In Orange County
TMS is the light at the end of the tunnel for many individuals struggling with depression and anxiety.
We offer resources regarding options for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in Orange County to help you better understand the treatment and make informed decisions. Take the brief self-assessment survey below to gain a deeper understanding of how TMS can help your condition:
How do I get started with TMS?
A big aspect of getting proper treatment is finding the right medical team and clinic to meet your needs. As you enter this new chapter, we encourage you to explore the options that are out there and have important discussions with your primary physician about what you need. Or you can schedule an appointment with a provider who specializes in mental health. Your comfort is our utmost priority here at A Better Way, so please feel free to ask questions about the treatment process. The first step in your TMS healing journey is choosing a provider. We work closely with each individual who steps into our clinic with the goal of improving their quality of life and striving toward recovery. With our expert doctors, highly trained technicians, and a dedicated insurance reimbursement team, we aim to provide amazing care and support to you or your loved one.
Continue reading to discover more information about TMS, specifically how it helps the many patients who have struggled to find a depression treatment that works. Since FDA-approval of TMS in 2008, millions of treatments have been administered. Because of the non-invasive nature of TMS, minimal side effects, and a low-risk alternative to prescription medications, many people are adding TMS to their current path. The treatment process is a painless outpatient approach that involves a series of 30-minute sessions. You are awake the whole team and can watch TV, chat with your technician or rest. It’s your choice.
What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS):
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is often referred to as “TMS” and is a non-invasive, drug-free, and painless approach to the treatment of depression. The treatment works by harnessing magnetic pulses and targeting areas of the brain. The magnetic pulses are brief and safe, mimicking those of an MRI machine. All of our TMS treatment sessions are “non-systemic”, meaning that no foreign object or drug will enter your body. Many individuals who experience major depressive disorder (MDD) have decreased activity within mood-regulating areas of the brain. TMS acts as an activator by stimulating the brain and promoting new activity. Each patient is different and will receive a unique plan of care.
TMS therapy usually takes place over 6-8 weeks. Your initial appointment will involve finding the correct placement for the magnetic coils and the strength of magnetic pulses needed. This is achieved through mapping your motor threshold so the TMS paddle can be precisely positioned during treatment. During your TMS session, you will be awake and alert with the ability to watch TV, read, or listen to music to pass the time. After TMS is administered, you will not have any debilitating side effects that prevent you from going about your day as usual. You are free to drive, return to school, go to work, and participate in your regular daily activities.
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In all of these scenarios, we understand the difficulty involved with undergoing depression treatment and taking steps to get help. But, what if depression treatment can be easy?
Try a different approach with TMS! Each new patient that visits us gets a free consultation appointment that allows us to better understand your needs and allows you to ask questions.
We will also deal with all of the insurance, making this experience less stressful for you and your loved ones. Many insurance plans cover the cost of TMS. Some of these include Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, and Kaiser.