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TMS - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment for Depression at IU Health

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and IU Health are pleased to announce the availability of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment for depression at the psychiatry outpatient clinic at University Hospital. TMS is a treatment which involves magnetic stimulation of the front part of the brain which has been shown to have reduced metabolic activity in depression. Though the mechanism of action of TMS is not fully known at this time, it is thought to involve directly increasing the metabolic activity of the nerve cells of the front part of the brain. TMS therapy does not require anesthesia and is conducted in a fully awake state while a person is sitting down in a reclining chair. In 2008 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the TMS device manufactured by Neuronetics for treatment of depression which is inadequately treated with at least one antidepressant, either due to lack of efficacy or due to side effects.

A treatment course of TMS involves five brain stimulation treatments every week for five weeks for a total of 25 treatments. Clinical trials have shown that many patients experience a 50% decrease in their symptoms and even a complete remission of symptoms with TMS therapy. Currently, TMS treatment is covered by a limited number of insurance agencies but our program can provide financial assistance for patients with no insurance for this procedure. TMS is an exciting new treatment which can be used to combat depression.

For further information and to arrange an evaluation please call Becky McMahon at 317-963-7270.

Department of Psychiatry | 355 W. 16th St., Suite 4800 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 963-7288 | Fax: (317) 963-7313