TMS Specialist

James Fox, MD -  - Adult Psychiatrist

James Fox, MD

Adult Psychiatrist & TMS located in Summerville, SC

If you experience symptoms of depression or bipolar disorder, advanced treatment options are available at the office of psychiatrist James Fox, MD, in Summerville, South Carona. He and his expert team offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to diminish symptoms and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Fox over the phone or online to learn more about TMS.

TMS Q & A

What is TMS?

TMS is a noninvasive treatment that alleviates symptoms of depression. It uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerves in your brain associated with mood. Dr. Fox and his team offer express TMS, which is a revolutionary TMS treatment that only takes three to five minutes per session. TMS is often effective for depression relief, even if medications or psychotherapy haven’t worked.


What are the symptoms of depression?

Everybody can feel down from time to time, but symptoms of depression are long-lasting. The following signs and symptoms are associated with depression:

  • Constant sadness, emptiness, tearfulness, or hopelessness
  • Sleeping problems
  • Loss of interest in once pleasurable activities
  • Irritability or anger
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Slowed thinking or difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of worthlessness or suicide
  • Chronic physical pain, such as body aches or headaches


To find out if you have depression and are a good candidate for TMS, Dr. Fox reviews your medical history and asks questions about your symptoms. 

He completes a physical exam, mental health exam, and may use blood tests or other diagnostic tests to detect or rule out medical issues that can affect mood.


What happens during TMS treatment?

When you arrive for an express TMS session, Dr. Fox places electromagnetic coils against your scalp by your forehead. You sit down in a comfortable chair in a relaxing room and wear earplugs to protect your ears.

A TMS device delivers magnetic pulses to nerve cells in your brain associated with mood control. You might feel some pressure on your scalp, but the procedure isn’t painful. It takes just three to five minutes to complete.


What should I expect after TMS?

After TMS treatment, there’s no downtime, so you can resume a normal everyday routine right away. For best results, Dr. Fox recommends a series of TMS sessions, which might take a few weeks to complete. After treatment, you should notice improvements in or elimination of depression symptoms.

Living with depression can drastically reduce your quality of life and be dangerous in some cases. If you suspect you have depression, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Fox and his team over the phone or online to find out if TMS is right for you.