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Tms Treatment Apn: Transforming Mental Health

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) represents a paradigm shift in the treatment of various mental health conditions and addictions. This non-invasive, evidence-based therapy is offered as part of the comprehensive treatment programs at All Points North (APN). 

Through insightful analysis and facts presented in an easy-to-digest format, we aim to educate readers on how TMS works, its effectiveness for different conditions, the science behind it, patient experiences, and the future possibilities with this innovative therapy. With a focus on APN’s approach to TMS that integrates it into holistic, personalized care plans, this serves as a guide for those wanting to learn more about this cutting-edge treatment option.

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment method that utilizes magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. It involves using an electromagnetic coil placed near the scalp to generate magnetic fields that can positively influence areas of the brain linked to mood, cognition, and behavior.

How TMS Works

TMS works by transmitting magnetic pulses through the skull that can penetrate deep into the brain cortex. These magnetic pulses painlessly stimulate and modulate cortical excitability in targeted regions of the brain.

TMS focuses on areas of the brain that regulate mood, such as the prefrontal cortex and limbic system. Stimulating these regions can lead to elevated levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. The cumulative effect of multiple TMS sessions is a reduction in symptoms associated with the condition being treated.

Evolution of TMS Technology

The development of TMS technology over the past few decades has enabled more targeted and effective delivery of magnetic pulses to the brain.

Early TMS Devices

The first TMS devices in the 1980s could only stimulate superficial regions of the brain cortex. While studies showed promising results, the technology needed to be improved in depth and accuracy of stimulation.

Introduction of H-Coils

In the early 2000s, the H-coil configuration allowed for deeper penetration into the brain with improved facility. The H-coil consists of multiple coil windings in a specially designed shape that generates a magnetic field able to stimulate deeper subcortical regions.

Personalized Pulse Frequencies

Modern TMS devices can deliver customized pulse sequences tailored to individual brains. Varying frequencies and patterns like theta burst stimulation provide more nuanced modulation of brain networks.

Navigation Systems for Precision

Navigation software uses MRI scans of a patient’s brain anatomy to guide precise coil positioning and accurate delivery of magnetic pulses to intended targets. This enhancement improves consistency and outcomes.

Continued Advances

Ongoing TMS research is focused on further refining parameters to affect targeted brain circuitry and developing new coil designs for greater depth and specificity.

TMS Treatment Process and Procedures

The standard TMS session involves sitting in a reclining treatment chair while a technician positions the device and administers the treatment protocol.

Treatment Equipment

  • TMS devise with an articulated arm to precisely position the coil on the head
  • TMS chair designed for comfort and ease of access
  • Infrared camera tracking for consistent coil placement

Treatment Session

  • Initial setup takes about 10-15 minutes
  • A typical session lasts around 20 minutes
  • The coil was gently placed against the scalp in the targeted area
  • Loud clicking noises were heard during pulse delivery
  • Taping sensations felt on the scalp from coil discharge

Frequency and Duration

  • Treatment course is usually administered five days a week
  • The number of sessions ranges from 25-35 in total
  • Daily sessions last around 20 minutes
  • The entire treatment plan takes 4-7 weeks

After Session

  • No recovery time is needed after the session
  • Patients can immediately drive and resume activities
  • Possible mild headache or scalp discomfort short-term
  • Improvements in symptoms were gradually noticed over the weeks

Applications of TMS in Mental Health Conditions

Extensive research over the past decade provides substantial evidence for TMS as an effective treatment for several mental health conditions.

Major Depressive Disorder

The most robust data supports the efficacy of TMS in treating major depressive disorder (MDD), with remission rates similar to antidepressant medication and longer-lasting benefits. TMS for depression is FDA-cleared and covered by most major insurance providers.

StudySample SizeResults
Carpenter et al. (2012)233 patients58% remission rate with TMS vs. 17% in placebo
Blumberger et al. (2018)100 patients64% of TMS treated patients experienced remission from depression
Levkovitz et al. (2015)257 patientsOver 30% greater reduction in depression scores compared to sham control

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

While more research is still needed, initial studies indicate TMS can reduce anxiety symptoms for those with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who did not improve sufficiently through traditional treatments.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

In OCD patients, TMS targeting the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex was shown to significantly decrease obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors compared to control groups.

