TMS THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION
Non-Drug Treatment for Depression
What is your happiness worth?
Prairie View is the first behavioral health services provider in central Kansas to offer TMS Therapy. This cutting edge approach to treatment is another example of how Prairie View remains the leader in mental health treatment.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive, non-drug outpatient treatment option for those adults with major depressive disorder. If you have tried other depression treatments and felt they didn’t help you achieve the results you wanted, TMS may be an option to consider.
TMS Therapy is available by prescription only and delivered under supervision of a psychiatrist. Typically few side effects are reported. Throughout NeuroStar TMS Therapy studies, more than 10,000 active TMS treatments were safely performed with no reported systemic side effects commonly associated with antidepressant medications. The most common side effect associated with TMS Therapy is scalp pain or discomfort, generally mild to moderate. TMS Therapy can be administered to pregnant and postpartum women and is currently being tested in other states for treatment of Fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s disease.
TMS Therapy: How it Works
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is exclusively available in our Wichita Legacy Park office. During daily therapy sessions lasting 20 to 30 minutes, you are wide-awake in a comfortable chair similar to your dentist’s office. A small curved device, about the size of a cupped hand, rests over the left prefrontal cortex, delivering focused magnetic stimulation directly to the area of the brain thought to be involved with regulating mood. The magnetic field pulses of NeuroStar TMS Therapy are the same strength as those used in MRI machines.
Over a typical 4-6 week treatment period, in a randomized, controlled trial, patients treated with active NeuroStar TMS Therapy experienced an average reduction in their depression symptoms of 22.1 percent compared to a 9 percent average reduction of depression symptoms in patients receiving inactive treatment.
Are you thinking about referring a client for TMS therapy? Consider the following questions to help determine if TMS is right for your patient and if the treatment might be covered by insurance. Encourage your patient to share this information with Prairie View:
- Has the patient being referred for TMS been diagnosed with a Major Depression by either a psychiatrist or other physician?
- How long has the patient suffered from depression?
- Has the patient failed at least 4 different antidepressant trials? If so, which antidepressants?
- Has the patient’s depression impaired their ability to work or interact socially?
- Has the patient previously been given ECT or TMS for depression?
- Has the patient been in counseling or therapy for depression? If yes, for how long?
- If yes, were standardized ratings scales like the Beck Depression Inventory or PHQ-9 used?