Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Some people with depression may not respond to regular therapy and medications in the same way others do. If you’ve found other forms of treatment to be unsuccessful in the past, TMS may be an option for you while in a Rogers Behavioral Health treatment setting in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

TMS therapy uses targeted, magnetic pulses to increase the brain’s activity over time, which may decrease depressive symptoms.

TMS is designed to complement your individually designed therapy plan—not replace it. If incorporated into treatment, it can help improve your outcomes and success outside programming. 

A safe, scientifically supported option

TMS is an FDA-approved treatment technique, and it is more moderate than other options. There is lower risk of side effects using TMS than with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and drug therapy.

At Rogers, your therapy will be delivered by a trained TMS technician, who will keep you informed throughout each session.

Research has shown that about 1 in 2 patients will experience a significant reduction in depressive symptoms after using TMS. About 1 in 3 individuals will reach complete remission from major depressive disorder (MDD). 

Treatment requirements

Various measures are used to determine if TMS is the best option for you. Ultimately, the decision will be made by you and your treatment team, but in general, to qualify for TMS therapy, one must:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Have a diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • Already be enrolled in residential, partial hospital or intensive outpatient programming at Rogers
  • Not have responded to prior antidepressant medications

To inquire about TMS, first consult your treatment team. For insurance coverage and reimbursement questions, contact Katie Alter, TMS technician, at 262-646-6977.

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