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Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

What is TMS?

TMS is a procedure approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression. TMS can be an effective option for reducing the symptoms of depression in adults who have not improved with traditional treatments, including medication or psychotherapy. It can also be an alternative treatment for those who cannot tolerate antidepressant medications or do not wish to take them.

TMS uses magnetic energy to stimulate a part of the brain that regulates mood.  TMS treatments are completely non-invasive, meaning they are done in an office setting and do not require needles or anesthesia.  The treatment has been proven safe and effective in reducing or eliminating the symptoms of depression.  And since nothing except pure energy enters the body, TMS treatment is free of the side effects often experienced with antidepressant medications, which circulate throughout the brain and body.

The U-M Department of Psychiatry provides TMS to complement other treatments that patients may receive from their regular mental health care providers. We work with psychiatrists, therapists, primary care physicians, and other providers of mental health care to ensure TMS is effectively integrated into a patient’s regular treatment plan.

Our treatment team is led by:

  • Stephan Taylor, M.D.
  • Daniel Maixner, M.D.
  • Brian Mickey, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Gregory Dalack, M.D.
  • Iva Grasso, RN, LMSW, TMS Clinic Coordinator

If your medications are not helping with your depression, you may be eligible for a research study using repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to treat your depression.

Our team is proud to offer TMS treatment for eligible patients. If you think you may be a candidate for TMS, talk with your mental health care provider, or call our clinic at 734-764-0231

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