Depression

BrainStim Centers, Inc. -  - TMS Specialist

BrainStim Centers, Inc.

TMS Specialist located in Encino, CA & Valencia, CA

TMS uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the nerves in your brain, releasing serotonin. This can improve your mood and bost your sense of self Depression is a serious mental health disorder that pervades your thoughts, mood, and behavior and affects your physical health. The compassionate team at BrainStim Centers, Inc. in Encino and Valencia, California, have helped many people with depression. They offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a treatment with a history of successfully treating depression. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Depression Q&A

What symptoms occur during depression?

Many people think that depression and the everyday blues are the same, but they’re not. The blues are minor compared to the depth of depression. The blues also go away on their own, while depression seldom improves without treatment.

When you’re depressed, you feel sad or lose interest in the activities you typically enjoy. You will also experience symptoms such as:

  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Excessive sleepiness or insomnia
  • Restlessness or agitation
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If you have these symptoms and they have persisted over a long period of time, contact the team at BrainStim Centers, Inc. to see if you are a candidate for TMS treatment.

How is depression treated?

Depression is initially treated with antidepressants, psychotherapy, or in many cases both. The team at BrainStim Centers, Inc. uses Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treating patients who have tried other types of psychotherapy methods that were unsuccessful.
 

How does TMS work for depression?

When depressed, specific areas of your brain are underactive. TMS uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the nerves in the brain. Boosting nerve activity leads to an increase in neurotransmitters, which in turn can alleviate depression.

The team at BrainStim Centers, Inc. performs TMS therapy using Nexstim SmartFocus® TMS technology. The Nexstim system is able to precisely locate the underactive areas of the brain using a 3D image.

During your treatment, the Nexstim device directs the magnetic pulses so they only affect the targeted area. Since your information is programmed into the Nexstim, you can be sure that every session consistently treats the same area.

What should I expect during TMS sessions?

While relaxing in the Nexstim chair, a tracker will be placed on your forehead. This is removed after the treatment, and no adhesives are used. The tracker engages with the system so the equipment and computer can pinpoint the exact location for sending the pulsations. 

The device will be placed near your head and will send out the magnetic pulses. 

Each session time will vary. However, the first session typically takes around 45 minutes to load the MRI and conduct the brain navigation. This data will be saved in the computer and subsequent visits typically take 20 minutes from start to finish. Since TMS doesn't negatively impact your cognitive abilities, you can expect to go back to your daily routine.

The best results are seen when having 5 sessions per week for a six week period. Throughout your treatment process, you will have periodic assessments with your TMS Technician to evaluate your overall mood, energy, and progress.

To learn more about TMS, call BrainStim Centers, Inc. or book an appointment online today.

 

*** Treatments including but not limited to TMS treatment for depression are designed to help improve cognitive function. Individual results may vary.