All About Accelerated TMS Treatment

What is TMS treatment?

TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS treats depression and other mental illnesses by stimulating areas of the brain with low activity. It uses magnetic pulses to non-invasively target the low-activity, which causes depression. TMS is commonly used when other depression treatments have not been effective for the patient.

How does accelerated TMS differ from traditional TMS?

In comparison to traditional TMS, accelerated TMS is a faster and more accessible form of TMS treatment. Traditional TMS typically takes around 6 weeks to complete while accelerated TMS only takes 1 to 2 weeks. Instead of the 30 treatment sessions taking place over 6 weeks, the patient receives 10 sessions every day for 5 days. We also have an amended protocol where treatments are delivered over 2 weeks with 5 treatments per day instead of 10, with equally effective results. In general, results suggest that accelerated TMS might be more effective than traditional TMS.

What is accelerated TMS treatment like?

Accelerated TMS does not require any sedation or anesthesia, and it takes place in an outpatient setting. During TMS, an electromagnetic coil will be placed against your scalp. The magnet in the coil sends magnetic pulses to stimulate your brain in places that control your mood. Each treatment session lasts from 20 to 40 minutes. 

Are there any risks associated with accelerated TMS?

Side effects are uncommon with TMS treatment, but they can include sleepiness, headaches, scalp pain, or lightheadedness. The risk of developing seizures is one in one thousand. You should avoid TMS if you have a history of seizures or have metal in your head such as metal plates.

Accelerated TMS at TMS Center of Colorado

TMS Center of Colorado is among the first centers to offer accelerated TMS in Colorado. If you are interested in learning more about accelerated TMS, please call TMS Center of Colorado at 303-884-3867.

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