Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy (TMS), also known as RTMS (Repetitive TMS), is a non-invasive magnetic therapy for depression that utilizes repetitive delivery of magnetic pulses from magnetic fields to affect the stimulation and excitation of neuronal cells in the brain.1 As a result of the TMS success rate recorded, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved TMS for depression.2 Many people who receive this treatment may have questions, including “how long do the effects of TMS treatment last?”
TMS treatment for depression is an adjunct treatment that can be simultaneously employed with medication. It is a treatment option used when other conventional methods of treating depression have failed.3
Patients with depression who responded well to TMS during a previous depressive episode have been observed to respond well to TMS during a later depressed episode. As a result, a positive reaction to earlier rTMS treatment can be used to predict a positive response to TMS for depression.