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What is TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy)?

For those with chronic depression, we offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS treatment is a non-invasive treatment for medication-resistant depression. It is not new. The FDA approved TMS as a treatment for depression approximately two years ago and it’s been used as a treatment for more than a decade.

TMS consists of five treatments per week over a 4 to 6 week period. Each treatment session lasts just 20 minutes. More than 50 percent of patients experience an improvement of mood, while one out of three TMS patients, experience complete remission.

TMS Treatment is covered by most insurance companies. Contact our TMS outpatient clinic at 816-691-4120 to learn if you are a candidate and to get answers to your insurance questions.


Meet the TMS Treatment Team

Dr. Brian Barash oversees all TMS patients at Signature Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Barash's patients have seen incredible results from the 6-week treatment, many going into complete remission from chronic depression.

Dr. Barash completed his Adult Psychiatry training in 1998 and after serving as Chief Resident at the Kansas City VA Medical Center, he then went on to finish a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2000.  Dr. Barash is a Board Certified Diplomate both in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In 2008, Dr. Barash achieved his third Board Certification and Diplomate status in Addiction Medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM).


Erin Robertson

As our TMS Coordinator, Erin works tirelessly screening and treating adults with chronic depression through TMS. Erin loves getting to work with patients on a deeper level. She spends six straight weeks with patients during their transformative transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy and sees many of them do 180 degree turn for the better in their lives. Prior to joining Signature Psychiatric Hospital’s outpatient team, Erin worked as a CNA in a California hospital Emergency Room and as an EMT. She says, "I find it very rewarding to see people get better and move on with their lives without being weighed down by mental burdens.”

 


What Our TMS Patients Are Saying

Liz Steel was ready to give up after decades of life with depression in Kansas City. Liz allowed us to video her thoughts during her last TMS treatment. Watch the video here.

 

“You get to a place where you have nothing to lose. So I requested TMS treatment as a last resort. I find the treatment painful, but I'd do it every day of my life because it has changed my life. I had forgotten what is was like to get up in the morning and be able to function. I no longer dwell on things. Instead I let problems roll off my shoulders."

– Karey