LANSING, Michigan (WILX) -- When a patient suffering from depression walks into psychiatrist Dr. J. Blake Casher's office for a round TMS treatment they lie down in what looks like a dental chair, have a padded plate placed on their head, and sit back and watch TV or listen to music for 37 and a half minutes.
"You walk in. You walk out. You're not put to sleep. There's no anesthesia," he explains.
Though the treatment is relatively new, some patients have experienced good results with few side effects.
"It's a new technique involving magnets, just like like an MRI machine," Casher says.
These magnets stimulate the prefrontal cortex of the brain and encourage the production of serotonin and dopamine, chemicals that fight depression.