TMS Therapy in Calabasas

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS therapy, is an FDA-cleared medical treatment for Major Depressive Disorder and OCD that is safe, non-invasive and highly effective for patients who have experienced little or no relief from prior antidepressant treatment.

TMS Therapy is FDA-Approved for Depression and OCD

TMS is hope. For many people, depression may continue despite treatment. Hard-to-treat depression is called treatment-resistant depression, or TRD. This is when medicine partly relieves symptoms or does not help at all. TMS often significantly helps TRD, OCD and many other mental illnesses. Contact us to find if your issue may be treated with Deep TMS therapy.

Deep TMS Therapy

We use the BrainsWay Deep TMS device, which generates a strong pulsed magnetic field, similar to that of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. It stimulates underactive nerve cells in brain regions known to regulate mood, helping to reset brain chemistry. It is relatively painless and does not have any of the side effects common with medication. 

TMS Treatments

The typical treatment course consists of 5 treatments per week over a 6-week period. Each treatment session lasts approximately 20 minutes. Patients drive themselves to and from the office, and resume their normal activities right away. 

In most patients, the clinical benefit was maintained through 6 months of follow-up study. Research demonstrated that two-thirds of patients maintain their response after one year. Patients continue their current medications and therapy throughout the TMS treatment course. Afterwards, many patients are able to stop taking antidepressants.

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FDA Approval
Is TMS Right for You?
How Deep TMS Works
FDA Approval

FDA Approves TMS Therapy Treatments

BrainsWay Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation device is an FDA-approved outpatient procedure for treatment resistant Major Depression and for OCD. In the FDA trials, over 10,000 active TMS treatments were performed by institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, Columbia University, and Stanford University. They prove that 1 in 2 patients treated with TMS experience significant improvement. Throughout the TMS Therapy trials, 1 in 3 patients experienced complete relief from their depression at the end of six weeks of treatment.

Is TMS Right for You?

Is TMS Right for You?

If your depression or OCD has not responded to traditional medicine, TMS may be the answer. It is also used successfully to treat many other conditions, such as anxiety, postpartum depression, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, among others.

How Deep TMS Works

How Does TMS Work?

BrainsWay's Deep TMS stimulation goes deeper than other TMS machines. Treatment sessions with this BrainsWay device are shorter and the total number of hours needed is less. Deep TMS achieves remission rates twice as fast, too.

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Our TMS Program for Success is Very Unique

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Calabasas Behavioral Health was one of the first practices in the nation to offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Our TMS Program for Success is the result of years of experience. It starts with a thorough evaluative process and continues supporting you well after the course of BrainsWay Deep TMS treatment. As a part of your TMS Therapy we include talk therapy, medication management, TMS patient support group sessions and close collaboration with your doctors and therapists.

We believe that our TMS Therapy Support Group is an invaluable part of long-term success. We invite current and past patients to join our live twice-monthly group sessions. Our professional staff delivers the TMS Program for Success curriculum in a warm and safe environment.

TMS FAQs

How does TMS Therapy work?

TMS Therapy is an FDA-approved, outpatient, non-invasive procedure. It stimulates underactive neurons that affect certain parts of the brain. These targeted areas control mood and other mental health issues. TMS uses repeated magnetic pulses similar to those of MRI machines through a coil that rests on the patient’s head. Visit our How does TMS Work? page.

What is TMS treatment like?

The typical course of TMS consists of 5 treatments per week over a 6-week period. Each treatment session lasts approximately 20 minutes. You remain awake and seated in a comfortable chair. You will experience a tapping sensation on your scalp throughout the treatment. You may resume your normal activities and drive yourself home or to work immediately afterwards.

How well does it work?

With Brainsway, 3 out of 4 patients achieve at least a 50% reduction in symptoms. One out of 2 patients experience complete remission. In most patients, the clinical benefit was maintained through 6 months of follow-up study. Research demonstrated that two-thirds of patients maintain their response after one year.

Patients continue their current medications and therapy throughout the TMS treatment course. Afterward, many patients are able to stop taking antidepressants.

Reference: 
J Clin Psychiatry. 2014 Dec;75(12):1394-401 A multisite, naturalistic, observational study of transcranial magnetic stimulation for patients with pharmacoresistant major depressive disorder: durability of benefit over a 1-year follow-up period. 

Dunner DL1, Aaronson ST, Sackeim HA, Janicak PG, Carpenter LL, Boyadjis T, Brock DG, Bonneh-Barkay D, Cook IA, Lanocha K, Solvason HB, Demitrack MA.

Are there side effects or pain?

TMS does not have any known long-term side effects. It is medication-free. It does not cause the systemic side effects of antidepressants: weight gain, dry mouth, upset stomach, drowsiness, and sexual dysfunction. In some patients, TMS may cause scalp sensitivity or headache, which generally dissipates within one week.

Is TMS covered by insurance?

TMS is covered under most health plans for major depressive disorder. Calabasas Behavioral Health will work with you and your insurance provider to assist you in submitting claims.

Is TMS Therapy like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

TMS differs greatly from ECT for many reasons, including:

  • TMS uses MRI technology
  • TMS is non-invasive and performed during office visits
  • Patients are awake and alert during treatment
  • Virtually no side effects
  • Patients may resume normal activities right after treatment