Substance Use Disorders

The application of TMS shows promise in reducing cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and the likelihood of relapse for those with substance abuse disorders.

Examining the Research Behind TMS

The growing body of evidence supporting TMS comes from rigorous randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and meta-analyses of multiple studies.

Randomized Controlled Trials

These studies compare outcomes between a group receiving real TMS treatment and a control group receiving a sham version. Comparing results between these randomly selected groups provides unbiased data on treatment effects.


Researchers can pool data from many RCTs and use statistical methods to analyze the cumulative body of evidence. Meta-analyses help account for variances and identify the overall direction and magnitude of treatment effects.

Clinical Relevance

While studies may show statistical significance, clinical relevance examines whether the treatment results in tangibly improved outcomes that positively impact patients’ lives.

Continued Research

Ongoing studies further demonstrate the applications of TMS for multiple psychiatric, neurologic, and medical conditions while also refining protocols.

Examining the Safety Profile of TMS Treatment

Understanding the safety considerations and potential side effects is an important part of evaluating TMS therapy.

General Safety

  • Considered very safe overall with a low-risk profile
  • Non-invasive and does not involve drugs or anesthesia
  • No systemic effects on the body
  • Not known to interact with medications or other treatments

Most Common Side Effects

  • Mild headache after treatment (30% of patients)
  • Tingling or discomfort at the stimulation site during and after the session
  • Lightheadedness or nausea in a small percentage right after the session
  • Very small risk of seizure, but protocols ensure safety


  • Metal implants in the head/neck, excluding the mouth, can present risks
  • Coil placement on some types of implants can cause pain or heat
  • Cardiac pacemakers and implanted stimulators may interact

Monitoring During Treatment

  • Technicians follow protocols to maximize safety
  • Verbal check-ins with patients for any concerns
  • Observation and vital signs verify tolerance throughout
  • Emergency stops if patients experience any problems

With proper screening and monitoring by trained staff, TMS therapy maintains an excellent safety record. The significant lasting benefits for most patients outweigh the minor transitory side effects.

The Brainsway Deep TMS H-Coil System

Brainsway’s Deep TMS with the H-Coil design safely penetrates deeper into the brain to modulate targeted structures and networks linked to neuropsychiatric conditions.

Focused Field Technology

The H-Coil configuration utilizes the constructive interference of multiple coil windings to generate focused magnetic fields. This allows stimulation of deeper brain regions up to 6 cm from the surface.

Expanded Treatment Applications

The enhanced depth and specificity of Brainsway’s deep TMS system provide improved clinical outcomes for a wider range of diagnoses.

Optimized Neural Targeting

Advanced principles of electromagnetism and neuron physiology allow customized pulse sequences focused on neural networks and functional connections involved in specific disorders.

Precision and Consistency

Brainsway’s automated delivery system adjusts coil location and angle for more accurate positioning and consistent treatment administration.

Excellent Safety Profile

The insulated H-Coil has built-in safeguards against overheating while minimizing electromagnetic interference and superficial stimulation.

Brainsway’s deep TMS with the H-Coil represents the most advanced iteration of this technology, offering expanded possibilities for mental health treatment.

Multiple Benefits of Deep TMS Treatment

Brainsway’s deep TMS therapy confers many advantages that make it a leading therapeutic option for medication-resistant cases.

Non-Invasive Method

As a non-invasive treatment, deep TMS avoids the risks, pain, and costs of surgery while conferring minimal to no side effects.

Ambulatory Care

The treatment is conducted in outpatient settings, avoiding disruptive hospital stays. Patients can immediately resume normal activities.

Time Efficient

With typical sessions only lasting around 20 minutes, deep TMS seamlessly integrates into patients’ daily schedules.

Brain Modulating Effects

The ability to directly yet gently stimulate and remodel neural connections and pathways underlie TMS therapeutic effects.

