TMS

Brain Health Center

PSYCHIATRY & DEPRESSION SPECIALISTS LOCATED IN LEXINGTON, KY AND SERVING SURROUNDING COUNTIES

Integrative psychiatrist Jacob Bishop, MD, of Brain Health Center PSC in Lexington, Kentucky, has considerable experience in successfully treating patients who have a range of severe and disabling mental health conditions thanks to a noninvasive, painless therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Dr. Bishop finds TMS is often of great benefit to people who have major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other psychological problems, even when previous approaches have failed. Call Brain Health Center today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

TMS Q & A

What is TMS?

TMS is a revolutionary alternative to conventional treatments for depression, particularly in patients who aren’t getting better using other methods or who experience intolerable side effects from medications. TMS uses harmless magnetic fields - not electrical stimulation - to modify brain functioning. 

One new theory explaining depression, and many other psychiatric conditions, is that the brain’s networks are poorly connected or integrated. TMS causes brief pulses of brain activity to stimulate underactive brain networks in order to make them fire normally. TMS typically produces long-lasting improvement in the symptoms of depression and overall ability to function in life.

Am I a good candidate for TMS?

Before undergoing TMS, you attend a consultation with Dr. Bishop or Dr. Gager. They have the skills and experience to assess whether you’d be a good candidate for TMS. TMS is particularly suitable for patients who’ve been following a treatment program containing appropriate forms of psychotherapy and medication but aren’t showing much improvement or experience intolerable side effects from medications.

You might also benefit from TMS in addition to other treatments. Or if you have unpleasant side effects from your medication, TMS provides a way of treating depression without medication.

CloudTMS has FDA approval for treating major depression, treatment-resistant depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). TMS is undergoing FDA review for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and addiction, and has proven useful as off-label treatments for patients who have anxiety, physical pain, bipolar depression, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction problems.

What happens during a TMS procedure?

A typical TMS therapy session at Brain Health Center takes about 3 to 20 minutes. The series of brief treatments occurs five days a week for about 6 weeks in order to achieve the maximum benefit and long-lasting effects from your treatment. In some cases, maintenance treatments are recommended. 

Brain Health Center is unique in that its doctors use the latest TMS technology - Theta Burst - which allows for multiple brief treatments in one day, leading to potentially more rapid response and recovery. 

Drs. Bishop and Gager and the TMS technicians take specific measurements to precisely tailor treatment for each patient. They then measure your precise motor threshold, which is the benchmark for determining the energy levels needed to stimulate your brain.

Drs. Bishop and Gager adjust the TMS settings accordingly before administering the treatment. You might be aware of some clicking sounds or tapping sensations during the session, but you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. The intensity will be adjusted according to your comfort level. 

After your TMS session, you can return to your regular activities without any need for downtime. Patients typically report a lessening of their symptoms by 75% or more, and around 50% of patients report experiencing full recovery after TMS treatment.

To arrange a consultation with Dr. Bishop and Dr. Gager, call Brain Health Center today, or book an appointment online.

*Results are not guaranteed and patient experience may vary based on many factors. Brain Health Center PSC does not claim that TMS can diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition, neurocognitive disorder, or disease of a given patient.