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TMS Therapy Specialist

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center

Child and Adult Psychiatric Care & Interventional Psychiatry located in Hamden, CT & Woodbridge, CT

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is an innovative treatment that helps alleviate symptoms of many treatment-resistant mental health conditions. At Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center in Hamden and Woodbridge, Connecticut, triple board-certified psychiatrist David Aversa, MD, MPH, offers TMS therapy as a noninvasive, non-drug treatment option to help those unable to find relief from their mental health condition with traditional methods. To schedule a consultation, contact the office nearest you by phone or online today.

TMS Therapy Q&A

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy?

TMS therapy is a noninvasive, drug-free treatment offered at Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center that uses magnetic pulses of energy to stimulate certain areas of the brain to alleviate your symptoms.

The child and adult psychiatric care center uses the NeuroStar® advanced therapy system and BrainsWay® for TMS therapy.   

How does TMS therapy work?

During TMS therapy, your provider at Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center places a metal coil on your head and sends repeated magnetic pulses of energy to specific areas of your brain. The magnetic energy stimulates the nerve cells in the treatment area, which increases brain activity.

Though researchers are still investigating the underlying mechanism of how TMS therapy works, it’s theorized that the magnetic stimulation activates areas of your brain that may be underactive and responsible for your symptoms. 

Am I a good candidate for TMS therapy?

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center determines if you’re a good candidate for TMS therapy during a consultation. The psychiatric practice offers TMS therapy for adults with depression who fail to achieve satisfactory results from therapy and medication.

TMS therapy is also used to treat anxiety, autism, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center also offers deep TMS therapy using the BrainsWay system for adult patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). 

If you suffer from one of these conditions and can’t get relief from your symptoms with traditional psychiatric treatments, contact Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center today to learn more about TMS therapy and how it may help you. 

What happens during TMS therapy?

TMS therapy is a painless, noninvasive treatment conducted at the office of Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center. Your first session may be the longest and take up to one hour. During this session, your provider determines the areas of your brain that need treatment, as well as your optimal dose.

You may hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation during your TMS therapy. To get the most benefits out of your TMS therapy, you may need treatment five days a week for up to six weeks. Each follow-up appointment takes about 40 minutes and you can resume your usual activities after therapy.

You may notice an improvement in your symptoms within a few weeks of starting treatment. The degree of symptom improvement varies, but in some cases, symptoms go away altogether. 

No single treatment works for all mental health conditions. To learn more about TMS therapy and how it may help you, contact Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center by phone or online today.