Have you been diagnosed with clinical depression? Or maybe someone you know has suffered from depression for years with little or no luck using traditional therapy or medications? Maybe medications have shown signs of success but are outweighed by the side effects of the drugs? If this sounds familiar, then you should take a look at an emerging type of therapy called TMS therapy.
What is TMS therapy?
TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an FDA approved therapy that is changing the way we approach clinical depression. Patients with depression have been found to have irregularities in brain circuit functions, specifically in the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain, which is responsible for regulating moods, is underactive in people suffering from depression. TMS therapy targets these brain circuit irregularities by electromagnetically stimulating areas of your brain.
While certain anti-depression medications produce the same effect chemically, TMS stimulates these areas of your brain without the negative side effects of medications. Treatment over the course of several weeks not only stimulates existing neural circuits, it encourages new neural circuits to form, creating lasting relief from depression for many patients.
The Patient Experience
If stimulating your brain using electromagnets sounds intimidating, you are not alone. But fear not, TMS is a non-invasive treatment that does not require sedation or anesthesia. In fact, many patients fall asleep during the thirty- to sixty-minute sessions by themselves. The usual course of therapy includes 30 to 36 sessions spanning over four to six weeks. During the session, patients experience a slight tingling on the left side of their scalp while electromagnetic pulses stimulate neurons within the prefrontal cortex.
Success with TMS
Patients using TMS therapy have noticed relief from the symptoms of depression sometimes within just one or two weeks after treatment. While no treatment offers guarantees of remission, patients undergoing TMS therapy have been seeing promising results. 85% of patients have had success with TMS within a year after beginning treatment. Some patients have reported feeling more focused, having more energy, and sleeping better after treatment.
TMS Health Solutions knows that the road to recovery is unique for each individual. Whatever your individual goals are regarding your mental health, TMS Health Solutions will be right there with you.
Why TMS Health Solutions?
TMS Health Solutions is northern California’s premier provider of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy. Founded in 2007, TMS Health Solutions has been treating patients with depression for over a decade. TMS Health Solutions Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Richard Bermudes, founded TMS health solutions with a patient-centric approach in mind. He was the first to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Sacramento area in 2010. Dr. Bermudes went on to become a founding member of the Clinical TMS Society and was elected as its president in 2015. Dr. Karl Lanocha directs TMS Health Solutions’ educational efforts and is one of the most published clinicians in the field of TMS. Further, Dr. Lanocha was one of the nation’s first physicians to use TMS to treat depression. Rest easy knowing that TMS Health Solutions psychiatrists are on your team and ready to help you treat your depression.
The comprehensive and compassionate approach by TMS Health Solutions to patients suffering from depression sets them apart from other medical professionals. TMS Health Solutions shines especially when dealing with patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression or TRD. Roughly 40% of adults diagnosed with the Major Depressive Disorder do not respond to medication and develop TRD.
When years of therapy and countless antidepressant attempts fail to cure your depression, TMS Health Solutions are the professionals to turn to. Not only are they the experts in transcranial magnetic stimulations but TMS Health Solutions professionals can also customize a multi-faceted treatment approach to tackle your symptoms.
TMS Health Solutions Coverage Strategy
Both medication management and TMS therapy are covered by most insurance providers. Even if your insurance provider does not cover TMS therapy, the professionals at TMS Health Solutions can help patients obtain financial assistance. TMS Health Solutions’ patient access team handles insurance and other financial issues, allowing you to focus solely on your mental health.
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