Clinical depression is a serious mental illness that debilitates over 350 million people worldwide. According the government website “https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml” the National Institute for Mental Health recommends depression treatments, even the most severe cases. Clinical depression is a mental illness and needs to be diagnosed by a professional. Symptoms vary from person to person, but generally result in clear mood changes. The neural pathways of the brain, involved with mood control, are under-stimulated. A FDA approved treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is one of those other options to be explored.
Approved in 2008 by the FDA, TMS is a fantastic approach to stabilizing mood in clinically depressed individuals. This technique is used widely at the Northern California based psychiatry services company, TMS Health Solutions. Founded by Dr. Richard Bermudes in 2007, the TMS therapy Burlingame team is passionate about helping patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD). TMS Health Solutions’ philosophy resonates with their logo, the butterfly. The butterfly representing the metamorphosis and growth of patients who receive appropriate therapy. Led by Dr. Richard Bermudes and Dr. Karl Lanocha, TMS Burlingame is changing how depression can be treated.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation effects the brain in a similar way to antidepressant medications, by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters within the synaptic gap between neurons. The major difference, however, is the stimulation happens at focused locations within the brain whilst avoiding the rest of the body. With a powerful magnetic field it induces an electric charge within the neuron itself. In other words, it wakes the neuron up so that it may release the neurotransmitters on its own. With antidepressant therapy, the patient is systemically affected by the medications. This systemic approach leads to a plethora of uncomfortable side effects, often resulting in the use of other medications to treat the side effects. TMS therapy Burlingame treatment is covered by most major insurance carriers. The procedure is outpatient and noninvasive. Patients come in, sit down, relax, and receive a short treatment. Patients can expect daily sessions ranging from 4 to 6 weeks. Each treatment caters to your needs as discussed between you and your psychiatrist.
TMS Health Solutions are located in Burlingame, El Dorado Hills, Oakland, Roseville, Sacramento, and San Francisco Ca. Contact information is located on their website at “http://tmshealthsolutions.com/contact-us/”.