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Welcome to the DecaturTMS

Decatur's First and Most Experienced TMS Center!

Decatur's first and most experienced treatment center offering this break-through treatment for depression. We are proud of the 10 years that we have been offering this depression treatment to patients who need it most. We have long understood that sometimes medications and therapy just aren’t enough, and patients like you need more advanced treatment.

We treat patients throughout Decatur and beyond.

With over 2500 treatments completed in our office, we are excited to work with you on your personalized TMS treatment plan. DecaturTMS provides the latest in depression treatments. We are pleased to be able to offer Neurostar® TMS Therapy to our patients. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available.

This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousands of depression patients who have not received adequate results from antidepressants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It is used to treat depression by stimulating the brain non-invasively using electromagnetic fields, similar to those produced by an MRI machine. During TMS Therapy, a magnetic field is administered in very short pulses to the part of the brain that research has demonstrated to be associated with depression. The typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.

The DecaturTMS Therapy system uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate the area of the brain that is thought to function abnormally in patients with depression. The magnetic field produces an electric current in the brain that stimulates the brain cells (neurons). This results in changes that are thought to be beneficial in the treatment of depression.

Tms is covered by most insurance companies including tricare, BC/BS, health alliance, Medicare and many more.

DecaturTMS is non-systemic (does not circulate in the blood throughout the body), so it does not have side effects such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, dry mouth, sedation, etc. The most common side effects reported during clinical trials were headache and scalp discomfort – generally mild to moderate – occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment.

Real People, Real Stories


    From as far as I can remember, I felt unhappy and alone. I have never seen a candid photo of myself as a child where I was smiling. The only smiling photos were those where I was told to smile. Before I was eight years old I wrote wills, hoping to die and wanting to make sure my "stuff' was distributed where I wanted it.

    As I got older into my teen years, I didn't think about dying as much-I guess because I figured out that such thoughts were not normal. But I was still unhappy. I didn't have close friends. I could never open up to other people. As I became an adult I looked for people to love me, but since I was never really happy, most of my relationships failed. I tried counseling, but nothing really helped.

    When I married my current husband ten years ago, I finally found love. But since I was still an unhappy person we had many problems. Often he would ask me why I always seemed so unhappy. Finally I began seeing a psychiatrist who diagnosed me as clinically depressed with anxiety. I felt relieved that there was an explanation!!! Then I started taking anti-depressants.

    The drugs relieved some symptoms, but had so many bad side effects. I couldn't think clearly and my brain seemed to turn to mush. This is a bad thing when you are a college professor of economics and need to analyze situations. I had dry mouth all the time. This was minor but very uncomfortable in front of a class. I had no sexual desire. The depression caused some of this, I think, but the drugs really made it worse. I began to put on weight, which is not healthy for someone with a family history of heart disease and diabetes.

    When I talked to Dr. Bashir about the side effects of the medications, he gave me literature on the TMS procedure.

    I noticed changes within the first week. A knot I had had in my stomach forever suddenly was gone. I actually laughed a couple of times that week. From then I felt more relaxed and happy—for the first time in as long as I could remember. It just kept getting better throughout the treatment process. It has been six months since I finished my treatments. I have a whole new life. My husband is always saying how different I am—happy, loving, and fun to be around. Many of my friends have commented on the change.

    It has changed my life in more ways than I can describe.

    Mrs. C., 59 y/o Female

    When I first heard of the TMS therapy option that was available to me I was a little unsure if this would be the way for me. I had tried so many different options in the past to help me deal with my depression, I was to the point where I didn't want to leave my house or go to work or even talk on the phone.

    I just didn't see that rainbow at the end of the tunnel like most people see. I felt as if my life was over with. I had ECT treatments in the past and didn't want to be put under for more treatment, and then Dr. Bashir & Lori both talked to me about TMS and how helpful it would be for me. After watching the video and reading up about it and several weeks of feeling down, I finally decided to start the TMS with some hesitation.

    I was like this isn't going to work; nothing else has in the past. So we started TMS on a Monday and by Wednesday I was having less panic attacks. I have now had 30 treatments and I feel great. I am sleeping better, my mood is a lot better, and I want to leave the house now. It has been a long time since I have felt this good. I thank Dr. Bashir & Lori a lot for urging me to have the TMS done. With out it I would still be sitting at home and not leaving the couch. My family has even noticed a big change in my attitude and my appearance. I would recommend TMS to others if needed in the future to help treat their depression.

    Mr. M., 32 y/o Male

    Dear Dr. Bashir and Lori,

    My sincere gratitude to you both for explaining the TMS treatments to me. As you know, I have fought depression for over a decade. I tried so many different medications, was hospitalized twice, and just couldn't come out of it. Finally, during my last hospitalization, you, Dr. Bashir showed me the DVD on TMS. My husband and I decided it would be a good option for us and more importantly a safe option.

    You both made me feel very comfortable and patiently explained everything to me. After 26 treatments and almost a year later I can truthfully say I am depression free! I no long take any anti-depressants.

    I am so grateful for this technology. It wasn't painful, I was never scared or uneasy, and it worked. Thank you Dr. Bashir for bringing this to the Decatur, IL area.

    Sincerely and with many thanks to you both.

    Mr. L, 38 y/o Male

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