A New Treatment for Depression

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Research Shows Current Depression Treatments Are Inadequate

For years, antidepressants have been the go-to solution for treatment, but over time they have proven to be less and less effective the longer patients rely on them. The Star*D Study was conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health in 2006 to assess the effectiveness of various depression treatments. The results showed that, if the first treatment method prescribed was ineffective, there was an even smaller chance that the next treatment would yield a successful outcome. It also revealed that the longer patients took antidepressant medication, the less it effective it became over time—even if it was taken exactly as prescribed.

Worse still, the side effects of the ineffectual medications ended up furthering depression for many patients until they decided to discontinue treatment altogether. With all of this information now made plainly available, mental health experts realized a new approach was needed.

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A New Kind of Depression Treatment

A major revelation from the STAR*D study was that the longer a patient’s depression treatment went on, the less likely it was that any treatments would prove useful. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), is a method of treatment that involves re-balancing brain chemicals without reliance on medication. Although TMS has been around since 1985, it is only in recent years that it has grown into a more mainstream approach to depression treatment.

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TMS therapy usually lasts up to 7 weeks, during which time patients are continuously evaluated to ensure the treatment is working. At TMS Neuro Solutions our physicians do not ascribe one form of treatment for all patients as this has proven to be an ineffective approach. Instead, we thoroughly assess a patient’s condition and side effects so that we can develop a customized treatment plan.

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  • Why Choose TMS Neuro Solutions?

    • Our proven therapy is safe, effective, and has a very high response rate.

    • We work with all insurance companies to ensure you receive the best care available.

    • We are the largest provider of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy in the state of Texas.

    • We offer comprehensive care from the most tenured physicians across the DFW Metroplex.