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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

TMS in Atlanta for Adults with Depression

Located in Atlanta, Skyland Trail offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) depression treatment services. TMS depression therapy is offered as an outpatient service, as well as an add-on service to adult clients in our psychiatric residential treatment and day treatment programs.

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What is TMS? How does TMS work?

TMS is an FDA-approved noninvasive treatment for adults with depression. TMS uses a low intensity magnetic pulse to create an electrical current in the brain. The electrical current is narrowly targeted to stimulate the left prefrontal cortex, which is implicated in depression. Multiple studies have indicated that TMS is an effective treatment for major depressive disorder with low risks and minimal side effects.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation may be an appropriate and effective therapy for adults:

  • diagnosed with major depressive disorder
  • with treatment-resistant depression
  • whose depression symptoms have not responded to medications
  • who cannot take antidepressant medications due to allergies or other contraindications
woman receiving tms therapy

TMS Treatment for Depression: What to Expect

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.

What are the risks and side effects of TMS? Is TMS safe?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation was approved by the FDA in 2008. The most common reported side effects reported are mild scalp discomfort at the treatment site and headaches. These side effects usually subside after the first week of treatment and typically can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Because there is a very small risk of seizure (less than 1%), you should discuss any history of seizures with the psychiatrist before beginning treatment.

Financial Information for TMS Therapy in Atlanta

Due to its proven efficiency, TMS Therapy may be covered by your health insurance. We accept private pay and several major insurances: We do not accept Medicaid or Medicare. The Skyland Trail Glenn Family Wellness Clinic is in network with four insurance companies: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Health Care.

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We welcome calls from patients, family members, psychiatrists, and mental health professionals.

Location of TMS Therapy in Atlanta

The Skyland Trail Glenn Family Wellness Clinic is located in the Brookhaven community of Atlanta, GA.
1961 North Druid Hills RD NE, Atlanta, GA 30329


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