Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) Behavioral Health Center
If you’re among the more than 4 million Americans suffering from major depression who haven’t responded to traditional medication, hope has arrived — at the CDH Behavioral Health Center.
Delivering Hope in the Battle Against Depression
Now, without drugs or surgery, CDH Behavioral Health Center brings you an advanced treatment option, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), that targets the biological cause of depression.
TMS is safe and effective for treating major depressive disorder. During TMS therapy, you’re awake and reclined in a comfortable chair. A small device that rests on your head delivers focused magnetic pulses to your brain, stimulating the areas that affect your mood.
After a few weeks of daily treatment, lasting less than an hour, many patients find that their depression isn’t just easier to manage — it’s gone. Without pharmaceuticals, surgery or side effects, TMS can help return you to a normal, productive and more rewarding life.
Is TMS for You?
The dynamic course of treatment at CDH is delivered by NeuroStar, the only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved device proven safe and effective for the treatment of severe depression.
Patients who receive the most benefits are those diagnosed with severe depression who have failed to respond to prior antidepressant medication at or above the minimal dose and duration during the current depressive episode.
TMS is available by prescription only and administered under the supervision of a psychiatrist.
Are There Side Effects?
In clinical trials, TMS therapy was well-received by patients. The most common side effect reported was mild to moderate scalp discomfort. There is also a rare risk of seizure associated with TMS treatment.
If your doctor thinks TMS is right for you, make an appointment at the CDH Behavioral Health Center by calling 630.933.4000. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.