Traditional methods of treating clinical depression are not working. People spend years taking medications and they don’t feel any better for it. There’s a trial and error approach to depression medicines, with physicians prescribing different classes of antidepressants, hoping the one will work. Unfortunately, patients have to take each antidepressant for two to three months to see if it will work. After several failed attempts, the person has been depressed for six months with no relief. Unfortunately, some physicians only see drugs and therapy as options, even if their patient isn’t responding to antidepressants and has a hard time getting to therapy appointments.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
TMS uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the part of the brain that controls mood. Half-hour sessions at a TMS Health Solutions facility are not painful and they have no side effects. Patients can drive home afterward and resume their normal activities. TMS is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment for treatment-resistant clinical depression.
If a person is depressed, TMS targets a specific subcortical brain region to excite the area using a magnetic coil to restore function. A small coil goes next to your scalp; there are no electrodes. A series of treatments may improve your depression or eliminate it entirely.
Telepsychiatry is an innovative therapy that allows individuals to have video sessions with their TMS Health Solutions psychiatrist from their laptop or PC. Individuals wishing to use this service will need a camera, microphone and broadband Internet connection. Busy patients appreciate this service because they don’t have to worry about the time as much, which helps them focus on the session, not the clock.
Electroconvulsive therapy involves having minor electric currents induce a brief seizure. Since the patient is under general anesthesia, he or she wouldn’t feel anything. ECT is also called electroshock therapy. It has changed greatly since it was first introduced in 1939. ECT may be beneficial when a patient sees no effect from antidepressants or when a patient has severe depression.
TMS Health Solutions offers a standard depression questionnaire, the PHQ-9. The tool diagnoses depression and its severity and offers treatment recommendations.
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