If you want to be treated with our Advanced TMS using the NeuroStar Therapy System we want you to have it, but we must first determine if you’re a qualified candidate for TMS.
Let’s cover a couple of initial hurdles first.
- What is your score on the Signs of Depression Test?
- Do you have conductive, ferromagnetic, or other magnetic-sensitive metals implanted in your head?
- Are you considering TMS for an “off label” use? If so, please understand that we will sometimes use TMS off label, but not just for anything. There has to be research sufficient to convince us that TMS makes sense, and has a good chance of being effective.
Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly how to answer these questions because we’re going to help you determine the answers. Besides you can call us with any questions.
What Is Your Signs of Depression Test Score & What Does It Mean?
Obtaining your Signs of Depression Test score will take just a few minutes. This is a nine item, depression self test. It’s a powerful tool to help with diagnosing depression and monitoring treatment response. The nine items are based directly on the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder.
Your Signs of Depression score was easy to determine, right? But what does it mean?
Anyone with a Signs of Depression Test score of 10 or higher may be a suitable candidate for TMS. Higher scores indicate more severe depression. Many people who used to have Signs of Depression Test scores in the twenties, now have scores of five or less because treatment with TMS restored their hope.
Test scores of nine and below indicate remission from clinical depression in people who used to be depressed.
What About TMS & Your Dental Work?
Acceptable metal objects include dental fillings, single post dental implants, and dental bridge work. TMS is safe for people who’ve had dental work! Good thing since we don’t know anyone without some fillings, but…
Ferromagnetic Metal In The Head Means TMS Is Unsafe
Transcranial magnetic stimulation has the potential to affect devices or objects implanted in the head. Because of this, TMS is contraindicated in patients who have “conductive, ferromagnetic, or other magnetic-sensitive metals” such as cochlear implants, implanted stimulators, aneurysm clips, metal plates, stents, or bullet fragments in or near their head.
Many people with metal in their head are suitable candidates for TMS. In general, if you’ve been told you can safely have an MRI, you can safely have TMS.
Some Things Should Be Discussed With Us
We are very careful in persons with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators, but TMS is not unsafe in people with these devices in spite of what you might read elsewhere. We will be glad to explain in some detail exactly how we can be so sure of this. Should you have one of these devices, and think you might be a candidate for TMS, please don’t avoid this excellent treatment. There is zero risk when the treatment is properly used.
We’ve discussed these devices and safety issues several times with Dr. Mark George, and understand very well why the warnings were published, and what they mean, and how they don’t apply to anything done at TMS Augusta.
Furthermore, we’re very careful in patients who have a history of seizures, or conditions associated with altered seizure threshold (e.g., stroke, dementia, head injury).
Let’s talk. In order to determine if any of these matters would keep you from having TMS, we need to discuss your individual circumstances, review your medical history, and maybe talk with some of your doctors.
The Big Question
What do you want to see changed in your life?
We can’t tell you what you want to do with your life, but at TMS Augusta we know how to change people’s lives with the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System.
TMS may be right for you if you’ve determined by the above screening questions that there’s nothing to prevent you from being a candidate. NeuroStar TMS is available worldwide, and we’d suggest making an appointment with a nearby provider to discuss your options.
Of course, TMS must be prescribed by a psychiatrist, which can be done only if a psychiatric evaluation determines that the procedure is in your best interests. A psychiatrist must determine that you can be safely treated with magnetic stimulation therapy, and if you have psychiatric problems which are likely to respond to the treatment.
NeuroStar TMS is widely available, so most people don’t have to look far for a TMS provider. Wherever you live, TMS is a safe and effective treatment. Might it be the best possible therapy for you? Helping you make that determination is one of the goals behind this website.
There is a great deal of research to guide our decisions in patient selection, and to help us inform you about the likelihood you can become another transcranial magnetic stimulation success story.
We know TMS is safe. We have both NeuroStar training and certification, and Brain Stimulation Lab training and certification; safety is our most important consideration with all TMS patients. We also want to have a very high batting average with TMS, and try to select for treatment only patients very likely to respond very well to magnetic brain stimulation therapy.
We network and communicate with other psychiatrists to share information about TMS so that all of us can do the best job possible with our patients. We’ve been very impressed with the other TMS doctors we’ve met.
If you live anywhere near our office in Augusta, Georgia, and might be a candidate for TMS we’d love to meet with you. We’d love to help you turn the lights on in your brain. Maybe you can be the next person in this chair.
At TMS Augusta there is no charge for an TMS Qualification Assessment!
However, there is required homework which must be done before the TQA. Call us, and we’ll explain the homework assignments, and schedule you for a TMS Qualification Assessment.