Posted Monday March 19, 2012– 11:50am
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), approved by the FDA in October 2008 and recently featured on the Dr. Oz Show, is a major technological breakthrough in psychiatric treatment. This cutting edge technology for depression is now available at Southern California TMS Centers in Beverly Hills and Pasadena, CA.
TMS can relieve depression when antidepressants are ineffective or cause intolerable side effects. This non-drug treatment is ideal for patients such as pregnant or nursing women, or those who want to avoid medication altogether due to side effects such as weight gain or sexual dysfunction.
TMS stimulates an area of the brain known to be underactive in patients with depression. An MRI strength magnet is positioned over the head to deliver repetitive magnetic pulses. Mood pathways are stimulated and become more active, restoring normal brain function and improving depressive symptoms.
TMS treatments are highly effective, safe, and well tolerated. No anesthesia or sedation is required, so patients are able to drive to and from treatment and continue their everyday activities.
In addition to depression, TMS is also used for other psychiatric and neurologic conditions such as Bipolar Disorder, chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, anxiety, migraines, and auditory hallucinations. Research is also being done using TMS for post-stroke recovery.
Dr. Eric Levander, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist trained in TMS has said, “A majority of my depressed patients who have failed to get much relief using different antidepressant medication combinations have gotten considerably better with TMS.“
SoCal TMS Center is the largest provider of TMS in the country with multiple locations and 9 affiliated doctors. 80% of their patients have experienced improvement, with profound recovery in over half.
There is now an alternative for those suffering from depression. Southern California TMS Center has the experience and compassion to help you overcome your depression.
For information contact Southern California TMS Center (866) 322-7776, www.socaltms.com.
By: Todd Hutton, MD