15.3% of California residents are currently experiencing some form of depression. Overall, the United States is one of the most depressed countries in the world. There are public resources out there such as the “988” helpline that can be used in times of crisis. However, Californians need better access to depression treatment that can not only reduce their symptoms of depression, but also guide them into remission.
Here at A Better Way Psychiatry and TMS Clinic, we offer a number of resources to our community in hopes to improve access to knowledge and care for mental health conditions. Check out our free mental health calendar to access information about events, care for mental health issues, and prompts for self-care and affirmations.
TMS To Treat Depression
Many patients who seek out traditional forms of care for mental illness such as talk therapy and prescription medications are not responsive to treatment. These patients are considered “treatment resistant” and may need alternative forms of treatment to reduce their symptoms. As a non-invasive and drug-free depression treatment, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is oftentimes the preferred course of action to treat persistent depression.
TMS harnesses the power of magnetic fields to stimulate underperforming areas of the brain and overall improve brain activity. This process is not painful and occurs while the patient is fully awake. The great thing about TMS is that when patients complete a treatment session, there are no debilitating side effects that prevent them from going about their day as usual. TMS is extremely safe and non-systemic, meaning that no foreign objects or medications enter your body while undergoing this form of treatment. TMS may also be used in conjunction with your antidepressant medication if a mental health specialist recommends it.
Get Started With Our Mental Health Services
The most important part of entering an effective course of treatment for depression is finding a group of mental health professionals that are a good fit. We understand this, and offer free consultations to help our patients understand all of their options.
These initial appointments are a great way to ask any questions you may have about TMS and get to know our staff. They also allow our specialists to find the best positions for the coils used to administer TMS. Another option is to attend our TMS Open House every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m.