What is the patient criteria for TMS treatment?

Patient selection

TMS is recommended for patients with depression who:

  • Have trialled at least two antidepressants or
  • Experience treatment resistant depression

TMS can be used as an augmentation therapy or as a monotherapy.

  • Most patients combine TMS treatment with antidepressant medications.
    • Some patients who do not want to take antidepressants, or who would like a break from antidepressants, undergo TMS as a monotherapy.

Contraindications and precautions.

• Patients with implants in their head (such as Cochlear implants, nerve stimulators or intracranial clips) may not be eligible for treatment. Note: dental fillings, braces and retainers do not pose a risk to TMS and are not factors for exclusion.
• Patients with a history of seizures within two years at the time of referral may
not be eligible. History of seizures does not automatically exclude patients from
treatment but may require a review by