Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy for Depression in Ohio
A Non-systemic and Non-invasive Treatment
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of patients with depression who have not been able to find relief from symptoms of depression through antidepressant medications. TMS Therapy has been demonstrated to be effective, safe and tolerable. Akron General is proud to be one of the first centers in Ohio to offer this exciting new treatment.
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How TMS Therapy Works TMS Therapy works by delivering highly focused MRI-strength magnetic pulses to non-invasively stimulate the left prefrontal cortex of the brain.
Statistically and clinically significant improvements in depression symptoms
Significant improvements in core depression symptoms, anxiety, somatization (pain), and psychomotor retardation (slowing of thoughts)
In the open-label trial, 54% of patients responded and 33% remitted
Safety and Tolerability*
More than 10,000 active treatments were safely performed
No systemic side effects, such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, or dry mouth
No adverse effects on cognition
Most common side effects were scalp pain or discomfort
Less than 5% of patients discontinued due to side effects
Who performs the actual TMS Therapy? The treatment team includes a psychiatrist and a nurse, who have special training in the use of TMS for depression. Before treatment begins, patients have a consultation with the psychiatrist to find out if TMS is right for them. If appropriate, the psychiatrist will also talk with family members and the referring healthcare provider.
Our Treatment Specialists for TMS Therapy for Depression
Jeffrey Moore, MD Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Akron General Medical Center
Kamala Adury, MD Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
What patients can expect during treatment Patients being treated with TMS Therapy do not require anesthesia or sedation and remain awake and alert. It is a 40-minute, non-invasive outpatient procedure performed by a psychiatrist or nurse with special training, and it is typically administered daily for 4-6 weeks. Patients like the comfort and serenity of our treatment room, and can use each session for relaxation.
TMS Treatment Location for Depression: Akron General Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center Building, 4th Floor Akron, Ohio 44307 For more information, call 330-344-7980.
*Treatment results based on recent clinical trials.