Psychiatrist Diana Ghelber, MD, is a certified provider of BrainsWay® deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. She uses TMS therapy to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, at the Institute for Advanced Psychiatry in Fort Worth, Texas. If you suffer from treatment-resistant depression or can’t tolerate the side effects associated with antidepressant medications, call or book online today to learn more about TMS therapy.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate specific areas of your brain that are associated with depression.
The magnetic fields involved in TMS are similar to those you experience in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
Dr. Ghelber uses the FDA-cleared BrainsWay deep TMS system, an FDA-cleared treatment that effectively reduces symptoms of depression, even in cases where medication doesn’t work.
The BriansWay TMS system sends highly concentrated pulses of magnetic energy into your brain through a treatment coil placed on your head. Dr. Ghelber positions the coil above your left prefrontal cortex, which is the region of your brain involved in controlling mood.
The magnetic pulses activate brain cells that are thought to release mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
Because depression may result from an imbalance in these neurotransmitters, TMS therapy treats depression by restoring balance to the brain.
If you have a psychiatric disorder that doesn’t improve with medication, or if you can’t tolerate the side effects associated with medications, TMS therapy may be the solution.
BrainsWay TMS is FDA-cleared for treatment-resistant major depressive disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
First, Dr. Ghelber performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history to make sure you’re a good candidate for TMS therapy.
BrainsWay TMS treatments occur in-office at the Institute for Advanced Psychiatry. The sessions last about 20 minutes, during which you relax in a comfortable chair.
Dr. Ghelber places a cushioned helmet on your head. The helmet contains the treatment coil that generates pulsed magnetic fields.
Most patients need five sessions per week for a period of 4-6 weeks for optimal results. After each brief session, you can drive yourself home and resume normal activities right away.
TMS therapy is painless, but some people experience mild to moderate scalp discomfort during treatment. This tends to occur less frequently after the first week.
To learn more about TMS therapy, call the Institute for Advanced Psychiatry or book an appointment online today.