TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)

Purple brain. TMS can help treat depression by addressing specific brain regions.

Over 16 million adults in America struggle with depression [1], and depression can go hand in hand with other issues, such as alcoholism and addiction. When not properly treated, many people turn to drugs, alcohol, or other harmful crutches as they attempt to self-medicate their depression. At Excel Behavioral Health, we understand that medication is not always the most effective approach for treating dual diagnosis and depression. For some patients, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a more effective approach of treatment for depression and related issues.

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

TMS is a noninvasive procedure which utilizes magnetic fields to treat depression by stimulating nerve cells in the brain [2]. During the procedure, a device containing an electromagnetic coil is placed on the scalp near specific regions of the brain. Then, the coil is activated for anywhere from 20-50 minutes, delivering pinpointed magnetic fields to areas of the brain responsible for depression and mood control [2]. TMS works to address crucial areas of the brain to lessen or even eliminate symptoms of depression, making it an especially effective option at our dual diagnosis treatment center in Florida.

Does TMS Work?

As with any other approach to treating dual diagnosis or depression, the efficacy of TMS varies from patient to patient. Harvard Health reports that up to 60 percent of patients who utilized other methods to treat depression but saw no benefit did experience benefits of TMS. One third of that group saw full remission from their depression symptoms due to successful TMS therapy.

TMS and Additional Therapies

TMS is clinically proven most effective for depression treatment, but it’s currently being suited for utilization to treat PTSD, bipolar disorder, and other mental health needs [3]. At our dual diagnosis treatment center in Florida, we utilize TMS alongside other therapies such as individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. TMS can help treat depression, and our additional therapies can help improve the results of TMS. With our multifaceted approaches to treatment, we can address depression, addiction, alcoholism, dual diagnosis disorders, and more.

Reach Out for Help Today

Depression is an all-consuming challenge, especially when coupled with addiction and alcoholism. At Excel Behavioral Health, we utilize TMS in conjunction with other therapies for a full scope approach to addressing all symptoms. If you’re struggling with depression, or if you have a loved one who needs help, contact our team at Excel Behavioral Health today.

More Resources:


  1. Healthline, Depression Facts
  2. Mayo Clinic, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  3. Harvard Health Publishing, TMS Hope for Stubborn Depression
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