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Grace Health Services offers NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive, FDA-approved therapy for depression, OCD, and smoking cessation, showing potential in treating anxiety and PTSD.

Effective especially for treatment-resistant depression, TMS uses magnetic fields to stimulate brain cells. Treatment involves pain-free daily sessions over 4-6 weeks, with no lasting side effects.

How Does NeuroStar TMS Treatment Work at Grace Health Services.

​How Does NeuroStar TMS Treatment Work

NeuroStar TMS Treatment For Depression, Anxiety Disorders And PTSD.

Grace Health Services provides NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, an FDA-approved, non-invasive method for treating depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and assisting in smoking cessation, with promising applications for anxiety and PTSD.

Particularly beneficial for individuals with depression that has not responded to other treatments, TMS therapy employs magnetic fields to activate brain cells. This treatment includes daily sessions that are free from pain, spanning 4 to 6 weeks, and does not result in any enduring side effects.

​NeuroStar TMS Treatment For Depression, Anxiety Disorders And PTSD.

NeuroStar TMS and Major Depression

Many people with Major depression have less active brains in an area called the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain helps control how we feel and deal with pain. Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, or TMS, helps wake up the nerve cells in this area, making the brain more active.

When someone asks, "Does TMS really work?" it's good to know that a lot of research shows it can help treat depression, especially if other treatments haven't helped. About half of the people who haven't gotten better with other depression treatments feel better or even completely recover after trying TMS.

NeuroStar TMS and Anxiety Disorders

When someone is feeling depressed, their prefrontal cortex (a part of the brain that helps with feelings and pain) isn't as active as it should be. But with anxiety, it's a different story. People with anxiety have a part of their brain called the amygdala that's too active. So, in this case, the magnetic energy does not have to activate but slow down a particular brain region.

TMS works with low and high frequencies. To slow down brain activity, low-frequency magnetic pulses are used. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation treats anxiety by lowering nerve cells to normal activity levels.

​NeuroStar TMS and Anxiety Disorders

NeuroStar TMS and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

People with OCD often have parts of their brain working overtime, which causes them to repeat the same actions or thoughts again and again. rTMS therapy aims to calm these overly busy brain areas, helping to keep things in balance.

Besides treating OCD and anxiety, TMS therapy is also helpful for conditions like autism, PTSD, chronic pain, and more. These days, scientists are really seeing how useful NeuroStar  therapy can be, especially for conditions that don't respond well to regular medicines or talking therapies.

​NeuroStar TMS and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What To Expect During TMS Treatments

Before initiating a therapeutic strategy to address your emotional, mental, or physical challenges, it's crucial for us to grasp the current state of your mind and body. Some individuals approach us with a clear diagnosis, while others are uncertain about the root cause of their distress. Therefore, our initial step is to conduct a thorough evaluation.

The terms 'psychiatric' and 'psychological' evaluation often bring unease due to widespread stigmas and misconceptions. However, the purpose of starting your journey with either a psychiatric evaluation or a psychological assessment is to gain a deeper understanding of your specific needs.

What does this initial phase involve? We'll inquire about the symptoms you're experiencing, their duration, any previous treatments you've undertaken, and your aspirations for the future, including your dreams and objectives. Questions about previous diagnoses and your family's health history may also be part of the discussion.

We recognize that discussing personal aspects of your life can be daunting. Please know that we are committed to respecting your boundaries and will never pressure you to divulge information before you're ready. Our primary aim is to enhance your mental well-being and assist in managing your symptoms effectively.

With a comprehensive understanding of your mental, emotional, and physical condition, we will craft a customized TMS treatment plan designed to offer you sustained relief and improvement.

Benefits of TMS Therapy

  • It's a gentle treatment that doesn't involve surgery.

  • You won't need to stay in a hospital.

  • Research shows it hardly has any bad effects.

  • You can go to your sessions and drive yourself home.

  • You can keep doing your normal activities, like work or school, while getting treatment.

  • It also goes well with other therapies, like talking to a counselor.

Potential Side Effects of TMS Therapy

  • TMS Therapy often has few or no side effects.

  • Minor side effects might happen but usually disappear quickly after the treatment.

  • These minor side effects don't impact the effectiveness of the treatment.

Side Effects Of NeuroStar TMS Treatment

For People Who Are Very Sensitive:

  • Noise from the TMS machine may cause hearing issues for some.

  • Earplugs are provided to help prevent hearing problems.

  • Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.

  • Hearing issues typically improve soon after a TMS session.

  • No lasting side effects have been reported from this therapy.

Important Considerations for Specific Cases:

  • Pregnant individuals or those with a history of brain injury, seizures, or epilepsy should consult their TMS physician before treatment.

  • If you have metal implants (like electrodes, aneurysm clips, bullet fragments, deep brain stimulators) in the brain-head-neck area, inform your doctor.

  • Discuss your complete medical and mental health history, including all medications, with your TMS physician to ensure treatment suitability.

NeuroStar TMS Painless Treatment , FDA-Approved Therapy

FDA-Endorsed, Non-Invasive Treatment TMS stands out as a non-intrusive, FDA-sanctioned therapy, offering a more comfortable experience with fewer side effects compared to traditional antidepressants. During the session, you remain fully awake and can freely talk with your therapist. The FDA for the treatment of major depressive disorder, OCD, smoking cessation and anxiety symptoms in people with depression.

The magnetic waves used in TMS therapy penetrate just about two to three centimeters beneath the brain's surface, directly under the treatment coil. The pulses are focused to maximize effects on other brain areas connected to the area of stimulation, to have a larger therapeutic effect.

​NeuroStar TMS Painless Treatment , FDA-Approved Therapy

Drug-free Depression Treatment that Works For You

What to say:

Studies with more than 14,000 people who received NeuroStar treatments showed major improvements in reducing symptoms of depression. Moreover, most of these individuals completely got rid of their depression symptoms after finishing their recommended treatment plan.

What to know:

  • 83% of individuals who completed NeuroStar treatment saw a significant reduction in their depression symptoms.

  • 62% completely overcame their depression symptoms.

  • Some patients might have also been receiving other treatments for depression, such as medications, alongside their NeuroStar therapy.

Effectiveness of TMS in Treating Depression:

(TMS) has emerged as a highly effective treatment for depression, particularly in cases where traditional therapies have failed. Clinical studies, including those conducted by institutions like Stanford University, have demonstrated remarkable success rates.

For instance, an intensive form of TMS known as SAINT achieved remission in 79% of participants with severe depression, often within days of treatment. Moreover, about 78.6% of individuals with treatment-resistant depression responded positively to TMS, showcasing its potential as a lifesaver for those hardest hit by this condition.

Traditional TMS treatments also report significant improvement, with around half of the patients showing improvement and a third experiencing remission. These findings position TMS as a transformative option in the fight against depression, offering hope and relief to many who have struggled with conventional treatments.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at Grace Health Services offers a promising alternative for individuals struggling with depression, particularly for those who have not responded to other treatments. With its non-invasive nature and proven effectiveness, TMS is changing the landscape of depression treatment, offering hope and improved quality of life to many.

Let’s get you the care you deserve!

​Our certified providers at Grace Health Services in VA & D.C. are dedicated to understanding and treating a variety of mental health challenges. Drawing from both modern research and years of hands-on experience, we aim to provide nothing but the finest care from the moment of diagnosis.

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