TMS – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – Demonstrated and Discussed on The Dr. Oz Show

On March 14, 2012, Dr. Oz introduced the national TV audience of “The Dr. Oz Show” to TMS. The segment featured a live demonstration of TMS treatment by Dr. Tarique Parera on Suzanne, one of his patients. In an emotional interview with Dr. Oz, Suzanne described her experience with TMS as “Life changing. In the third week [of treatment] I felt that a dark cloud had lifted. I was at dinner, and my son looked at my husband and said, ‘Dad, she’s different. She’s a new person. Mom is back.”  It’s a very touching story, and you can watch it here.

I am thrilled to report that TMS treatment has produced similar positive results for our patients in Los Angeles. Megan is one of those exciting stories. She was depressed for two or three years and had lost two jobs because of it. Megan told us that after the first couple of weeks of treatment she began to notice little changes in her emotional state.  “I started singing in my car again, which I hadn’t done in a really long time — and it’s something that I enjoy,” says Megan. “It keeps getting better. It keeps improving day after day.” You can see more of Megan’s story here.

Dr. Oz Explains TMS

Another reason to watch the Dr. Oz Show segment is to see a fascinating animation created just for the show that illustrates how TMS acts on the brain. Dr. Oz narrates the video and is clearly excited about TMS and what it offers to patients suffering from depression. In the opening of the segment Dr. Oz says “I believe this could be an effective treatment,” and after the live demonstration he wonders “Why is every psychiatrist in the country not thinking about this for their patients?”

Dr. Oz TMS Video Clip Helps Inform The Public About TMS

Dr. Oz polled his studio audience to see if anyone had heard of TMS, and not a single person said “yes.” Given the size of Dr. Oz’s TV audience, I am sure that millions of people have now learned about the potential of TMS. We thank Dr. Oz for helping to spread the word about TMS, and hope you will share the video with your family and friends who may benefit from learning about this wonderful drug-free treatment for depression.

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