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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an in-office treatment for depression. TMS is designated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adults.

Program Overview

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an in-office treatment for depression. TMS is designated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to receive adequate improvement from prior antidepressant medication. TMS does not require any anesthesia or sedation and has no systemic side effects or adverse effects on cognition or sleep.
TMS helps activate the natural function of the brain’s neurotransmitters using non-invasive magnetic field similar to that of an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Hennepin Healthcare uses the NeuroStar TMS therapy system.

What is a treatment visit like?

Each treatment is typically between 19 and 37 minutes and therapy is 5 days a week for 4 to 6 weeks. You are awake and alert during treatment and can resume normal activities immediately afterwards. We can provide things to read or watch during your treatment time.

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How can I receive TMS treatment?

To begin TMS treatment contact your mental health provider and ask for a referral to Hennepin Healthcare TMS at the Adult Psychiatry Clinic.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, TMS is not the same as ECT and does not have the same mechanism of action. 

Many people’s depression symptoms significantly improved or went away after 6 to 8 weeks of therapy.

A referral from a current provider is needed for this treatment.

Check with your insurance to determine coverage. Treatment will need to be processed through insurance before it is started to determine coverage eligibility.

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