Clinical Depression is also known as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a serious mood disorder that can have severe symptoms where a patient may always feel worthless, experience anxiety, and believe they may be better off dead. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive but effective option for treating depression that has also been cleared by the FDA. TMS Health Solutions offers this treatment for patients whose depression symptoms do not abate with the administration of two or more anti-depressants. Treatment-Resistant Depression can occur in up to forty percent of adult patients diagnosed with clinical depression.
TMS therapy Burlingame uses a powerful electromagnet which is placed over the area of the brain associated with mood regulation. An electromagnetic coil is placed against the patient’s scalp near the forehead. The electromagnet delivers a painless magnetic pulse to stimulate the nerve cells in the brain that control mood and depression. The magnet may also stimulate parts of the brain that have decreased activity in depression sufferers. There is no surgery or sedation and patients are able to resume normal activities immediately after treatment. Some patients may have a mild headache or tingling of facial muscles right after treatment, but those side effects usually fade over time and with repeated treatments. Before treatment patients usually need a physical exam and psychiatric evaluation. Mental health professionals need to know if patients are pregnant, on medication, have a history of seizures or other mental health disorders. Patients should also inform staff of any metal or implanted medical devices in their body or if they have brain damage from a previous illness or injury.
The clinicians and staff at TMS are dedicated to research, education and helping patients with mental health conditions especially those with clinical depression. We try to provide the most cutting-edge therapies available for patients who have depression resistant to medication. We pride ourselves on providing patients with customized treatment plans including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We want to help patients find relief from the symptoms brought on by clinical depression.
Our treatments include psychiatric services for our patients as well as prescribing medication. Once the medication is prescribed we monitor it for effectiveness. We also provide Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression. Occasionally patients respond well to a combination of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and other treatments. Our staff strives to work with each patient with a customized plan tailored to suit their specific needs.