What is TMS?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive outpatient procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression.

TMS is a safe, effective, and FDA-approved treatment for treatment-resistant depression. It does not require surgery or implanting electrodes, nor does it cause seizures or require complete sedation with anesthesia.

What to expect

The Department of Psychiatry and Psychology offers a TMS Clinic for depression on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus (Desk T-3 in the T building). Patients who qualify for TMS are treated five days a week for six weeks. Appointments take 15 minutes and parking is free.

Side effects are generally mild and typically improve after the first week or two of treatment. The most common side effect is headache, which is typically successfully treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Am I a candidate for TMS?

To determine if TMS is right for you, an initial evaluation is needed. Please read the contraindications to determine if you meet criteria for evaluation:

  • Underlying seizure disorder or history of epilepsy in your immediate family.
  • Metallic implant or medical device within 30 cm of the head.
  • History of stroke or brain injury.

Make an appointment

A referral from your provider is required in order to schedule an initial evaluation. Please have your provider send us a message at PsychTreatResistProg@ccf.org for referral instructions. For general questions, please contact the office at 216.445.3359.

We are located at Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus, 9300 Euclid Ave., Building T3, Cleveland, OH 44195.