Transcranial magnetic stimulation

When antidepressant medications are not enough to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), TMS may be the right option for you. Offered for adults ages 18 and over, TMS is available in our San Francisco East Bay and Oconomowoc, Wis., locations as an outpatient treatment.

A safe, scientifically supported option

TMS is an FDA-approved treatment technique for those struggling with major depressive disorder (MDD). A machine uses targeted magnetic pulses to stimulate the prefrontal cortex region of the brain, which is underactive in patients suffering from depression. More moderate than other options, there is lower risk of side effects using TMS than with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and drug therapy.

At Rogers, your therapy will be delivered by a trained TMS technician, who will keep you informed throughout each session.

Research has shown that about 1 in 2 patients will experience a significant reduction in depressive symptoms after using TMS. About 1 in 3 individuals will reach complete remission from major depressive disorder (MDD). 

Treatment requirements

Various measures are used to determine if TMS is the best option for you. Ultimately, the decision will be made by you and our treatment team, but in general, to qualify for TMS therapy, one must:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Have a diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • Not have responded to prior antidepressant medications

You do not need to be a current patient of Rogers to enroll in our TMS treatment program.

For questions related to TMS, contact our admissions department in Oconomowoc (262-646-4411) or in San Francisco East Bay (844-650-4411).

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