Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy

Achieve Remission from Depression
 

If you suffer from depression, and are not satisfied with your improvement on medications, Holyoke Medical Center can help. HMC now offers NeuroStar® TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), a safe and effective treatment for depression. The TMS suite at Holyoke Medical Center is providing new treatment options for patients with depression. TMS is a viable treatment option for patients who want to achieve remission from depression, and get back to their lives. Why wait to feel better?

What is TMS?
TMS is a non-invasive treatment that uses targeted magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain that is thought to be underactive in people with depression. The positive effects of TMS are cumulative, over the course of six weeks. TMS therapy is well tolerated though it may produce mild side effects such as headache and temporary discomfort at the treatment site.

What Can I Expect?
You remain awake and alert during the treatments, which last just over half an hour. You are seated in a comfortable treatment chair, a small headband will be affixed to your forehead, and the magnets will rest on your head. You will feel a tapping during the procedure. You can return to your normal daily activities after treatment is complete. Once daily treatment is complete, you will schedule six taper visits to gradually reduce the need for regular treatments.

Is it safe?
FDA-cleared to treat depression since 2008, TMS has a proven track record for providing a safe, effective way for patients to achieve remission from depression. Side effects, if any, are usually mild and temporary, including headache and temporary discomfort at the treatment site. Thinking and memory are not affected by TMS treatment.

Will my insurance cover TMS?
Most major insurances cover TMS. You may have a co-pay for each treatment.


Am I a candidate?
While TMS can benefit many patients suffering from depression, it is primarily meant for:

  • People who haven’t benefited significantly from prior use of antidepressants
  • Those who have suffered intolerable side effects from anti-depressants

Ask your doctor for more information.

Why Holyoke for TMS?
Holyoke Medical Center is a proven leader in the Pioneer Valley for the treatment of depression. We offer a completely safe, comfortable environment for TMS, with access to top doctors and nurses. Holyoke Medical Center is also a center for excellence in the treatment of depression with a complete range of other available services. Holyoke Medical Center is easily accessible by public transport, has onsite valet parking and is a friendly, small, community hospital.

For more information
The TMS Service at Holyoke Medical Center provides expert care for people suffering from depression. Our staff of board certified psychiatrists and the TMS Technician work with you every step of the way to help you feel better. For more information about TMS and other services, call (413) 534-2697.