Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation TMS
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a non-invasive, FDA approved therapy for treatment resistant depression that has not responded to antidepressant medication. It is also useful when medications are poorly tolerated.
The treatment uses rapidly changing magnetic fields to generate electrical currents in areas of the brain involved in mood. These currents are thought to improve the function of nerve cells and improve the ways in which these cells connect with each other, thus countering the abnormalities believed to occur in the brain function of people with depression.
Our group includes faculty who were among the first to participate in large scale studies of rTMS and our approach combines an emphasis on evidence based medicine with the a rational approach to off label treatments both on a clinical basis and in ongoing research studies.
We use the FDA approved Neurostar System.
Finances: Patients pay directly for treatment. Insurance sometimes provides partial reimbursement, which we will help to obtain if it is available.
To learn if TMS might be helpful to you, call us to arrange an evaluation at 646-774-8077.
Daniel C. Javitt, MD, PhD
-Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
-Director, Division of Experimental Therapeutics,
Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University
-Director, Schizophrenia Research,
Nathan Kline Institue for Psychiatric Research