Transcranial magnetic stimulation:

An alternative treatment for depression

Depression can be debilitating and dangerous. It’s hard on you, as well as your family and friends as they watch you suffer. Treatment may involve medications that often have side effects, which can also make life hard. But Adventist Health is here to help.

Our Emotional Wellness Center offers an innovative and effective tool to help patients in their fight against depression.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) increases the activity of nerve cells in the area of your brain thought to control mood. This is not ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). Instead, TMS uses a magnet similar to an MRI machine.

These magnetic pulses may have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels, making long-term remission of depression possible.

“TMS is now fully part of the algorithm in treating patients with major depression,” explains Dr. Y. Pritham Raj, director of Adventist Health’s Emotional Wellness Center. “I would consider the strongest treatment plan for patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) in particular is one that combines psychotherapy, medication, TMS and — not to be forgotten — a physical activity regimen.”

Treatment TMS is easy:

  • Therapy sessions are conducted in the Emotional Wellness Center
  • You can return to normal activities right away
  • You are awake during treatment
  • There are no negative effects on memory or sleep
  • It’s covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare

TMS is bringing fresh hope to people every day. It may bring healing to you or someone you love.

“Rather than ponder this option on your own, if you or a loved one is struggling with major depression and have not received full control of the symptoms with medication or talk therapy, please schedule an appointment at the Emotional Wellness Center to see if TMS may be right for you,” Dr. Raj suggests.

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