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TMS TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION

ABOUT TMS

 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a treatment for depression that has been revolutionizing the field of clinical psychiatry.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has been FDA approved for treatment of depression since 2008, and has been used extensively across the world since then.

It is especially helpful for those who do not respond to antidepressants, as well as people who wish to avoid the side effects frequently caused by medications. TMS treatments occur on weekdays only and usually include 6 weeks of non-invasive, in-office treatments that take less than an hour each day, five days each week for approximately a total of 30 treatments.

Dr. Handoo offers TMS for patients at Psychiatry Associates of Kansas City.

What is TMS

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive method of stimulating neuro muscular tissue using strong, time varying magnetic fields to induce electrical currents. These can stimulate the cortex, spinal roots and peripheral nerves. Instead of using invasive electrical currents like in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), the magnetic pulses from TMS are similar in strength to those emitted during a typical MRI. The pulses are directed toward the prefrontal cortex of the brain to change the magnetic field and stimulate neurons within the mood center. This not only mitigates depression for a short time but can also result in long lasting relief.

Benefits of TMS

  • Non-invasive—no anesthesia, electrodes or electrical current used
  • Simple, in-office—administered by a technician and the patient can drive home afterward
  • For treatment-resistant depression—those not helped by antidepressants can benefit
  • No drug side effects—no reported nausea, weight gain, dry mouth or decreased sex drive
  • Long-lasting--after initial 6 weeks, maintenance may or may not be needed later

HOW DOES TMS WORK

 

TMS treatment is performed in a doctor’s office, while the patient is fully awake and seated in a comfortable chair. Because the magnetic pulses make a sound similar to that of a woodpecker, earplugs are provided. The TMS device is then placed in the proper position on the head and the magnetic pulses are delivered. The process usually takes approximately 37 minutes per each TMS session.

Dr. Handoo administers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for patients in suite 354 at Psychiatry Associates of Kansas City.

It is relatively simple.

  • Patient takes a seat
  • Device is placed on the head
  • Pulses are delivered for a short time
  • Patient returns to daily activities

Patient Testimonials

“They give you this nine-question quiz every time you see the doctor.  On a scale of 0 being the best, to 27 being the worst, I had scored consistently between 20 and 24 for decades.  I felt and looked dead inside.  I had no sparkle in my eyes, and I was just going through the motions to be able to pay the bills.  I cried almost 24/7 for no reason and it was disconcerting to everyone.  I just didn’t care anymore.

When my six weeks were up and I had finished my six maintenance sessions over the following two months, I was a new person, or better yet, the old person I had once been.  My quiz score on my last day was 4. I thought I’d never see a number that low ever again.  I would do the ‘Brain Magnets’ a hundred times over even if my insurance hadn’t covered it. Now I tell everyone I know who has been struggling with severe depression to talk to their doctor about TMS because if it could help me, I am sure it could help anyone.  I thank Dr. Handoo and the TMS techs at PAKC for giving my life back to me and my family.”

                                                                           41 years old, Kansas City, MO

 

“I suffered from Major Depressive Disorder for over 20 years.  After trying over 13 medications, often times taking multiple medications at a time in various combinations, I found Dr. Handoo who told me about TMS therapy.  When I started TMS I scored 14 on a PHQ-9. I had no energy, no interest in daily activities, trouble sleeping, severe mood swings, excessive anger, and strained relationships.  TMS is a lifesaving, life altering experience. It works! It is simple, painless, and the best treatment for depression I have ever received. My family and I started to notice improvement in my depression after just 2 weeks. By the end of 6 weeks I felt amazing! Never in my life had I felt so free from depression! I had more energy, was sleeping better, had no mood swings, no anger issues.  I was interested in activities and hobbies again and my relationships improved.  My PHQ-9 score was ZERO, a score I have NEVER had in my life! I went from 3 anti-depression medications to 1. TMS changed my life, it saved my life.”

 

                                                                           40 years old, Independence, MO

 
"TMS saved my life. I had tried every antidepressant under the sun and was still having suicidal thoughts. I was resigned to the fact that I would probably kill myself in the next five years or so. I had just been transferred to PAKC and met Dr. Handoo. He had me try a few more antidepressants with little success and eventually mentioned TMS to me. I initially thought, ‘oh no way, that sounds scary and painful and I know that I'm a huge wuss when it comes to pain,’ but I did some research and found that it's completely painless! So I agreed to try it, thinking it would be another failed attempt at making me lose this depression. I went and braced myself for pain but to my surprise there was none! About a month in, I started noticing that I wasn't planning my death anymore. Later on, with the help of the same medicine I'd been on, I was able to start a new job and work more, something I never would have been able to do before. I feel pretty normal most of the time, and while I still feel a little low every now and again, it's more like a gnat and less like an ostrich if that makes sense. TMS forever!"

35 years old, Kansas City, MO

"TMS saved my life and gave me a life worth living. I had tried quite a few different antidepressants that either didn't work or had very unpleasant side effects. I've suffered from severe depression and anxiety since childhood so I never really knew any other way of living. When I first started seeing Dr. Handoo I felt hope with him because he really listened and understood what my problems were. I was nervous and hesitant to start because I associated TMS with electric shock therapy (They are not even slightly similar). The TMS treatments had no negative/any side effects for me. I noticed a change at about session 16 or 17 when I had a dream in color for the first time of my life. I had never had a dream in color and I literally woke up with tears because it was so vivid and beautiful. TMS has lifted this fog out of my life, I can think clearly and rationally now, and I am able to go back to doing things I love to do. The TMS has even eased a lot of my PTSD symptoms from some trauma I experienced. I will forever be grateful to Dr. Handoo for recommending TMS to me and getting me started on it. The techs are so kind and they are a huge source of support that want you to succeed. I recommend TMS to anyone I know with depression because it will change your life, save your life, and give you a life worth living. "

28 years old, Gardner, KS

"I’m 30 years old and I’ve suffered with depression and anxiety my whole life. At first when Dr. Handoo suggested TMS I was skeptical, but it has literally changed my life. The treatment doesn’t hurt, more of a loud clicking noise and a tapping on your head. The technicians and Dr. Handoo truly work miracles. I have gone from a PHQ-9 score of 25 down to 0 and this is the best my depression has ever been since I was a kid. I never knew life could be this great and full of happiness! If medications aren’t working contact Dr. Handoo and his staff, they are the BEST!"

30 years old, Shawnee, KS

 

 

Patients interested in TMS in the Greater Kansas City area may send a message through ‘Contact Dr. Handoo’ portion of the website or email at irfan@drhandoo.com to schedule an appointment with Dr. Handoo