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How Effective Is TMS Therapy?

Mental health treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each individual may require a different approach or combination of therapies to address their specific needs. For those who are struggling with depression, traditional methods such as medication and talk therapy may not always be effective or may come with unwanted side effects. One of the most effective alternative treatments for depression is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. This non-invasive treatment can be a game-changer for those who have not found relief with other methods.

Columbia Associates offers TMS therapy services that can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals with depression. Call 703.682.8208 today to learn more about this approach to treatment.

What Is TMS Therapy?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS therapy, is a non-invasive procedure in which magnetic fields are used to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. It’s a low-risk, effective method for treating depression by targeting the areas of the brain responsible for mood control. TMS therapy is especially beneficial for those who have tried traditional depression treatments like medication and psychotherapy without success, or for those who have experienced negative side effects from medications.

While the exact mechanism of how TMS therapy works is still being studied, it’s believed that the magnetic fields used in this treatment stimulate areas of the brain that are underactive in people with depression. By activating these areas, TMS therapy can improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression.

Effectiveness Rates of TMS Therapy

So, how effective is TMS therapy? Harvard Health reports that between 50% and 60% of those with depression who did not respond well to other types of interventions experienced a clinically meaningful response with TMS. Of this group, 1/3 no longer experienced any depression symptoms.1

It’s clear that TMS therapy can be highly effective for those who have not found relief with traditional treatments. It’s also worth noting that TMS therapy has a low side-effect profile, making it a preferred option for many individuals.

Benefits of TMS Therapy

One of the most significant benefits of TMS therapy is its non-invasive nature. Unlike other treatments like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which require anesthesia and can cause memory loss, TMS therapy does not involve any medications or invasive procedures. This makes it an ideal option for those who may be hesitant to try traditional treatments or who have not responded well to them in the past.

Other benefits of TMS therapy include:

  • No systemic side effects or weight gain
  • Little to no downtime after each session
  • No need for daily medication dosing
  • Long-lasting relief from depression symptoms, even after the treatment course is completed

While TMS therapy may not be the right option for everyone, its high success rates and minimal side effects make it a promising treatment for those struggling with depression. If you’re interested in learning more about how TMS therapy can help you or a loved one, contact Columbia Associates today.

Get in Touch with Columbia Associates

At Columbia Associates, we understand the challenges that come with living with depression. That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of mental health services, including TMS therapy, to help our clients find relief and improve their quality of life. Our team of experienced professionals will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

It’s easy to get started with treatment that could change your life. Call 703.682.8208 today to get in touch with Columbia Associates. If you’re ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, click here to reach out to our team of empathetic, mental health care experts! For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly.


1. Harvard Health – Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Hope for stubborn depression