While TMS therapy has been utilized for other mental health conditions, it is Health Canada approved for Treatment-Resistant Depression and OCD. This means that it has the greatest body of evidence to support its use in the treatment of these conditions. TMS may also be considered for treatment of other conditions including: PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Chronic Pain conditions.
TMS is a fast and effective treatment. It is indicated when other conventional treatments have failed, only received a partial response or are intolerable. Unfortunately, TMS is not covered under OHIP insurance at this time for the general public. Therefore, prior to investing in the treatment, it is important to consider whether you have tried other conventional treatments including medications and psychotherapy.
Although TMS has a very low side effect profile, there are some conditions that are incompatible with TMS treatment. You would not be a candidate for TMS if you have any of the following:
A course of treatment typically requires between 30 to 50 sessions which requires a regular commitment to coming to the clinic.
Flexibility in scheduling is possible but it is recommended that individuals receive at least 3 sessions per week during an acute course.
Sessions can either be provided once daily in 30 minute time slots (Once daily, 5 days per week for 6 weeks).
Accelerated protocols with multiple sessions per day in 15 minute time slots with 45 minute spacing in-between sessions.
TMS should be covered by OHIP and/or private insurance policies like it is in the USA. Unfortunately, the reality is that this treatment has not been prioritized by the government and is not covered at this time.
The cost of TMS depends on the specific TMS Protocol and number of sessions recommended. Please contact our clinic for more information around pricing.