Major Depressive Disorder and TMS
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a disabling condition that is characterized by a pervasive and persistent low mood that is accompanied by low self-esteem and by a loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. MDD adversely affects a person’s family, personal, work, or school life, interferes with sleeping and eating habits, and in most cases a person’s overall health. This severe form of depression is typically treated with antidepressant medications and counseling, but for some people, even these treatments fail. This is known as treatment-resistant Major Depressive Disorder and for which Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) may be an effective treatment option.
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses short pulses of a magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. It works by stimulating areas of the brain that are underactive in patients diagnosed with this severe depression. This treatment option can provide durable benefits to patients who are not satisfied with the results of standard drug therapy without the side effects often associated with a medication.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy
The neurologists at Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles, who have been working with TMS for years, have recently incorporated the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System into their practice. The NeuroStar TMS Therapy System is the first TMS device cleared by the FDA to treat patients with MDD who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment. This TMS Therapy offers patients an effective treatment for MDD that has been shown to improve depressive symptoms and has demonstrated long-lasting durable effects, including full remission from MDD.
Emerging TMS Applications
Some studies have examined the use of TMS therapy for treating disorders other than depression. These studies have shown positive results for cognitive function in stroke patients, increased memory, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)and pelvic pain. There are also numerous clinical trials investigating TMS therapy underway to assess TMS in the treatment of conditions ranging from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Tinnitus to therapy in stroke rehabilitation.
TMS Therapy Treatment
All of the neurologists at Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles are all highly trained NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Providers and treat patients with severe depression using the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System. To find out if you are a candidate for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy contact our office to make an appointment 310-829-5968.