What is Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

Category: Procedures

Most popular types: rTMS repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation


See also: rTMS repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive method to excite neurons in the brain: weak electric currents are induced in the tissue by rapidly changing magnetic fields (electromagnetic induction). This way, brain activity can be triggered with minimal discomfort, and the functionality of the circuitry and connectivity of the brain can be studied.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major depressive disorder 52 53
Depressed mood 18 17
Anxious mood 11 12
Generalized anxiety disorder 3 6
Bipolar depressive episodes 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 5
Moderate 7
Mild 27
None 31

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Side effect Patients Percentage
Headaches 11
Pain 4
Tiredness 2
Aggressive behavior 1
Agitation 1
Anticipatory anxiety 1

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Based on patients currently having Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 1
every other day 1
weekly 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 66
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 23
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 35
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 15
Not specified 19

What people switch to and from

Patients started having Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).