Nashville TMS- Offering effective new treatment for depression

TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) therapy is an FDA-cleared depression treatment for patients who have not benefited from initial antidepressant medication.

TMS is a new therapy that involves no drugs and has been proven safe and effective for treating patients with depression, TMS is free of negative side effects often associated with taking antidepressants.

Nashville TMS is part of the psychiatric practice of W. Scott West, MD, who was the first psychiatrist to bring Neurostar TMS Therapy to Tennessee in 2010.

We encourage you to explore this site and learn more about new hope for depression and how TMS offers help for depression.

“Seven months ago I was so depressed I wasn’t able to function. After six weeks of NeuroStar TMS Therapy, I was back to work; feeling great; I was enjoying my kids again and I had my life back.”
-Craig, 38 years old

Exciting TMS News for People Who Suffer From Depression

Important Indications that TMS is Coming of Age


Dr. Scott West, Nashville TMS, Depression I want to share news from the second annual meeting of The Clinical TMS Society held in conjunction with the American Psychiatric Association in New York City.

We saw presentations from around the world with news of exciting experiences in Japan and Chile where many people are being treated   ‘on label’ for depression as well as ‘off label’ for a wide variety of disorders - with great success. We heard about more evidence of the superior and lasting effects of TMS. And the ‘52 week durability study after acute treatment’ that Nashville TMS participated in is due to be published soon.

Off-Label Treatment with TMS

The future looks enormously bright for TMS as we continue to treat depression – and on the horizon - treating other debilitating conditions that include:

  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),

  • bipolar disorder,

  • pain,

  • negative symptoms of schizophrenia,

  • addictions, and

  • neurological conditions - such as stroke rehabilitation, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and tinnitus

These are currently being treated off label and ongoing research toward U.S. FDA approval is quite promising.

Greater Efficacy with TMS

There was a session that focused on deciding on clinical standards regarding how to best use TMS. While there is currently not agreement on all aspects of treatment, we are working hard to develop more effective treatment protocols in an ongoing fashion with the clear expectation of greater efficacy.

Insurance Coverage for TMS

We discussed the dilemma we have with insurance company limitations and we explored ways to address this obstacle to treatment. I will be the regional insurance representative for the organization and look forward to productive interaction with the insurance companies - with the outcome of making transcranial magnetic stimulation appropriately and effectively available for patients – and finally eliminate their suffering.

Leading the Field – Into the Future

We had the great pleasure of listening to Dr. Tarique Paerera, President of the organization, Drs. Mark George, Harold Sackeim and Alvero Pascual-Leone, early researchers of the technology, speak about the history, early successes and concerns, current research and future possibilities. The overall tenor of the meeting was exceptionally positive from these luminaries as well as those of us involved with TMS patients on a day to day basis.

I will be writing about more of the ideas that came out of the meeting in detail in later posts, but today I just wanted to review the meeting and bring awareness to the opportunities we have as TMS is coming of age.

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About Dr. Scott West and Nashville TMS:

Dr. Scott West has dedicated his professional career to helping people overcome the suffering of clinical depression. Dr. West is the Medical Director of Nashville TMS, where he and his team relieve the suffering of patients who have previously been resistant to drug therapy for depression. Watch a short video about actual patients whose lives have been changed: “I look forward to things now. I have a future again.” Dr. West has been practicing psychiatry in Nashville Tennessee since 1986 when he finished his residency in psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Read more about Dr. Scott West.

Why we’re comitted to TMS

During my years of psychiatric practice, I have treated thousands of people who suffer from clinical depression. This disease, currently being diagnosed with increasing frequency, is debilitating and exacts a toll on patients and their loved ones. Through the years I have found that in some cases medications and psychotherapy, the traditional tools utilized in treating this disease, are not effective.

I first heard about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the early 1990’s when a patient came back from McLean Hospital and told me about research involving TMS for depression. I followed the research for years and when it was cleared by the FDA in 2008 as a new treatment for depression, I looked into the requirements for using this cutting edge technology that used no drugs. Since TMS is an outpatient procedure and can be done comfortably in my office, it seemed the next logical step was to make this new therapy for depression part of my private practice in Green Hills.

Over the last four years Nashville TMS has had the privilege of treating many patients who had previously not responded to traditional treatments for depression. The majority of our patients have responded very well to TMS and have returned to a better level of functioning and more fulfilling lives.

So why are we committed to TMS? Nashville TMS uses transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat depression because it works and because there is such a need for effective treatments that involve no drugs. Knowing that we offer new hope for depression and help people recover from such disabling depression helps us sleep better at night and our patients sleep better too.
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About Scott West, MD

Dr. Scott West has dedicated his professional career to helping people overcome clinical depression. He has been practicing psychiatry in Nashville Tennessee since 1986 when he finished his residency in psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prior to that, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and received his medical degree from The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Memphis Tennessee. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialty of Psychiatry and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

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