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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Approach to Care

Depression is a serious disease.

To request more information, or to schedule an evaluation, call 352.265.HELP (4357).

More than 14 million American adults are suffering with major depressive disorder annually. It’s the leading cause of disability in American people between the ages of 15 and 44 years old.

Major depression can interfere with a person’s ability to eat, sleep, work and/or socialize.  According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, long-lasting symptoms (for two or more weeks) may include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling slowed down
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening or oversleeping
  • Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed 

If you or a loved one is struggling with major depression, and medications have not helped, you are not alone. That’s why the expert physicians at UF Health Psychiatry are working to bring you the newest, most advanced treatments available anywhere in the world, including TMS and deep TMS. 

Treatments take less than an hour and are completed in a doctor’s office. Treatments take place approximately five days a week for four to six weeks. During treatment sessions, patients recline in a special TMS chair and are comfortably relaxed. A small device rests lightly on the head and delivers stimulation directly. The patient may hear a light clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation. Patients can read, watch movies, rest or maintain conversation with the provider during treatments. Afterward, patient can resume to normal daily activities.

To request more information, or to schedule an evaluation, call 352.265.HELP (4357).