With depression rates soaring, far too many people are living their lives through the bleak prism of major depression. In fact, major depressive disorder (MDD) is now one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With about 7% of the adult population—and 11% of the teen population—suffering the effects of an MDD, the hunt is on to find better tools with which to treat depression.
Although antidepressants have shown to be effective in 50% of those who are battling major depression, the other 50% have found no success with antidepressants easing symptoms. These medication-resistant patients may have tried several different medications, only to be left with a heightened sense of despair and a heavy dose of frustration. For the individuals who continue to suffer, now there is an effective alternative depression treatment available in Beaverton, Oregon: Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS).
Deep TMS Depression Treatment in Beaverton
Deep TMS is a safe, noninvasive alternative therapy that uses magnetic fields targeted to the limbic region of the brain where they stimulate the brain cells that are underactive—a common symptom associated with depression. This promising depression treatment in Beaverton offers hope to the many people who have given up hope for a cure for their chronic depression.
Deep TMS won FDA approval for treating medication-resistant MDD in 2013 after more than 60 clinical studies demonstrated its safety and efficacy. The promising results of the placebo controlled, double-blind studies provides encouraging news for those who had, to date, found no relief from traditional treatment of depression. One such study of 230 participants over a 16-week period demonstrated profound improvements on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, and a statistically significant response and remission rates after dTMS treatment.
What Does a Typical dTMS Treatment Session Look Like?
Because dTMS requires no sedation, the patients seeking depression treatment in Beaverton, Oregon will undergo each treatment session fully alert. After being seated, the patient will be fitted with a comfortable helmet, inside which is an H-coil that is designed to target very specific areas of the brain. The patient will feel a tapping sensation on the scalp while the magnetic fields are administered by technology similar to an MRI machine. The magnetic pulses penetrate up to 6cm into the brain, targeting the mood center of the brain.
Each session takes 20 minutes and treatments are prescribed for 5 days per week for 4-6 weeks. The patient is able to return to their normal daily activities immediately following each treatment, with no downtime required. Deep TMS is very well tolerated with few, if any, side effects reported. Of the side effects reported, some referenced irritation on the scalp where the pulses were delivered, and some reported mild to moderate headache. It has been found that these effects do dissipate during the course of treatment.
The positive effects of dTMS treatment for depression are typically first noticed after the 10th session, or at the end of the second week. These early changes are commonly related to improved sleep. As the sessions proceed, patients begin to notice improvements in concentration and mood.
Achieve TMS Largest Provider of dTMS Depression Treatment in the U.S.
Now people seeking alternative depression treatment in the Beaverton region have a promising new option to antidepressants. Achieve TMS is the premier treatment provider for dTMS therapy in the country, having locations on both the east and west coasts. The dedicated doctors, clinicians, and technicians at Achieve TMS are experts in the field of treating MDD. The Multnomah County office location offers a serene and therapeutic environment that is conducive to healing. For more information about this exciting depression treatment, please call us today at (877) 447-6503.