What is TMS?

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

It relieves symptoms that are not responsive to other depression treatments.

When to consider TMS as a treatment option

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.

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.

What to expect

To determine if TMS is right for you, an initial evaluation is needed. Patients who qualify are treated four or five times a week for six weeks. Appointments usually last for 30 to 40 minutes. Let your doctor or mental health provider know if:

  • You are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
  • Have any metal or medical device implants in your body.
  • You are taking any medications, including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements or vitamins.
  • You have a history of seizures or mania, any past injuries or surgeries, or any other physical or mental health problems.

Make an appointment

To schedule an initial evaluation, call 216.636.5860 or toll-free 866.588.2264.

We are located at Cleveland Clinic's main campus, 9500 Euclid Ave. Building P5 Cleveland, OH 44195.