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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive, evidence-based treatment for individuals who live with major depressive disorder (MDD), anxious depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). TMS offers hope and a new beginning for individuals when medications and other behavioral treatments have been unsuccessful.

How TMS therapy works

TMS therapy is individualized to ensure the highest level of care for each client. A typical initial treatment course consists of five treatments per week over six weeks, with each treatment about 20 minutes long.

During TMS therapy, pulsed magnetic fields are repetitively transmitted into the left prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain thought to regulate mood—to stimulate the firing of neurons (nerve cells). It triggers a cascade of neurochemical events, including the release of neurotransmitters (such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine), and helps normalize neurotransmitter function.

The therapy uses the same type and strength of magnetic fields as MRIs, which have been used with millions of patients around the world and have not been shown to cause long-term consequences.

Consider TMS therapy if you:

  • Have tried medications for depression or OCD, and your symptoms and quality of life have not improved.
  • Are experiencing medication side effects that interfere with daily life.


Approved by the FDA

The technology we use has been FDA approved since 2008, and Rosecrance was one of the first providers of TMS therapy in Illinois and Wisconsin. Our experienced team will guide you through the treatment.

Minimal side effects and risks

Unlike many antidepressants, TMS does not introduce side effects that impact your quality of life. The most common adverse reaction related to treatment was mild-to-moderate scalp pain or discomfort at the treatment site, which lessens after the first week of treatment as our team adjusts care to make you as comfortable as possible.

TMS works better than any medication for me. It's made such a difference in my life.

- Michelle D.

Teens & TMS

For teens who have tried medication and therapy with adverse side effects, or without significant improvement, TMS may be a viable option, and it is now approved by the FDA for use in children as young as 12. Studies have shown positive results in reducing depressive symptoms and improving overall well-being in teens who haven’t found relief with other treatments. When combined with therapy, self-care, and social connections, adolescents can enjoy positive relationships and healthy lives.

Pregnancy & TMS

Pregnancy can affect emotional regulation and add stress to the lives of people living with depression and anxiety. TMS therapy is an option to consider for individuals who are pregnant, as an alternative to medication or as additional support.
Studies have shown that TMS is considered a safe option for individuals who are pregnant. Our team has cared for many pregnant clients who have had success with TMS therapy during pregnancy.

Innovative technology

Rosecrance uses BrainsWay technology to deliver Deep TMS treatment, which has been proven to offer significant results by directly stimulating deeper and broader areas of the brain, effectively treating conditions such as depression, anxious depression, and OCD.

Insurance covers TMS

TMS therapy is covered by most insurance. We are here to help you understand costs, verify insurance, and find affordable options.

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With your current insurance information and location, we can better match you to programs and services that best fit your specific situation.

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