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TMS Therapy: Introducing A Drug-Free Depression Relief and New Hope For The Treatment of Depression at Inspire Behavioral Health (IBH)


TMS may be effective in treating severe depression that hasn’t improved with antidepressant medication


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Frequently Asked Questions About TMS


What is TMS?

TMS is a non-invasive, medication-free, scientifically proven state-of-the-art technology that treats depression by emitting magnetic pulses to the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is the region where mood is regulated. These magnetic pulses are very similar to those experienced during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These pulses work to activate the area of the brain that is implicated in the pathophysiology of depression. The patient remains awake and alert throughout the duration of the treatment and is cared for and monitored by a certified TMS Therapist. We Use The Same TMS Technology Used By Top Medical Schools and Centers Such As:

• Harvard Medical School

• Northwestern Medical School

• Johns Hopkins Medical School

• Duke Medical School

• Vanderbilt School of Medicine

At Inspire Behavioral Health We Treat Depression Differently!

What happens during the procedure?

During TMS therapy, you are awake and reclined in a comfortable chair. A TMS nurse will place a small device on your head. The device will deliver focused magnetic pulses to a targeted area of the brain, stimulating the areas that affect your mood. The electricity won’t hurt you or damage your skin or hair. These pulses cause changes in the brain that help improve your depression.

How long is the procedure?

A TMS therapy session typically lasts approximately 30-35 minutes, and is administered daily, for up to six weeks. Your psychiatrist will decide how long and how often you should receive TMS therapy. Depending on your results, your doctor may recommend additional TMS maintenance sessions.

Do I need to be hospitalized for TMS?

TMS is administered in the doctor’s office. It is a non-invasive therapy and does not require sedation or general anesthesia. You will be fully awake and aware during the treatment. There is no recovery time, so you can return home or to work immediately following the procedure.

Is TMS a cure for depression?

Treatment results vary from patient to patient, but TMS could help relieve symptoms of depression. After a few weeks of daily treatment, many patients find that their depression is easier to manage, even without antidepressants. Though TMS can help to lessen the symptoms of depression, not all patients respond to the treatment.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effects reported are mild to moderate headaches, and temporary scalp discomfort. If you experience side effects, you can stop the treatment at any time.

Is TMS FDA approved?

TMS is an FDA approved device proven safe and effective for the treatment of severe depression. TMS is included in the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the treatment of patients with major depression.

Will TMS work for me?

You may benefit from TMS treatment if you have severe depression that has not improved with antidepressant medication. Your psychiatrist may help determine whether TMS is right for you. An evaluation by one of our experienced TMS clinicians can be particularly helpful in determining if TMS is an option for you. TMS therapy is available by prescription only and is administered under the supervision of a psychiatrist.

Who cannot get TMS therapy?

With the exception of braces and dental fillings, patients with nonremovable metal in their heads are not candidates for TMS.

How can I get TMS therapy?

Before scheduling your treatment, you must be evaluated by one of our TMS psychiatrists. If you or your doctor thinks TMS is right for you, make an appointment for a consultation. Please call: 703- 592-4600 to schedule an appointment

Is TMS covered by insurance?

Some insurance companies are providing coverage for TMS. Please check with your insurer for their specific coverage policies.

Additional Resources

Watch a Video (Link) to learn more about TMS therapy.

Your TMS Therapy Consultation

Your initial complimentary consultation will allow you and your TMS Therapist to discuss your symptoms, treatment history, and whether TMS is an appropriate treatment option for you. Additionally, if you have not yet had a medical evaluation, our TMS Therapists will schedule an evaluation for you with one of our physicians. If our physician determines that you are a candidate for TMS, our team will work with your insurance provider to obtain approval, review all financial costs with you and those you care about, then help you schedule your appointments.



You may benefit from TMS Treatment if you have severe depression that has not improved with antidepressant medication. Before scheduling your treatment, you must be evaluated by a TMS psychiatrist.