TMS For Treatment Resistant Depression

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is constantly evolving as a mental health therapy and has been approved to treat a number of conditions, including depression and anxiety. According to the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 35% to 40% of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) are considered treatment-resistant. TMS for treatment-resistant depression is a great way for patients to get a more holistic and effective approach to treatment. TMS offers long-term relief from the debilitating symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions by utilizing magnetic pulses rather than prescription drugs that often cause side effects.

TMS is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for depression treatment and often is a great alternative to prescriptions for patients who experience common side effects and persistent symptoms. Treatment-resistant depression (also referred to as TRD) is described by Mayo Clinic as depression where standard treatments make little impact on a patient’s symptoms. They state, “ [Standard treatments] may not help much at all, or your symptoms may improve, only to keep coming back.”

TMS therapy treatment courses can last roughly 7 weeks long, however, each patient’s needs are different so treatment plans do vary. Studies have shown that roughly 50% to 60% of treatment-resistant depression patients will achieve clinical remission (with very low or absent symptom severity). The remaining percentage of patients, identified as “responders,” showed symptom severity reduction by at least 50%. 

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TMS Therapy In Southern California

All of Southern California needs and deserves access to the cutting-edge technology that goes into transcranial magnetic stimulation treatments. At A Better Way Psychiatry and TMS Clinics, we aim to provide our communities with knowledge and access to new mental health technologies. Not only do we aim to be a resource for individuals experiencing mental health challenges, but we also aim to be a support system for our patients. 

With a large number of TMS clinics scattered from Los Angeles to San Diego and everywhere in between, we are a trusted major provider of TMS to Californians. Our goal is to give all of our patients and community members the opportunity to learn about TMS in order to make informed decisions regarding what is best for their mental health. 

Because of this commitment, we offer all new patients who come to our clinics a free consultation appointment to speak with a mental health professional about the benefits of TMS. Free consultation appointments are the perfect opportunity to discuss your mental health concerns with a trusted healthcare professional and gather information about potential courses of treatment. 

College can be both an amazing time in your life in addition to being one of the most stressful. Being a young adult on your own for the first time with financial stress, big decisions to make, and a whole new group of people can be hard. The National Alliance on Mental Illnesses reports that 63% of college students experience overwhelming anxiety during college enrollment and during their higher education careers.

College campuses are diverse settings so some students find a support system, and some feel homesick and lonely and miss their old lives since it was familiar. In addition, the workload and extracurricular activities may be more intense. With all of that can come mental health challenges like stress, anxiety, depression, and more. It is important to not let these challenges overwhelm you and to find healthy coping mechanisms. Young people in college experiencing mental health challenges in school can lead to a dip in academic performance, substance abuse, and other negative habits. The best way to deal with these emotions is to take time for yourself and use daily mindful practices to improve your mental health. 

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