Enhances Functioning

By targeting areas of the brain involved in mood, cognition, and behavior, TMS can enhance functioning in these domains.

Long Lasting Benefits

The benefits of a full TMS treatment course can provide months to years of remission from symptoms when protocols are optimized.

Well Tolerated

Most patients find the treatments comfortable and only experience minimal side effects throughout the TMS course.

Deep TMS from Brainsway expands mental health treatment options through its non-invasive approach that safely and effectively targets root causes in the brain itself.

Understanding How TMS Improves Symptoms

The ways TMS ameliorates symptoms of psychiatric illnesses align with current understandings in neuroscience and neuroplasticity.

Neurotransmitter Modulation

TMS elevates levels of dopamine, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters critical for mental health functioning.

Stimulates Activity

TMS activates underactive regions of frontal lobes implicated in conditions like depression.

Clause Connections

Alternating magnetic field polarity can open up blocked pathways in brain networks.


Repeated sessions promote neuroplastic remodeling of neural connections and brain structure.

Normalizes Function

Collectively, these effects normalize irregular or dysregulated neural activity patterns.

Provides Insights

Observing patient responses to specific stimulation sites also expands knowledge of brain-behavior relationships.

The ways TMS positively influences brain functioning reflect the interplay between electromagnetic physics and the physiology of neural networks and plasticity.

Examining Who is a Candidate for TMS Therapy

While evidence supports TMS for a growing range of conditions, ideal candidates share some common characteristics that indicate they are likely to benefit.

Treatment Resistant Cases

Patients who have not achieved satisfactory results from medications, psychotherapy, or other interventions are prime candidates for TMS.

Motivated to Improve

The commitment to complete 4-7 weeks of daily treatments and engage in recovery indicates readiness.

Mild to Moderate Symptoms

TMS is often more effective for mild or moderate illnesses versus severe, longstanding ones.

Comorbid Conditions

TMS can still benefit those with psychiatric disorders combined with medical conditions or other diagnoses.

Willingness to Partner

Openness to collaborating with providers allows optimizing treatment plans.

Realistic Expectations

Understanding TMS can greatly improve but not cure illness sets appropriate goals.

Careful screening, evaluation, and consultation ensure patients are appropriate contenders to experience the advantages of TMS treatment.

All Points North’s Patient-Centered TMS Therapy Model

The mental health providers at All Points North leverage deep TMS as part of holistic treatment programs tailored to each patient’s unique needs.

Initial Consultation

A licensed provider thoroughly evaluates the patient’s history and goals to determine if TMS is the right treatment option.

Customized Treatment Planning

The All Points North team creates an integrated plan that combines TMS with other therapies and services.

Consistent Support System

Care coordinators provide continuous guidance and support across the stages from assessment through TMS sessions and afterward.

Progressive TMS Protocols

Treatment parameters are adjusted as needed throughout therapy to maximize positive outcomes.

Responsive Changes

Open communication allows providers to fine-tune the treatment plan in response to patient feedback.

Ongoing Recovery

Follow-up care focuses on relapse prevention, functional improvements, and sustaining remission.

This truly patient-centered model allows All Points North to deliver TMS therapy in a way that benefits each maximally on their journey to recovery and improved well-being.

Candidate Screening Process at All Points North

Determining patient suitability for TMS treatment at All Points North involves comprehensive screening across multiple domains by qualified specialists.

Psychiatric Evaluations

  • Diagnostic interview and assessment of symptoms and history
  • Evaluate the nature, severity, and duration of the disorder
  • Assess prior treatment responses and resistance

Medical History Review

  • Identify any contraindications or risks for TMS
  • Assess for implants, devices, or foreign objects
  • Review current medications for compatibility

Neuropsychological Testing

  • Evaluate baseline cognitive functioning
  • Helps localize potential neural targets
  • Screens memory, language, attention, and processing


  • Discuss treatment expectations and commitments
  • Educate on TMS therapy mechanisms and process
  • Answer questions and ensure understanding

This rigorous screening process allows our team to best match this advanced treatment option to those most likely to benefit from TMS.

Components of the All Points North Deep TMS Program

The Deep TMS program at All Points North provides the full spectrum of services patients need for successful treatment.

