TMS Serenity Center’s Dr. Kimberly Cress Releases Clinical Data Showing Benefit of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation


120-kimberlyNew data at the 166th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Francisco was released by the TMS Serenity Center, under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Cress. The poster, “Treatment of Unipolar, Non-Psychotic Major Depressive Disorder with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Results from a Retrospective Evaluation of Measured Outcomes during Routine Clinical Practice,” presented the effectiveness and safety of using TMS in the first 64 consecutive patients treated for Major Depression in her private practice in Sugar Land.

Results from this study revealed 70% of individuals obtained relief from their depression and 68% relief from their anxiety. Patients responded to TMS despite having failed an average of 3.3 antidepressant medications during their current episode of Major Depression. There were no significant side effects experienced during or after TMS treatments. Based on these results, Dr. Cress was able to conclude that TMS is effective, safe and well-tolerated for the treatment of Major Depression as well as some anxiety disorders.

TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, utilizes an MRI-strength magnet. During this in the office procedure, the magnet pulses on and off over a 30 minute period of time stimulating the area of the brain that is less active due to the mood disorder. This magnetic field stimulates the nerves to fire releasing chemicals or neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. These are the same neurotransmitters that are provided artificially through antidepressant medications but without the risk of side effects from medications.

TMS Therapy was cleared by the FDA in October 2008 for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). It is a non-systemic (does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body) and noninvasive (does not involve surgery) form of neuromodulation. Nearly 12,000 patients have received treatment since clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2008, with the TMS Serenity Center exceeding 100 patients, the largest provider in Texas. Visit www.tmsserenitycenter.com, for more information about TMS Therapy.