What is TMS?

New Treatment for Depression: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

If depression appears to be in control of your life, you are not alone. Over 16 million people in the US suffer from depression. And more than 4 million people are not satisfied with their current treatment with antidepressant medication. You may be “treatment-resistant.”

Treatment–Resistant Depression (TRD) or treatment-refractory depression are terms used in clinical psychiatry to describe Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) that does not respond adequately to appropriate courses (adequate dose and duration) of two or more antidepressants.

Treatment-resistance is relatively common in cases of MDD. Rates of total remission following antidepressant treatment are only 50.4%. In cases of depression treated by a primary-care physician, 32% of patients partially respond to treatment, and 45% do not respond at all (‘Non-Responders’).

Cleared by the FDA in 2008, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is increasingly recognized by the medical community as a ‘valuable therapeutic option’ in treatment-resistant depression.

In 2010, American Psychiatric Association (APA) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression added TMS. These are guidelines that provide recommendations for how psychiatrists treat depression..

What Could TMS Mean for You?

ThriveLogic uses the technology of NeuroStar TMS Therapy® to achieve remission for our patients with treatment-resistant depression.

If you, or someone you know and love still suffers from clinical depression after multiple treatment attempts, TMS may be the answer. The possibility of achieving remission – and a full and robust life after treatment with TMS – has proven very promising.

  • FDA Cleared
  • not ECT (electroconvulsive therapy)
  • non-drug
  • long lasting symptom relief
  • non-invasive
  • covered by most insurance
  • no side effects of drugs
  • over 2 million treatments delivered

TMS Treatment ‘Efficacy.’

A number of randomized placebo-controlled trials have compared real versus sham TMS. These trials have consistently demonstrated the efficacy of TMS treatment against major depression. In clinical terminology, ‘efficacy’ is the ability to achieve the desired outcome or effect. In other words, TMS works.

There have also been many meta-analyses of ‘Randomized Controlled Trials’ (the gold standard of the clinical trial) confirming the efficacy of TMS in treatment-resistant major depression, as well as naturalistic studies showing its effectiveness in ‘real world’ clinical settings.

Watch Some TMS Success Stories

Schatzie Brunner

Former CNN Anchor Schatzie Brunner talks about how she found wellness with NeuroStar Treatment by Dr. Scott West and ThriveLogic (formerly known Nashville TMS).

Robert Rodger

Robert experienced depression since he was a child. He tells his story amid the doubts and fears, through the treatment and into recovery.

Martha Rhodes

As she explains in her memoir, NeuroStar TMS Therapy® changed her life. Get a FREE copy of her book, 3,000 Pulses Later: My TMS Journey, courtesy of NeuroStar.