TMS is a revolutionary alternative to conventional treatments for depression, particularly in patients who aren’t getting better using other methods or who experience intolerable side effects from medications. TMS uses harmless magnetic fields – not electrical stimulation – to modify brain functioning.
One new theory explaining depression, and many other psychiatric conditions, is that the brain’s networks are poorly connected or integrated. TMS causes brief pulses of brain activity to stimulate underactive brain networks in order to make them fire normally. TMS typically produces long-lasting improvement in the symptoms of depression and overall ability to function in life.