good candidate for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation? If you still have unanswered questions, or just aren’t sure if TMS is right for you, contact TMS Neurohealth NJ at (732) 462-4544. If you feel more comfortable sending us a message online click here to be redirected to our contact form.