TMS Therapy for depression

A safe and effective alternative to medication TMS Therapy

Bay Psychiatric Associates' TMS Physicians are the first physicians in the East Bay to treat patients using TMS therapy.


TMS Therapy was approved in October 2008 by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe and effective alternative to antidepressant medication for treating depression.


The American Psychiatric Association's (APA) guidelines place TMS Therapy in the depression care pathway for patients whose symptoms have not been adequately treated by initial antidepressant medication. Two additional authoritative organizations have issued psychiatric treatment guidelines published in 2009 that reviewed the evidence of TMS efficacy and safety and made recommendations on its use for major depression. They are the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Disorders and the World Federation of Societies for Biological Psychiatry, both of which concluded there is now sufficient Level 1 evidence to support the use of TMS as an acute treatment for major depression.


Antidepressants are effective at treating depression in many patients, but don't work for everyone. Medications can cause unwanted side effects such as:


  • weight gain

  • sexual problems

  • upset stomach

  • sleepiness

  • dry mouth


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is:

  • Non-invasive. It does not involve surgery, anesthesia or sedation. The patient remains awake and alert and can resume normal activities immediately following treatment.

  • Non-systemic. It is not a medication, so it does not circulate throughout the patient's body in the bloodstream.

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510-809-1599    Berkeley

510-809-0160    San Rafael

415-567-6704     San Francisco / San Mateo

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