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  • John M. Thurston, MD

Understanding the TMS Treatment Process at North Idaho Ketamine and TMS

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a groundbreaking treatment offering hope and relief for individuals battling various mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. At North Idaho Ketamine and TMS, we are committed to providing innovative and compassionate care. In this post, we'll walk you through the TMS treatment process, helping you understand what to expect every step of the way.

 What is TMS?

TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression and other mental health conditions. It's often considered when other treatment methods haven't been effective.

 Step 1: 90 minute Initial Evaluation:

Your journey begins with an initial evaluation with our Psychiatrist. During this time, we'll discuss your medical history, the nature of your symptoms, and any previous treatments you've undergone. This session is crucial for determining if TMS is the right option for you.

 Step 2: Treatment Planning

Once you're deemed a candidate for TMS, we'll create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This includes determining the precise area of the brain to target and the appropriate intensity of the magnetic pulses.

Patient undergoing TMS mapping
Patient undergoing TMS mapping

 Step 3: The First Session

Your first TMS session will involve mapping your brain to find the most effective stimulation site. This process is critical for ensuring the magnetic pulses accurately target the areas of the brain responsible for mood regulation. You'll be awake and alert throughout this non-invasive procedure, and our team will be there to guide you and ensure your comfort.

Patient undergoing a TMS session
Patient undergoing a TMS session

 Step 4: Regular Treatment Sessions

TMS treatment typically involves a series of sessions, usually five days a week for four to six weeks. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. During the session, you'll wear a magnetic coil on your head, which will deliver short magnetic pulses to the brain. You may hear clicking sounds and feel tapping sensations on your forehead, but the procedure is generally well-tolerated with minimal side effects.

 Step 5: Monitoring Progress

Throughout your treatment, our team will closely monitor your progress and adjust the treatment as necessary to maximize its effectiveness. Regular check-ins will help us understand how you're responding to the treatment and make any necessary adjustments.

 What to Expect After Completing TMS Treatment

Many patients report feeling improvements in their symptoms after a few weeks of treatment. However, results can vary, and some may experience benefits after completing the full course of treatment. It's important to maintain open communication with our team during and after your treatment to ensure the best possible outcome.

 Is TMS Right for You?

If you're struggling with depression, anxiety, or PTSD and haven't found relief from traditional treatments, TMS may offer a new hope. At North Idaho Ketamine and TMS, our team is dedicated to providing a supportive and understanding environment to help you on your journey to recovery.

 Ready to Explore Your Options?

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about whether TMS is right for you. At North Idaho Ketamine and TMS, we're here to support you every step of the way on your path to wellness.

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