From 14 to 17 percent of adults will suffer from clinical depression, otherwise known as MDD (Major Depressive Disorder), during their lifetime. The usual treatment for clinical depression is through talk or cognitive behavioral therapy. This therapy can be done concurrent with medication. Antidepressants can be used to lessen the effects of depression.
Within that group of up to 17%, 40 percent will have a condition known as Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD) per the Center for Disease Control. Those patients do not respond to medication and a different treatment is needed to help alleviate their depression.
In the Sacramento area, there is a group of psychiatrists who specialize in treating those suffering from clinical depression. TMS Health Solutions offers talk therapy and medication prescription and monitoring. They also are a leader in the field of TMS therapy (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for those with treatment-resistant depression.
Clinical depression is a condition that needs treatment in order to overcome. Depression leads to self-isolation and difficulty in obtaining the help needed. TMS Health Solutions have created an environment that is focused on the patient in order to alleviate symptoms. This is done through therapy and medication management. In addition, for those patients who do not respond to these treatments, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is provided. TMS therapy is a treatment that is non-invasive, FDA-cleared, with few side-effects, and very effective in about 60 percent of patients.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is achieved by use of an electromagnetic coil which is put on the forehead, near the scalp. Once secured, it produces a magnetic pulse which stimulates nerve cells that control mood and depression.
ECT, also used to treat depression, is performed under anesthesia. Electrodes are applied to the scalp and an electric current is produced that causes a short seizure.
The prevalent side effect of TMS therapy is a discomfort to the scalp and has been described as a sort of tapping feeling. This is greatly different than the side effects that can be caused by either medication or ECT such as nausea, aggression, confusion and memory loss and changes in blood pressure, cardiovascular and pulmonary complications.
TMS Health Solutions is covered by most insurance carriers including Anthem, Cigna and United Healthcare.