Behavioral Health Providers Find Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Adds extra Dimension to Treating Major Depression
When it comes to treating major depression, mental health providers and patients alike may be faced with the frustrating reality that traditional treatment methods—psychotherapy and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications—often fall short. For individuals suffering from treatment-resistant depression, failure to achieve relief from this debilitating mental health condition may inspire them to utilize promising new alternative therapies such as deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS).
In the quest to offer patients every possible opportunity for successfully treating major depression, a growing number of treatment professionals are turning to dTMS providers to augment their traditional regimen. Achieve TMS is one such provider that is partnering with mental health and dual diagnosis treatment centers, such as Sovereign Health Group, clinical groups, and private practices. By incorporating dTMS into their patient’s individual treatment plans, these mental health providers increase the likelihood of their patients experiencing increased relief of symptoms and ultimately positive treatment outcomes.
What is dTMS and how does it Treat Major Depression?
dTMS is a non-invasive outpatient therapeutic procedure that is performed with the patient fully awake and has virtually no side effects. dTMS uses magnetic pulses delivered through a coil which is placed on the patient’s scalp over the part of the brain that is determined to be associated with their diagnosis after several measurement are taken to arrive at a precise position. The rhythmic pulses that are delivered to the brain create a magnetic field, similar to that of an MRI machine, with induce small electrical currents in the brain. During treatment, which generally lasts about 40 minutes, the affected neurons depolarize and release neurotransmitters, activating areas of the limbic system through neural pathways. This results in increased blood flow and stimulated glucose metabolism, resulting in improved mood.
Why Add TMS to the Treatment Plan?
Utilizing dTMS allows patients to receive treatment for major depression without the unpleasant side effects that can accompany SSRI treatment. Side effects from SSRI medications can include nausea, dizziness, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, headache, diarrhea, agitation and nervousness, and weight gain or loss. dTMS, on the other hand, is well tolerated by most patients, with a small minority experiencing mild headaches or uncomfortable scalp sensations which diminish over the course of the treatment period. The treatment period for dTMS sessions lasts 4-6 weeks on average. dTMS has shown to be effective in treating patients with major depression when medications were not. This can be explained by its ability to produce changes in brain activity in the region associated with mood regulation, such as the prefrontal cortex. The neural circuits that are being stimulated over the course of treatment result in new circuits forming, bringing relief of depressive symptoms for many patients.
How Partnering with Achieve TMS Increases Success
Acceptance of the efficacy of dTMS among mental health providers is growing as research being conducted on TMS mounts, continuing to validate its effectiveness in treating depression. For patients who tolerate the SSRI medication but have had only minimal improvement in symptoms, providers acknowledge using dTMS as an adjunct therapy has show to have a positive synergistic effect, adding to the effectiveness of each to battle major depression.
By partnering with a dTMS provider like Achieve TMS, treatment centers and clinical professionals bolster the success rates in treating depression for their patients. It is a win-win for both camps. Achieve TMS provides the expertise and licensed professionals that behavioral health professionals seek in prescribing alternative or adjunct therapies, assuring them that their patients will be in competent care. Physicians and mental health providers who are interested in integrating the expert services of Achieve TMS may contact us at 877-447-6503. Our friendly staff would be happy to answer any questions or refer you to one of our doctors to further discuss partnership possibilities.
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