Patients, family members or mental health providers are encouraged to contact the Skyland Trail Glenn Family Wellness Clinic to learn more about TMS services for depression. The patient can be scheduled for a free 30-minute consultation with a psychiatrist to determine if Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation may be an appropriate therapy to address current depression symptoms and treatment goals.
If interested and clinically appropriate, the next step will be a one hour appointment with the psychiatrist to complete a psychiatric history.
Then the first TMS session can be scheduled. During each session, the patient is awake and alert. The patient sits in a comfortable reclining chair and wears a fabric cap on your head. The part of the machine that touches your head is called "the coil" and it will rest lightly on the top of your scalp. TMS is a noninvasive therapy for depression; there are no needles and no electrodes. The machine does not even touch your skin. During the first session, the psychiatrist will determine the best placement of the coil on your scalp and the optimal strength of the magnetic pulse to produce a response.
Each subsequent TMS session will last about an hour, including the 37 minute TMS treatment session. You will hear a loud tapping sound when the machine delivers magnetic pulses at intervals of about 20 seconds. During the treatment session, you can watch TV, read a book or magazine, or just relax. After the session, you can resume normal activities for the rest of day including driving, returning to work, or other planned activities.
A typical course of TMS is about 30 sessions. You will come to Skyland Trail in the Brookhaven community of Atlanta, GA, five days a week (Monday-Friday) for about six weeks. Additional sessions may be scheduled as needed.