What to Expect from TMS Sessions

What Can A Person Expect During and From TMS Sessions?

If you haven’t tried TMS, you may be wondering what you should expect from this type of therapy. Knowing more about what you can and should expect can make you feel more comfortable and confident about using this type of therapy for the first time.

What to Expect Before TMS

There are a few things you can expect before TMS sessions including:

Before you can participate in TMS therapy, the psychiatric team at Delray Brain Science will evaluate you to determine if you’re a good candidate for this type of therapy. Unfortunately, TMS isn’t right for everyone. So, evaluations will help to identify whether or not this therapy is something that you’re a good candidate for. During the TMS evaluation, you will be asked questions about your symptoms, your medical history, and treatments you may have already tried.

What to Expect During TMS

During TMS sessions, there are a few things you can expect to occur including:

  • removing any jewelry or credit cards you have on your person
  • having the TMS device fit securely to your head
  • putting on earplugs to help with the sound of the machine
  • relaxing while the machine is on
  • hearing pulsing from the machine (like an MRI)

What to Expect After TMS

Since TMS is a completely non-invasive therapy, there is no recovery period after TMS sessions. Patients can go back to their daily routine as soon as sessions are over, which means they can drive themselves home or back to work. Side effects are uncommon, but some that are possible can include:

  • minor head irritation
  • headaches
  • scalp discomfort