TMS Specialist

Ashraf Abaza, MD -  - Psychiatrist

TMS Medical Therapy of Suffolk County

Ashraf Abaza, MD

Psychiatrist & Psychopharmacologist located in Long Island, Northport, NY

If you’ve been on antidepressants and still fight depression, or you have PTSD that hasn’t improved with treatment, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the treatment you need to get on the road to recovery. Dr. Ashraf Abaza at TMS Medical Therapy of Suffolk County offers TMS therapy in the comfort of his office in Suffolk County, New York. To learn more about this innovative, highly effective, and noninvasive treatment, call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment.

TMS Q & A

What is TMS?

TMS is a noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve activity in your brain. When TMS is repeatedly delivered to specific areas of your brain, it alleviates the symptoms of chronic psychiatric disorders.

TMS has been FDA-cleared to treat depression. Studies also show that repetitive TMS can alleviate symptoms caused by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), co-occurring PTSD and depression, and treatment-resistant depression, which doesn’t respond to medication.

How does TMS work?

Dr. Abaza positions a circular coil of wire over the targeted area of your brain. When the electricity goes through the coil, it creates a magnetic field, emitting magnetic pulses that safely pass through your skull and into your brain.

The effect of TMS depends on the location, intensity, and frequency of the magnetic impulses. While slow pulses can suppress nerve activity -- which is very useful for some medical conditions -- the opposite effect is created to treat depression.

When the magnetic pulse is rapidly repeated, it stimulates brain activity in a region that’s underactive in patients with depression. As a result, TMS activates neurotransmitters that alleviate symptoms caused by depression.

What should you expect during and after TMS treatment?

Dr. Abaza uses NeuroStar® TMS Therapy to stimulate underactive areas of your brain. After you recline on a comfortable treatment chair, the magnetic coil is placed lightly on your head. During treatment, you’ll hear clicking and feel a tapping sensation with each pulse.

Your treatment takes about 40 minutes. You may develop a mild headache during your TMS treatment. About one-third of patients have slight discomfort near the treatment site during their session. These side effects usually go away after the first week of treatments.

Since the magnetic impulses don’t affect your thinking ability or memory, you can get back to your normal activities as soon as your treatment is over. Dr. Abaza customizes each patient’s treatment plan, but most achieve optimal recovery by getting TMS therapy five days a week for 4-6 weeks.

If you suffer from ongoing depression or PTSD, you may be a good candidate for TMS treatment. To learn more about TMS and the full scope of medical and therapeutic treatments available at TMS Medical Therapy of Suffolk County, call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment.