What is TMS treatment?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a cutting-edge technology that uses magnetic waves to gently stimulate nerve cells in the brain. This non-invasive TMS treatment is most commonly used for treating depression, particularly treatment-resistant depression where the condition hasn’t responded well to medication or other treatments. It is also used to treat anxiety, PTSD, addiction and a range of other mental health conditions.

How does a TMS work?

During a TMS session, the client is awake and alert and can listen to music or relax. The psychiatrist places an electromagnetic coil against the clients head and the coil painlessly delivers brief magnetic pulses – the same as those used in MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machines – to the region of the brain involved in mood control and depression.

One of the advantages of TMS is that it does not have the unpleasant side effects such as weight gain, nausea, sexual problems and insomnia associated with many depression medications.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment is approved by the American Food and Drug Administration and the American Psychiatric Association.

Some of the key benefits from TMS include:

  • Reduction in cravings during the challenging withdrawal stage
  • Reduction in the depression which very often accompanies withdrawal
  • Improvement in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD
  • Long term benefits – such as the reduction in craving – have been shown to continue after leaving treatment
A medical professional conducting TMS treatment on a patient

How successful is TMS?

Many people who have used TMS treatment have experienced a dramatic improvement in their symptoms in four to six weeks of treatment sessions, while others have had symptoms disappear altogether. TMS is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as recommended by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). A statistical example of the success rate of TMS therapy is found in the data of a study involving 301 people with depression. Over a period of six weeks, around half of the people had daily TMS treatment. 27 weeks following the study, 75% of the individuals who received treatment reported that they were free of depression symptoms. The study results support TMS as a worthwhile treatment option for people with major depression who have not had a positive response to antidepressant medications. TMS trial results throughout the past decade have repeatedly highlighted its effectiveness in safely treating major depression, with statistically significant improvements in symptoms and without the use of anaesthesia.

Is TMS covered by insurance?

Most major insurance companies now cover TMS therapy while other insurance providers have covered TMS treatment on a case-by-case basis. In fact, around 57 million people in the U.S. alone have access to an insurance policy that covers TMS therapy. At The Dawn, we accept insurance for inpatient treatment. Contact us to find out if your insurance provider covers treatment at The Dawn. We are happy to work with your insurance company to determine your coverage.

What is the cost of TMS?

The cost of TMS therapy varies by provider, but this form of treatment typically ranges from USD 400-500 per session, with a total cost of around USD 15,000.

TMS treatment at The Dawn Rehab Thailand

The Dawn is the only rehab treatment centre in Asia or Australia to offer onsite TMS treatment. TMS is an element of both our Depression and Anxiety treatment programmes and is covered by the package fee. The treatment is also offered at an optional element for other residential treatment programmes.

Our licensed team of professionals are experienced in handling a wide range of mental health issues, along with alcohol, drug and behavioural addictions. The Dawn offers private accommodation in beautiful riverside-setting facilities, giving our clients the ideal environment to recuperate and recover with the help of our excellent clinical care and a range of holistic therapies and fitness options.