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How Long Does a Typical TMS Session Last?


TMS therapy has garnered attention for its effectiveness in treating various psychiatric conditions, primarily major depressive disorders, especially when traditional treatments have not been successful. For those new to TMS, understanding what to expect during a session can help in making informed decisions about pursuing this treatment.


Duration of a Typical TMS Therapy Session

A standard TMS session at Lighthouse Psychiatry typically lasts between 20 to 40 minutes. During the session, a magnetic coil is placed near the head, specifically over the prefrontal cortex, which is believed to be less active in people suffering from depression. This coil then delivers magnetic pulses that stimulate nerve cells in the region responsible for mood control, helping to alleviate symptoms of depression.

Patients undergoing TMS therapy do not need anesthesia or sedation and can remain awake and alert throughout the process. This non-invasiveness allows patients to resume their daily activities immediately after each session without downtime.


Frequency and Course of Treatment

The complete course of TMS therapy usually involves sessions five days a week for four to six weeks. However, the duration can vary based on individual responses to the treatment. It’s essential to have an initial consultation with our team to tailor the therapy to your specific needs, ensuring the most effective treatment plan is established.


What to Expect During TMS Therapy

Patients often feel a tapping sensation on their scalp and may hear a clicking sound as the magnetic pulses are administered. The experience is generally painless, though some might experience mild discomfort or headache during the initial sessions, which typically subsides as the body adjusts to the treatment.


Learn More About TMS Therapy

For those considering TMS therapy or wanting more information about what to expect, our professional staff at Lighthouse Psychiatry is here to help. We encourage you to visit our dedicated TMS therapy page at Lighthouse TMS Therapy or contact us directly. Our team in Scottsdale is ready to assist you with any questions you have and can provide further details about how TMS could be the right choice for your mental health needs. Join us at Lighthouse Psychiatry and take a step towards a brighter, healthier future.

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