Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders can be difficult to treat. Sometimes medication and psychotherapy aren’t enough. At Mount Sinai, we offer another option: transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat these conditions when other approaches haven’t worked.
How Treatment Works
When you receive TMS treatment, you sit in a comfortable chair. You remain awake and alert while one of our psychiatrists places a TMS coil over your head. This coil generates a pulsating magnetic field that improves the communication among certain areas of the brain. These pulses are not painful and have few side effects.
Depending on which treatment protocol you receive, treatment lasts between 2 and 20 minutes. We generally provide TMS every day for four to six weeks, depending on how well you respond. That usually means 20 to 30 sessions. In addition, we provide six additional sessions at the end, to wean you off treatment.
Throughout the treatment, we monitor you and evaluate your progress. Sessions take place at Mount Sinai West, located at 1000 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019.