Advanced TMS Therapy in San Diego
Depression affects millions of people in the US and around the world.
Also called Major Depressive Disorder and clinical depression, it is a serious disorder that disrupts a person’s ability to feel, think, behave, and engage with others. Many people with depression find relief from their symptoms through a combination of medication and psychotherapy, but these don’t work for everyone. Sometimes, depression persists even after attempts at treatment with several different medications.
Fortunately, advancements in mental health technology have led to transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, a breakthrough treatment that helps alleviate symptoms in countless people with depression and other treatment-resistant mood disorders.
What is Advanced TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and How Does It Work?
Advanced TMS is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment for depression that often works when antidepressants don’t. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008, TMS has proven through clinical trials to reduce symptoms by at least 50% in half of patients with treatment-resistant depression—and one-third of those are able to achieve full remission and live symptom-free.
Brain imbalances play a significant role in depression. People who suffer from depression typically have low activity in certain regions of the brain. Advanced TMS therapy uses magnetic fields similar to those used in MRI machines to stimulate nerve cells. Through a series of repetitive magnetic pulses that cause neurons to fire, TMS activates brain regions involved in mood regulation, modifying the connectivity of large-scale networks and essentially “resetting” the brain.
Patients who have suffered from depression most of their lives report feeling more engaged with their loved ones and more optimistic about the future within a few short weeks of beginning Advanced TMS treatment.
What to Expect From Advanced TMS Treatment
During your initial consultation at Pacific Health Systems, we’ll take a complete medical history, evaluate and assess your condition, and explain how TMS works. Advanced TMS is covered by many insurance plans, so we’ll also take this time to discuss your coverage and answer any questions you may have.
All Advanced TMS sessions take place in our office and require between 20 and 40 minutes.
When you come in for your treatment, we’ll help you get comfortable in a reclining chair and place a small electromagnetic coil lightly on your head. We’ll administer the magnetic pulses by way of a computer program that will help us target specific areas of your brain and stimulate the nerve cells there. The procedure is painless, non-invasive, completely drug-free, and has no side-effects, which means you can return to your everyday activities right away.
Advanced TMS requires a time commitment of 5 sessions per week for 4 to 6 weeks. Some patients begin to experience positive mood changes even after just a few sessions. In order to maximize the effectiveness, however, it’s important to complete the full course of treatment as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Available on request for those wanting rapid relief from Major Depression is Ketamine both IV and the inhaler Spravato, an FDA approved treatment for MDD for those who have failed other treatments.