Posted on: January 15, 2019 | Dr. Todd Thatcher Have you heard the news? There is a new, state-of-the-art Major Depressive Disorder treatment. This new treatment is called Brainsway DTMS, and you need to know about it. Highland Springs has over three years of experience with over one hundred patients using this cutting-edge technology. It’s time to spread the news about TMS therapy for depression. Why Would Someone Need Major Depressive Disorder Treatment? Major Depressive Disorder is the medical term to describe when someone feels depressed and loses the ability to lift themselves out of that depression by feeling pleasure. If the individual remains in this condition for a majority of 14 days, they are a candidate for a Major Depressive Disorder diagnosis. According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is a mood disorder that can cause a constant loss of interest and a feeling of sadness. While it can appear differently in each individual, Major Depressive Disorder can affect how you feel, think, and go about your daily life. Depression can disrupt your life with depressive episodes that can occur multiple times throughout your lifetime. These episodes can present symptoms throughout most of the day, every day that can make daily tasks extremely difficult to manage. Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder can include: Feelings of emptiness and sadness Sleeping too much or too little Changes in appetite Trouble concentrating, remembering things, or thinking in general In extreme cases, suicidal thoughts or tendencies Major Depressive Disorder is a significant personal and public health problem. The National Institute of Mental Health has reported some surprising statistics in the United States: 16.2 million (6.7%) adults had a major depressive episode in 2016 Approximately 8.5% of women experience major depression, which is about twice as much as men (4.8%) Only about 37% of adults with this problem get professional help The kind of professional help people get for depression depends greatly on the severity of the depression. Mild cases are best treated with psychotherapy. Moderate to severe cases are best treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medications. The landmark clinical trial Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) showed that about 60% of people with Major Depressive Disorder will respond to treatment with medication within one year and up to four different types of medication changes. This is great news if you’re one of the 33% who responds well to the first medication you try. However, it’s terrible news if you’re one of the 6% who responds to the last medication they try after nearly a year. This is a devastating reality if you or someone you care about is one of the 40% who doesn’t get any relief after one year. So, how can this group be helped? TMS Therapy for Depression Fortunately, there is hope for relief from Major Depressive Disorder. This relief can be found well before trying all the medications. This treatment is called Brainsway, which is deep TMS treatment (deep transcranial magnetic stimulation). Brainsway is a medical treatment approved by the FDA to treat Major Depressive Disorder after the failure of one medication. By using this TMS therapy for depression, you or your loved one can advance to next-level treatment sooner rather than later. How Does Brainsway DTMS Work? Brainsway is a non-invasive treatment that works by delivering a rapid succession of magnetic pulses to the left frontal part of your brain. This same-day, outpatient procedure delivers magnetic pulses which stimulate depressed neurons to activate and relieve symptoms of depression. Symptoms relieved include: Difficulty functioning in a daily routine Sleeplessness or excessive sleep Long-lasting sadness A change in appetite or weight Hopelessness or feelings of inadequacy This Major Depressive Disorder treatment only takes about 20-30 minutes, 5 days a week for 4 weeks. There are no driving restrictions and patients typically return directly to work or home to resume normal activities. TMS therapy for depression is used for patients aged 22-68 and begins producing results within the first 6-7 treatments. What to Expect After Your TMS Treatment One of the best parts of the Brainsway treatment is the non-invasive approach and lack of traditional side effects. Antidepressant medication is known for side effects such as: Nausea Weight gain Insomnia Sexual Dysfunction With our TMS therapy for depression, these traditional side effects are rarely present and our patients tend to report physical and emotional improvements throughout the treatment. As a non-invasive, outpatient treatment, Brainsway does not require anesthesia or hospitalization and does not cause long-term side effects, such as memory loss. This leads to an overall preference for Brainsway over the previously available options. International studies have shown impressive results, such as: 70% of patients experience at least a 50% reduction in symptoms 30% of those patients achieve a 90% reduction in symptoms With results like these, it’s no surprise that patients are choosing TMS treatment over other, traditional options. While Highland Springs specializes in Brainsway treatment, it’s important to note that this method may not work for everyone. We will happily consult with you to determine if our TMS therapy for depression is suitable for you. Schedule Your Consultation for Major Depressive Disorder Treatment Thanks to TMS therapy for depression, you don’t have to wait a day longer to receive the treatment you’ve been waiting for. If you or someone you care about is suffering from Major Depression Disorder that hasn’t resolved with medications, Highland Springs is here to help. Our knowledgeable office staff can assist you in pre-authorizing Brainsway treatment with your insurance provider, to ensure you get the help you’re seeking. If traditional treatments such as medication and psychotherapy are not bringing you enough relief from your Major Depressive Disorder, it may be time to seek an alternative treatment. Brainsway DTMS is here to help alleviate depression-related symptoms, and help you get back to your life. Make an appointment today for an evaluation and take your first steps to find happiness again. Call Today Dr. Todd ThatcherDr. Thatcher, DO, CRMO, works with the Valley Behavioral Health’s Director of Nursing providing supervision and oversight of medical operations for over 70 medical staff members and medical issues in over 70 clinics and facilities in Utah, Boise Idaho, and Phoenix Arizona. His major medical initiatives include telehealth, integrated care, medication-assisted treatment, and substance abuse services, forensics services, and seamless integration of jail/prison/mental health court & drug court/probation/parole services with behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, ValleyLab blood and urine drug testing, data analytics to drive better outcomes & computerized automation of standardized measurement tools, and Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation clinic.