A safe, non-drug treatment for depression.
For those struggling with major depression, Gateway Regional offers new hope — without the use of antidepressants. It's a treatment called TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation). TMS is a noninvasive option that uses highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain that may be underactive in people with depression. This safe, non-drug therapy is ideal for individuals who haven't had success with antidepressant medications, or who want to avoid their side effects.
How does TMS therapy work?
NeuroStar TMS therapy is simple and painless. It uses magnetic pulses, much like MRI technology, to target key areas of the brain that may be underactive. As nerve cells are stimulated, the symptoms of depression may begin to decrease.
Each TMS treatment lasts about 30 minutes, and sessions are given 5 days a week for 4 to 6 weeks. During therapy, patients are awake, alert and may resume normal activities immediately following treatment.
Is TMS therapy right for me?
Everyone is different and has unique needs. To see if TMS therapy is right for you, talk to your doctor. TMS therapy can be an effective treatment for:
- Patients who have not benefitted from prior use of antidepressants
- Patients who want to avoid the side effects of traditional antidepressants
- Patients who want a safe, effective therapy that can be conducted right in the office
If you're interested in TMS therapy, talk to your doctor to see if this non-drug treatment is right for you. Then schedule a consultation with our TMS team to talk about your treatment options. From there, we'll develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals. To schedule a TMS consultation with Gateway Regional Medical Center, call 618-798-8165.
Meet Michelle Schofield, MD
Dr. Michelle Schofield offers TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) therapy to patients who are suffering from major depression and have not had success with with other treatments. TMS therapy is a noninvasive, outpatient procedure performed in Gateway Regional's Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic.
Dr. Schofield joined Gateway Regional Medical Center's psychiatry staff in 2020. She earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta. She holds a bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.