Depression is a serious illness that affects approximately 350 million people worldwide. While antidepressant medications can help manage symptoms, many patients are not satisfied with the results they get from standard drug therapy. Some also experience undesirable side effects from depression medications.
But a new option for depression treatment will be available this fall at West Pines Behavioral Health. It’s called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), an FDA-approved, noninvasive, nondrug approach that provides a new opportunity for remission for those who experience major depression. TMS uses targeted magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain that are underactive in patients with depression.
“We are excited to offer TMS at West Pines,” says Glenn Most, PsyD, executive director at West Pines. “It is a new tool in our continuum of treatment that may finally provide relief for long-time sufferers of depression.”
Treatments are conducted in a private and comfortable setting. A small curved device is positioned over the head and delivers the electric pulses. Patients are awake and alert during treatment. Each session lasts about 45 minutes. Treatments are administered five days a week for approximately four to six weeks. Clinical trials show many patients report experiencing some relief within a few weeks and full remission before the end of their treatment cycle.
“TMS provides us with a noninvasive treatment alternative that works much differently from antidepressants, offering these patients a new chance of achieving remission,” says Walter Standridge, MD, a psychiatrist at West Pines.
For more information about TMS therapy at West Pines Behavioral Health call 303-467-4080 or click here.