Where Can I Get TMS Treatment?
Studies and statistics from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health indicate that annually, one in five Canadians experience a mental health disorder or problem with addiction and that by the time Canadians reach the age of 40, one in two have, or have had, a mental illness.
Many people struggling with various mental health conditions are treated with antidepressant pharmaceuticals, but these drugs can have negative side effects like headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, restlessness, and sexual problems. For some patients, antidepressants don’t work. Enter TMS: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
What is TMS Treatment?
TMS is a non-invasive treatment of the areas of the brain involved in mood control. It is sometimes referred to as dTMS (Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) or rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).
Recurring magnetic pulses are transmitted by a helmet worn by the patient. These painless pulses stimulate brain cells to improve communication between different parts of the brain. Some of the variables considered in TMS are:
- MT Level (Motor Threshold)
- Pulses per Second
- Stimulation Time
- Number of Pulses
- Percentage of MT
Results evolve over a series of several sessions, with noticeable improvement usually after four weeks but sometimes sooner.
What Can TMS Treatment Be Used For?
At this time in Canada, TMS treatment is only approved for treatment-resistant major depressive episodes and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). With the continued successful use of TMS, it is hoped that one day Canada will follow the lead of many European countries and approve TMS for the treatment of:
- Post-stroke Rehabilitation
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Chronic Pain
Where Can I Get TMS Treatment?
TMS treatment is usually performed at a hospital, medical center, doctor’s office, or clinic. For optimal results, it is best to choose a clinic that specializes in TMS treatment.
What Is the Cost of TMS Treatment?
Being that OHIP does not cover TMS at this time, it can be costly to undergo a full course of TMS treatment. Many extended health plans help cover the cost in whole or in part. Cost per session ranges between $150 – $300
What Does TMS Treatment Feel Like?
You may feel a slight tapping sensation on your scalp, but most people feel nothing at all. If you feel any discomfort, tell your technician, and they will adjust the settings.
Do I Need a Prescription for TMS Treatment?
TMS Clinics are trained to assess patients for treatment and determine the course of treatment. No prescription is necessary, though the TMS provider may collaborate with your doctor to coordinate your care.
Does TMS Really Work?
More than 70% of people struggling with treatment-resistant major depressive episodes experience a meaningful response from TMS. Nearly half of patients treated with TMS experience full remission.
Relieve Your Depression with TMS
To get more information about TMS treatment and find out if it is the treatment for you, book a complimentary consultation today.