In addition to our clinical programs, Psychiatric Solutions keeps abreast of the latest trends in medicine and science so that we can provide the most forward-thinking services and treatments, which include:
TMS is one of the most innovative new therapies for treating depression, including patients with long-standing chronic depression. It’s especially effective for individuals whose condition does not improve by taking anti-depressants, or who cannot tolerate the side effects of anti-depressants and therefore cannot take them.
Our patients often describe the effects of TMS as “cloud lifting.” This treatment can be so successful that some patients are able to reduce or stop taking their medication altogether.
How TMS Actually Works
Just like the name indicates, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation works by using an electromagnetic field to affect the part of your brain that regulates mood. As a comparison, an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine uses a similar technology.
Our TMS machine emits short pulses of this magnetic field to the brain’s prefrontal cortex. This stimulation causes the brain cells to change, improving symptoms of depression. The patient stays awake throughout the procedure, and can return to regular activities immediately afterward. Most treatments are less than 40 minutes long, and are usually given daily for about 6 weeks.
Patients who need support in managing their prescribed medications on an ongoing basis can meet with one of our dedicated psychiatrists or nurse practitioners. Appointments with psychiatrists typically occur monthly, and patients meet with their provider for approximately 30 minutes.
You can refer a patient to one of our providers for medication management by contacting via phone, fax, or our online referral form.