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If you are interested in TMS (or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Call, Text or Email below for your Free TMS Consultation to see if TMS is right for you! 

TMS HOTLINE: (615) 348-8200 

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Frequently Asked Questions on TMS 
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What is the history of TMS Therapy?
  • First used in 1985, TMS has been used by researchers around the world to help understand the function of different parts of the brain. As of 2018, over 17,000 papers have been published regarding the use of TMS in stimulating select regions of the brain.
  • Since the mid-1990s, TMS has been studied as antidepressant therapy.
  • In 2006, the largest randomized, placebo-controlled study ever conducted with TMS Therapy was completed. This study was sponsored by Neuronetics/NeuroStar.
  • In 2008, the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system was cleared for use by the FDA for the treatment of adult patients with major depressive disorder who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from at least one prior medication antidepressant treatment.
  • Brainsway Deep TMS received FDA clearance to treat major depression for those who have not improved from prior antidepressant medication treatment in 2013. 
  • In March 2014, the FDA gave clearance for the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System to broaden its indication to the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication in the current episode.  
  • Since this time, now five other devices have been FDA cleared for use in the US:  MagStim, MagVenture, CloudTMS, NextStim, and Mag and More.  
  • In the fall of 2018, Brainsway received FDA clearance to treat OCD with TMS and MagVenture received Theta Burst protocol approval.  Multiple other devices now feature this same protocol.  

What is TMS Therapy?
  • TMS Therapy is a non-systemic and non-invasive form of neuromodulation, which stimulates nerve cells in an area of the brain that is linked to depression, by delivering highly focused MRI-strength magnetic pulses.  Non-systemic means that the treatment does not circulate in the bloodstream of the body like medication therapy.  Non-invasive means that the treatment does not involve surgery; nothing is put in the body.  
  • Patients being treated by TMS Therapy do not require anesthesia or sedation and remain awake and alert throughout the treatment.
  • TMS treatment for depression is an outpatient procedure that is prescribed by a psychiatrist and performed in a psychiatrist’s office. Generally, the treatment lasts less than one hour.
  • The treatment is typically administered Monday through Friday, over a period of 4-6 weeks; some patients may need additional treatments beyond the typical protocol to reach remission.  In our office, patients average a total of 36 TMS treatments.  

About Dr. Michelle Cochran
Medical Director and our TMS Doctor - FULL BIO

Dr. Cochran is considered to be one of the leading TMS clinicians now.   She is an Executive Board Member of the Clinical TMS Society and trains nationally on TMS.

President of the Clinical TMS Society!

One of the early providers of TMS in a  clinical setting, Dr. Cochran is a passionate and skilled caregiver that understands the needs of the patient who is struggling with Major Depressive Disorder and other Ailments that may be treated by TMS.   Dr Cochran has the skills, experience, and reputation to deliver accurate TMS treatments, but also manage the patient with all caregivers during the treatment process and beyond.

Dr. Cochran's is known for being very caring, supportive and generous with her time as she oversees each treatment.  Meeting with patients for in-depth analysis and review each week is what separates her from the "others." Her passion and unending commitment to getting patients well are rarely seen.   Dr. Cochran's TMS Coordinator is a licensed therapist and works closely with the patient to help achieve objectives during the course of TMS.