Assessment and Screening

  • Diagnostic evaluations and suitability assessments
  • Medical clearance and precautions review
  • Neurocognitive and psychological testing

Treatment Sessions

  • Brainsway Deep TMS therapy
  • Delivered by certified TMS technicians
  • Latest coil positioning systems for precision

Integrated Therapies

  • Psychotherapy for coping skills and cognitive restructuring
  • Coaching for lifestyle, routines, and motivation
  • Creative arts, fitness, nutrition, and community

Support and Follow-up

  • Check-ins, progress tracking, and encouragement
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Support groups and alums services

With every service optimized for quality and clinical excellence, the Deep TMS program provides patients with the best chance to overcome psychiatric disorders.

Notable Locations Offering TMS Therapy at All Points North

All Points North provides Deep TMS therapy combined with holistic care at their Mental Health Hospitals and Resorts across the United States and London.

Colorado Locations

  • Edwards, Colorado
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Boulder, Colorado

California Locations

  • Malibu, California

Texas Locations

  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

International Locations

  • London, England

Each location offers comfortable, state-of-the-art facilities staffed by experienced, caring professionals to deliver TMS therapy tailored to local needs.

Benefits of TMS Therapy Over Other Options

For patients who have yet to see sufficient results from other interventions, TMS therapy offers distinct advantages.

Compared to Medications

  • No risk of drug dependence, tolerance, or side effects
  • Not impacted by individual differences in metabolization
  • Treatments have more immediate effects

Compared to ECT

  • Entirely non-invasive with no anesthesia needed
  • Minimal to no cognitive side effects
  • Conducted in an outpatient setting

Compared to rTMS

  • Stimulates structures deeper in the brain
  • More powerful magnetic field for robust effects
  • Coil design allows for greater precision and consistency

Compared to Psychedelics

  • No psychedelic intoxication state is needed
  • More legally accessible treatment option
  • Less intensive support and supervision are required

The focused stimulation of TMS balances safety, effectiveness, and practicality better than many other therapies.

Patient Experiences with TMS Therapy at All Points North

Understanding first-hand patient accounts provides invaluable perspectives on undergoing TMS treatment.

David’s Story

“I was very depressed and struggling with alcohol addiction after a bad breakup. Counseling and antidepressants weren’t helping much, so I looked into TMS. After 40 sessions at All Points North, my mood is the best it’s been in years. I feel more hopeful and no longer drink daily.”

Lisa’s Story

Medications helped somewhat, but I wanted something else. The Deep TMS therapy reduced my obsessions and gave me more control. I’m so grateful I chose this option.”

James’ Story

“I was hesitant to try TMS, but the doctors at All Points North explained everything thoroughly. The sessions were completely painless. 6 weeks later, my anxiety has improved enough that I can function again. TMS gave me my life back when nothing else worked.”

The experiences of real patients highlight the life-changing impact TMS delivered at All Points North can have by providing relief when other options have failed.


Transcranial magnetic stimulation represents an innovative leap forward in the treatment of mental health disorders and addictions. The advent of deep TMS with advanced H-coil designs allows precise, non-invasive stimulation of critical structures deep in the brain linked to psychiatric illnesses. Extensive research provides a robust evidence base supporting TMS for conditions that do not respond sufficiently to medications or psychotherapy alone.

At All Points North, certified providers expertly leverage TMS as part of personalized care plans tailored to each patient’s unique challenges and goals. This integrative treatment model combines the benefits of TMS for rebooting dysregulated brain patterns with holistic therapies, lifestyle coaching, and continuous support. With its outstanding safety profile, minimal side effects, and long-term benefits, deep TMS expands the possibilities for those ready to do the hard work of confronting debilitating mental health issues. For patients who qualify and commit to the process, TMS therapy at All Points North represents an empowering journey to reclaim mental well-being.

Dr. Kishore Kumar (General Surgeon)
Dr. Kishore Kumar (General Surgeon)
Dr. Kishore Kumar is a General Surgeon, Proctologist, Vascular Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon and Laser Specialist,

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