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 42 41
Depressed mood 16 13
Anxious mood 11 8
Generalized anxiety disorder 3 5
Attention deficit disorder 1 0

Show all 18 reasons taken

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 7
Mild 19
None 27

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

Side effect Patients
Headaches 10
Pain 3
Aggressive behavior 1
Agitation 1
Bipolar manic episodes 1
Bizarre dreams 1

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Based on patients currently having Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Dosage Patients
daily 7
monthly 2
60 min monthly 1
weekly 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 54
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 17
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 30
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 9
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

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

Treatment Patients
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 1
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