Frequently Asked Questions

TMS is fast acting, FDA-approved, medication-free and covered by most insurance providers.

How long has TMS been around?

Dr. Mark George at MUSC was the first person to use TMS to treat depression back in 1985. TMS had been used in research to investigate neurological disorders but Dr. George was the first to use the device in psychiatry.  TMS was FDA approved in 2008 and millions of TMS sessions have been given since then.

How long does TMS last if it works?

When people get well, they tend to stay well. Often times, medications run their course and stop working within a year. With TMS, the majority of people who get well, stay well. For those who relapse, 80-90% of them will respond to a 2nd, often shorter course of TMS.

How to treat OCD?

OCD or obsessive  compulsive disorder is diagnosed when people have intrusive, uncontrollable distressing thoughts that they know are illogical. Frequently, people have to engage in a ritual or compulsion to eliminate the thought from their mind. OCD is difficult to treat. Exposure and response prevention therapy and medications such as Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, Zoloft, and Clomipramine are commonly used to treat OCD. In 2018, the FDA approved a new treatment for OCD called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) which is also very effective to treat depression.

How long does TMS last if it works?

When people get well, they tend to stay well. About a third of people will relapse within a year, which is a lower rate than with medication. Unlike a medication, TMS is repeatedly successful. One someone is a TMS responder, they have an 80% chance or responding again in the future.

How long has TMS treatment been around?

TMS was first used to treat depression in 1985. It was FDA approved in 2008. It continues to grow among psychiatrists.

How does major depression affect your ability to work?

Frequently, when people struggle with depression, they have difficulty with concentration and attention. Most people will say that they have memory trouble, particularly short term. However, it is not that memory recall is an issue. The problem is with concentration and thus inability to make the memory. Another consequence of poor concentration is difficulty making even simple decisions or completing basic tasks. With impaired concentration/attention, people often will struggle at work.

How to stop being depressed and anxious?

Depression and anxiety exist in layers. In the first layer, people are able to manage things themselves. In the next layer, people respond to psychotherapy. But at the third and deepest layer, brain functioning is impaired to such a degree that the only way out of depression/anxiety is treatment with a medication or TMS.

Success rate for brain stimulation for depression?

TMS is highly successful. In our clinic, 70% of people have a significant reduction in their symptoms. This is an amazing result. When people choose to do TMS, they have often failed 3 or more medications. At this point in treatment, there is a 10-15% chance that the next medication will be helpful. But if they choose TMS, they have a 60-70% chance of recovery.

“My treatments were under 5 minutes each day and the team was great about getting me in and getting me back out so I could get back to work/life.”


New Hope For Depression 

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133 E 1st North St. Summerville, SC 29483