All Posts in Category: TMS Therapy

What Does TMS Therapy Feel Like?

We often get asked questions regarding what TMS Therapy feels like. Most patients have a comfortable experience throughout their TMS Therapy sessions. Sometimes a light tapping sensation to the scalp can be felt that eventually dissipates as the patient acclimates to treatment. For the few who experience discomfort, it often has to do with an individual’s anatomy and not their innate pain threshold. Discomfort can arise from inadvertent stimulation of a scalp or facial nerve.

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Will TMS Therapy allow me to stop taking the medication used to treat my condition(s)?


The decision to incorporate medications in a patient’s treatment plan is very individualized and usually requires coordination between the TMS physician and your prescribing behavioral health provider. Most patients receiving TMS take psychiatric medications before and after their treatment. There is indirect evidence that medications can increase the likelihood of responding to TMS and help sustain the benefits of TMS after treatment is complete, though more research is needed to confirm and clarify this idea.

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Patients & Providers
Invited to Open House: Chapel Hill Center
Tuesday, August 29th

Learn How TMS Therapy is Successfully Helping People with Depression

Please Join Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers in an informational session about how Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS Therapy) is helping people that are struggling with Depression. Presented by Kellie Tolin, M.D., a psychiatrist with Greenbrook TMS with a special interest and experience in TMS Therapy, an FDA-cleared and proven treatment for depression. Dr. Tolin will fully discuss TMS Therapy and answer any questions.

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I’m Undergoing TMS & Haven’t Found Relief Yet. What Should I Do?

If you are treating with TMS Therapy and it has not brought you relief, we understand your concern. Response times are quite variable and while 3 weeks is an average time to begin to see a response, there are some patients that respond sooner while often many respond later. We have even treated patients that show response at the very end of treatment or after treatment has concluded. The older the patient, the longer it may take to see a response, but regardless of age, about 15% of patients make a subset of late responders and can require TMS Therapy beyond 6 weeks.

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Alcohol & TMS Therapy: Is it Safe?

A question that we are frequently asked with regards to TMS Therapy is if consuming alcohol is safe while undergoing TMS Therapy.

Alcohol use in TMS is not well studied, but some of the reports of seizures associated with TMS are believed to have resulted from alcohol use. In addition, alcohol is a known depressant, meaning alcohol can cause depression even when the person is not actually intoxicated. Therefore, most providers advise patients to abstain from alcohol if they are having trouble recovering from a depressive episode. We advise our patients that they should try and limit their use to an occasional drink at most. That being said, some patients prefer and intend to drink alcohol regardless.

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Q&A From Our Facebook Live Event on TMS Therapy & Depression

In a Facebook Live event today, Dr. William Sauvé, Medical Director with Greenbrook, along with Jennifer Marshall of This Is My Brave, Inc. discussed all aspects of TMS Therapy as a treatment for depression.

For those of you who tuned in to our live event, there were a few questions from our viewers that we didn’t have time to answer. We have provided the answers here.

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Online Event: TMS Therapy for the Treatment of Depression
Tuesday, June 27th at 12 PM EST

Please join us on Tuesday, June 27th, 12:00 pm ET for our Facebook Live & Instagram Live event on TMS Therapy for the Treatment of Depression.

Dr. William Sauvé, Medical Director with Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers, along with Jennifer Marshall of This Is My Brave, Inc. will discuss all aspects of this safe & effective treatment for depression as well as answer FAQ’s about TMS Therapy.

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Patients & Providers
Invited to Open House: North Raleigh Center
Tuesday, June 13

Learn How TMS Therapy is Successfully Helping People with Depression

Please Join Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers in an informational session about how Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS Therapy) is helping people that are struggling with Depression. Presented by Kellie Tolin, M.D. and Waheed Bajwa, M.D., psychiatrists with Greenbrook TMS with a special interest and experience in TMS Therapy, an FDA-cleared and proven
treatment for depression. Dr. Tolin and Dr. Bajwa will fully discuss TMS Therapy and answer any questions.

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Patients & Providers
Invited to Open House: Charlottesville Center
Thursday, July 28

Learn How TMS Therapy is Successfully Helping People with Depression

Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers invites Physicians and Interested People to an Info Session presented by William Sauvé, M.D., psychiatrist and Medical Director with Greenbrook TMS.  Learn how TMS Therapy is helping people struggling with Depression.  Dr. Sauvé will fully discuss TMS Therapy and answer any questions.

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