"Depression and anxiety can be debilitating. If your medications aren"t delivering the results you expect, it can be very frustrating. You may even feel like you have to live this way forever! But fortunately, you don"t have to.
The great news is that you have options beyond medication. The two main ways of treating TRD are Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), which requires a patient to be placed under anesthesia before shocking the brain to stimulate the mood center, or our preferred method, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a well-established, FDA cleared option for people suffering from treatment-resistant disorders such as OCD and Major Depressive Disorder. TMS uses magnetic pulses to stimulate a specific area in the brain in order to improve OCD symptoms in patients. It is non-invasive, requires no anesthesia, and is shock-free. It is an out-patient procedure with no systemic side effects. The treatment specifically targets the networks in the brain which are known to be particularly affected by OCD, including the deeper-lying structures.
How can TMS help with Depression?
People with depression have an underactive "mood center" in their brain. TMS is a non-invasive treatment that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the "mood center" and awakens that part of the brain so that new connections can be made. Treatment using TMS has a similar effect as many medications that are used to treat depression."