With its headquarters in San Francisco, California, TMS Health Solutions is specializing in delivering TMS therapy to patients who suffer from clinical depression that is resistant to treatment. In addition, the clinics also provide traditional treatment for mood disorders. The organization is transforming the way outpatient mental healthcare operates via providing evidence-based, advanced treatments, such as the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation In addition, TMS Health Solutions is being led by Dr. Karl Lanocha and Dr. Richard Bermudes, two of the leading experts in the United States when it comes to implementing TMS as an innovative therapy for depression.
TMS Health Solutions is also responsible with opening a clinic in Burlingame which focuses exclusively on the treatment of depression. Richard Bermudes, the Chief Medical Officer of TMS Health noted that given the growing impact and widespread of depression on society and the ongoing suffering that patients with mood disorders endure, the organization wanted to be focused on treating patients at the new location.
What is TMS therapy?
This form of innovative therapy is non-invasive and FDA-cleared for depression that is resistant to drugs. TMS therapy was cleared in 2008 by the Food and Drug Administration and it is administered in an outpatient setting in a physician’s office. This form of therapy is changing the way people are approaching clinical depression. It has been discovered that patients who suffer from depression have irregularities in the brain circuit functions, in the prefrontal cortex to be exact. That part of the brain is responsible with regulating moods and is underactive in those who are suffering from depression. Employing the use of an MRI-strength magnetic field in order to stimulate the brain’s prefrontal cortex, the main symptoms of depression can be relieved.
While some anti-depression medication ends up producing the same effects chemically, one benefit of this form of therapy is that unlike Electroconvulsive Therapy or antidepressants, patients experience minimal side effects. Long-term treatment, over the course of a number of weeks, stimulates existing neural circuits and it also encourages the formation of new neural circuits, thus creating a more lasting relief from depression for a number of patients.
While using electromagnets to stimulate the brain might sound intimidating at first, given that TMS is a non-invasive form of treatment, it does not require anesthesia or sedation. During the 30 to 60-minute session, patients end up falling asleep by themselves. The therapy’s standard course includes up to 36 sessions that span over up to 6 weeks. Patients experience a slight tingling during the session on the left side of the scalp as the electromagnetic pulses are stimulating neurons in the prefrontal cortex.
Patients who have been using TMS therapy noted a relief from depression’s symptoms, in some cases within just a couple of weeks after treatment. No treatment can offer a guarantee of remission, patients who have been undergoing TMS therapy noticed promising results. Some patients reported that they are having more energy, sleeping better after treatment, and are feeling more focused. 85% of patients experienced success with this form of therapy within a year after starting treatment.
Besides TMS Therapy, TMS Health Solutions is always seeking new remedies for clinical depression. Due to the fact that every case is different, the patients might require different treatment methods in order to overcome their illness. The organization also incorporates alternative treatments in order to suit the needs of its patients, employing the use of Traditional Chinese Medicines, such as manual therapies (acupuncture, mediation, yoga, and tai chi), as well as medicinal herbs, vitamins, teas, and nutritional supplements, thus taking a holistic approach in pursuit of treating mental illness.