TMS Depression Treatment Centers
Receiving the Best Help
With depression impacting the lives of approximately 16 million people each year in the U.S., finding the best depression treatment center that offers hope to those suffering from this serious mental health condition is a top priority. Achieve TMS East is the leader in providing an exciting new alternative depression treatment, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS), to help restore quality of life to those battling depression.
For decades the standard treatment protocol for depression has been the combination of antidepressant medications and psychotherapy. While this treatment plan does help about 50% of the patients seeking relief from the debilitating effects of depression, the other 50% are found to be unresponsive to this treatment regimen. These medication-resistant patients with a major depressive disorder (MDD) now have a promising alternative depression treatment in dTMS.
What is dTMS?
The FDA approved deep TMS in 2013 to treat MDD, offering a more probing and effective version of standard TMS, which was FDA approved for use in 2008. TMS paved the way to treating depression with targeted magnetic pulses delivered through a coil to the prefrontal cortex of the brain, stimulating the brain chemicals that were inactive and rebalancing the brain chemistry. Deep TMS delivers these pulses to a depth of 6 cm and can reach more areas of the brain, improving the treatment outcome while shortening each treatment session by half.
For individuals battling medication-resistant depression, the best depression treatment center, Achieve TMS East, can give them new hope. Deep TMS has been studied extensively in the U.S. and around the world, with more than 60 clinical trials demonstrating its safety and efficacy in improving the symptoms of MDD. The double blind, placebo-controlled studies have shown consistent improvements in the Hamilton Depression Scale (HAM-D) of study participants, as well as significant response rates to the treatment.
What Happens in a dTMS Treatment Session?
The best depression treatment centers embrace dTMS because it offers excellent treatment outcomes with few, if any, side effects. Deep TMS requires no anesthesia, eliminating the various risks that accompany sedation for other depression treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Instead, the patient receiving a dTMS treatment will be completely alert and is seated in a comfortable chair. During the session the patient is free to watch television, listen to music, or just relax.
During the treatment session the patient wears a helmet that contains an H-coil through which the magnetic pulses will be administered. The patient may experience a subtle tapping sensation on the scalp where the pulses are delivered to the targeted brain region. Each session lasts for 20 minutes, and there are 5 sessions per week for 4-6 weeks. The treatment is well tolerated, with few to no side effects. The patient is able to drive him or herself after the sessions and can resume normal daily activities immediately.
Most patients will begin to experience results after about the tenth session, or at the end of week two. Typically, the first improvement a patient notices is their sleep quality. As the treatments continue over the 4-6 weeks, patients will begin to feel their concentration and focus improving, followed by improvements in their general mood.
Achieve TMS East Massachusetts Best Depression Treatment Centers
Achieve TMS East is blazing the trail as the top provider of this revolutionary depression treatment. The dedicated, expert physicians and treatment technicians are devoted to improving the quality of life of their patients using the best depression treatment centers available. With multiple office locations in the Hampshire County area, Northampton, Amherst, Springfield, Achieve TMS Eastoffers a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for healing. For more information about dTMS, please call us today at (877) 297-5816.