Both non-drug and drug therapies are available to treat depression.
In treating victims of this serious brain disease we must consider how effective the different treatments are, and their side effect profiles.
We need to keep something else in mind, too. The only acceptable standard in treating depression is full clinical remission where people feel entirely well. It’s not enough to just feel a lot better. Feeling better is headed in the right direction, but feeling completely well is the standard.
When it comes to treating depression there’s a new measuring stick for this standard. The bar has been raised. Full clinical remission is a pretty picture.
Now that we have transcranial magnetic stimulation – a new, non-drug therapy for the heartbreaking brain disease called depression – all other treatments must be measured against a new standard.
The NeuroStar TMS Therapy System is doing a lot of heavy lifting in Augusta, Georgia, and is available worldwide.
TMS has only been around since 2008, but already over 20,000 people have been successfully treated with this procedure using its precisely targeted magnetic pulses to stimulate key areas of the brain underactive in patients with depression.
Depression is often treated first with psychotherapy (talk therapy) and antidepressant medications alone or together. These treatments can be effective, but they don’t work for far too many people, and then what?
Depression’s victims need all the help they can get, but they don’t need the extra burden of bothersome side effects. Too often we see unwanted side effects from antidepressant drugs, one of which is these drugs frequently don’t work well at all.
When first-line antidepressant drugs are not effective, other depression treatment options may be considered:
- Patients can be switched to a different type of antidepressant medication, such as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), or a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA)
- Patients may have another medication – lithium, or thyroid supplement – added to their current antidepressant medication
- Patients may have an atypical antipsychotic medication (Abilify, Seroquel, etc.) added to their antidepressant medication, but it means more side effects, and expense
- Patients may be switched from the first antidepressant medicine to a 2nd antidepressant, but their odds for an acceptable response decrease dramatically with each medicine change
With any medication change more or different systemic side effects are likely. Additional medications increase the chances of additional side effects, and complicate the whole side effect picture.
Now there’s an alternative, non-drug therapy for brains hijacked by depression.
- Depression can be treated with transcranial magnetic stimulation
- The FDA approved NeuroStar TMS because it is effective, and because it is safe
- TMS can be a miracle for depression
TMS treats the brain directly instead of indirectly like medications. Our NeuroStar Therapy System produces none of the bothersome systemic side effects so common with medications.
Available In Augusta, Georgia – TMS Therapy For Depression
More and more data is accumulating to show what thousands of people worldwide have experienced for themselves – transcranial magnetic stimulation is a terrific treatment for depression.
- TMS is excellent for people wanting to avoid medicines, but needing treatment for clinical depression
- TMS is an alternative treatment for depression in people who can’t stand the side effects of medications, or find that medicines don’t work
- People who’ve been unsatisfied with the results they’ve had with other treatments now have another option in transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy
The 2010 Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression cites TMS as an appropriate treatment option for patients who have not benefited from initial antidepressant medication. That indication has been recently expanded.
TMS delivers repetitive, short pulses of a magnetic field which stimulate nerve cells in areas of the brain thought to control mood. The pulsed magnetic field may have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels, and probably works in ways we don’t yet understand.
One day maybe we’ll have the brain’s mysteries all figured out, but right now we have a breakthrough new treatment, and it’s worth celebrating. Treating depression with magnetic stimulation is an effective alternative therapy for depression.
Our goal is to stamp out depression worldwide beginning in our own backyard of Augusta, Georgia. We celebrate each victory over depression.
We’re excited to have a great new procedure – Advanced TMS using the NeuroStar Therapy System – a major breakthrough in the treatment of the dark brain disease called depression. We know that transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy gives our patients a far better chance to celebrate success in beating depression.
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American Psychiatric Association (2010) (eds: Gelenberg AJ, Freeman MP, Markowitz JC, Rosenbaum JF, Thase ME, Trivedi MH, Van Rhoads RS). Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder, 3rd Edition.