Depression is debilitating. It drains the enjoyment from everyday events, deteriorates relationships, and interferes with work. Although antidepressants help many people, often they don’t work, or cause intolerable side effects. Fortunately, there are proven, FDA-approved, and virtually side-effect free treatments for depression, even when medications have failed or are no longer an option.
Transcanial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has been in existence since 1985, FDA approved in 2008 for treatment of depression, and APA (American Psychiatric Association) recommended as well for treatment of depression. With multiple large trials proving its efficacy in randomized, blinded trials as well as open label studies, TMS has clearly demonstrated itself to be a novel treatment of depression that can augment or replace traditional medication management of depression.
The true advantage of TMS, however, is its relative absence of side effects, the most common side effect being a mild, temporary, treatable headache. As there is no actual pharmacologic agent that distributes throughout the body, the treatment is more precise, making it a great alternative for those who are very sensitive to medications. TMS is not for everyone, however. Consultation with one of our Psychiatrists, and ongoing evaluations are necessary to assure safe and effective use.
Treatments are provided in a comfortable, relaxing, and private suite. Typically, 20-30 treatments are required to obtain the full effect of TMS, each about 30-45 minutes in duration. During that time, patients can engage in therapy, meditation, or simple relaxation to gain further benefit from multiple treatment modalities, or if entertainment is preferred, patients can watch TV or movies on the big screen TV, listen to music, or read a book or magazine.
There is no need to change psychiatrists to obtain TMS treatments at Advanced Psychiatric Therapeutics. We are happy to consult with your current psychiatrist. However, if you do not have a psychiatrist, or would prefer to have us be the primary psychiatry treatment team, we would be happy to help. Please contact us to set up a confidential consultation to determine if TMS is right for you.
Please see our resources below for articles on TMS studies, news reports, and links. Also refer to our FAQs for more information about the treatment process.
Interview with Dr. Jeremy Roberts (of Advanced Psychiatric Therapeutics) on Oahu’s own Olelo TV Show “The Genie Show”. Genie Joseph interviewed Dr. Roberts in July of 2012 about the current state of TMS, and asked him to explain the treatment.
|Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdqI_bg955c||Part 2: http://youtu.be/p8FpBEX1SU4|
E Street TMS Feature Story by AARP featuring Dr. Morales, with whom Dr. Roberts trained under his guidance in Boston at McLean Hospital. The information is mostly current still, however, one pleasant development is that an increasing number of insurance companies are now covering TMS treatment at least in part.