TMS Specialist

Mountain View Psychiatry & TMS

Psychiatrists located in Mountain View, CA

If you’ve been living with depression, but you’re dissatisfied with the results of antidepressant medication and other therapies, talk to Zahida Tayyib, MD, about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Dr. Tayyib and her team offer TMS therapy using state-of-the-art BrainsWay® equipment at Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS in Mountain View, California, as a safe, drug-free alternative therapy for depression and some other mental health disorders. Call or schedule a consultation online today to find out if TMS is right for you.

TMS Q & A

What is TMS?

TMS is an FDA-cleared, drug-free, and noninvasive therapy that uses a magnetic pulse, similar to the pulse used in an MRI, to stimulate neural activity in the region of your brain that regulates your mood.

Dr. Tayyib and the team at Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS use BrainsWay technology because they’re continually innovating and working on products and treatments to extend the range of conditions that benefit from the therapy. For example, you may be a candidate for TMS therapy if you have:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Dementia
  • Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance abuse

TMS was initially created as a treatment option for patients with treatment-resistant depression. Unfortunately, some patients don’t get the symptom relief they need from antidepressants, or they suffer from intolerable side effects that prevent them from full compliance with their prescription.

How does TMS therapy work?

TMS therapy uses a small, computer-controlled electromagnetic coil to deliver pulses of magnetic waves to specific parts of your brain. The pulse stimulates activity in your neurons, boosting neurotransmitter production and reception, which reduces symptoms of depression and other brain-related conditions.

What should I expect during TMS therapy?

Each TMS patient receives a customized treatment plan. However, in most cases, you begin with five treatments per week, for 4-6 weeks.

During your first appointment, which can take up to an hour, you sit in a comfortable reclining chair while your provider takes a series of measurements that enable them to position the magnetic coil in the precise location necessary to target the correct region of your brain.

After the measurements are complete, your provider saves your details and begins the treatment.

Your provider gives you earplugs to wear during your 40-minute treatment as the device emits noises similar to those produced by an MRI machine. You stay awake throughout the procedure, although you need to remain very still. You won’t need any anesthesia and can drive yourself home after your sessions.

Am I a good candidate for TMS therapy?

The team at Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS provides comprehensive exams and consultations to ensure that TMS therapy is right for you as some pre-existing conditions might exclude you from treatment. For example, if you have a pacemaker or another implanted device such as an insulin pump or cochlear implant, TMS therapy could interfere with its function.

If you’re interested in TMS therapy and want to know if it’s right for you, call Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS or schedule a consultation online today.