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Before having transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), you may need a medical exam to make sure it's safe and a good option for you. You may be asked a number of questions about your depression. Tell your doctor or mental health provider if:
Little preparation is needed. TMS isn't invasive, doesn't require anesthesia and can be performed in a doctor's office. You don't need to arrange for someone to drive you home after treatment — unless, for the first treatment, you want someone to drive you so you get a sense of how you'll feel afterward. Before considering treatment, check with your health insurance company to see whether TMS is covered. Your policy may not cover it.
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