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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive treatment that uses electromagnetic impulses to stimulate your brain and relieve chronic mental health symptoms. At Wholehealth PLLC, top-rated psychiatrist Huiping Xu, MD, offers this innovative, FDA-approved treatment in Houston, Texas. Learn more about the treatment by calling the office or clicking the online appointment scheduler now.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Q & A

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is an FDA-approved treatment for major depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other mental health challenges. This treatment method uses electromagnetic impulses to stimulate the deeper brain tissues and ultimately promote healthier brain function. 

How does transcranial magnetic stimulation work?

In people who have major depression, certain parts of the brain aren't as active as they are in others. Transcranial magnetic stimulation activates those nerve centers, which in turn triggers the release of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

Neurotransmitters can balance brain chemistry and relieve symptoms like sadness, anxiety, and irritability, and other common mental health symptoms. 

During your treatment, your Wholehealth PLLC provider positions a coil over your scalp, typically in the front of the scalp where your brain's left prefrontal cortex lies. The electromagnetic impulses pass through your scalp and into your brain to activate the dormant nerve centers.

The impulses are about as powerful as an MRI scan, so they're not generally painful at all. You may experience a tapping or tingling feeling, and you'll hear a clicking noise.

Most people find the treatment comfortable, but your provider can adjust the impulse intensity where needed.

The treatment session takes about 40 minutes, and you can resume normal activities immediately.

Is transcranial magnetic stimulation right for me?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation may help with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and a number of other mental health conditions. 

If you experience persistent depression that doesn't improve with psychopharmacology, transcranial magnetic stimulation can be a very effective addition to your individual therapy. Some people also use this treatment to boost the effects of their medication. 

While it’s not right for everyone, transcranial magnetic stimulation can offer tremendously effective symptom relief for many people who struggle with their mental health. 

When does transcranial magnetic stimulation start working?

The treatment effects can vary with the individual. Most people need a series of treatments, some with several sessions a week until symptoms start receding. The Wholehealth PLLC team can explain the recommended treatment plan for your individual needs during your assessment. 

Once the treatments take effect, many people enjoy symptom relief for about a year. After that, you can have an additional series of sessions to maintain long-lasting symptom relief. 

To learn more about transcranial magnetic stimulation and what it can do for you, call Wholehealth PLLC or click the provided appointment request link now.

Services We Provide

We provide an array of services to treat various mental health conditions. As a psychiatrist, we offer treatment in adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry, and family counseling. Since each patient is unique, we will need to customize the treatment to meet their needs. We can provide treatment for bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, mood disorder, ADHD, OCD, social anxiety, and more. Among various treatment options, we also provide transcranial magnetic stimulation, neurostimulation therapy, telepsychiatry, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and ketamine treatment. The type of therapy or number of sessions a patient need may change over time. Part of our treatment will involve helping the patient learn to cope with their symptoms.