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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) offers a promising alternative for treatment-resistant depression and other mental health conditions. By using magnetic pulses, it stimulates and repairs brain signals that influence one’s mood.

According to recent literature, TMS has a success rate of 40%, meaning those patients respond positively to the treatment. Additionally, 36% of patients achieve complete remission from their symptoms.

For over a decade, Atrium Health’s expert team – of board-certified physicians, registered nurses and certified technicians – has treated major depression and mood disorders with TMS therapy. Having benefited thousands of patients, our specialized brain stimulation care is tailored to each patient’s specific needs and is adaptable as the response to treatment progresses.

TMS therapy - how it works

During treatment, an electromagnetic coil is placed over a specific area of the scalp. It delivers brief magnetic pulses to help reset abnormal brain patterns associated with depression.

TMS is well-tolerated and does not have the side effects often experienced by patients using antidepressant medications. It can be used alone or in combination with other therapies, as determined by your physician.

Every patient responds to treatment differently, but most people report relief from their symptoms after just a few weeks.

After TMS, patients often experience positive effects like:

  • A lifting of a depressed mood/dark cloud
  • Increased interest in activities
  • Reduced effort required to perform tasks
  • Improved engagement with family and friends

What to expect

TMS is an outpatient therapy done in an office setting. While seated in a reclining chair, one of our highly trained technicians places an electromagnetic coil over a specific spot on your head, usually near the forehead. The treatment makes a clicking sound, but earplugs are provided for comfort.

Treatments are typically administered daily, Monday through Friday, for 4 to 8 weeks as advised by your treatment team. Sessions usually take less than 45 minutes, although the first appointment will last a little longer to help determine the dose that’s right for you. A psychiatrist is also available during treatment to answer questions or make adjustments if needed.

Before starting TMS therapy, ask the mental health provider you’re seeing to give you a referral. By working with them and your primary care doctor, we aim to seamlessly integrate TMS into your overall care, ensuring you receive the most effective treatment tailored to your needs.


To receive TMS therapy, you need a referral from the provider treating your mental health condition(s). For more information, please call 704-512-7578.

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