TMS Therapy Providers located in San Diego, CA
Antidepressant medications fail to help 30-50% of all adults diagnosed with clinical depression. If depression doesn’t improve with medication, or patients simply need help with depression, the team at MindSet in San Diego, California, can help. They offer one of today’s most effective treatments for depression: personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS®). To learn how PrTMS® can improve mood, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Depression Q & A
What symptoms indicate I have major depression?
Sometimes it’s hard to know when to get help for depression. It’s common to wonder if you have a severe case of the blues or figure that symptoms will improve before long. The problem with waiting is that major depression affects the body, mind, emotions, and energy, and it seldom improves on its own.
Ongoing depression increases the risk of becoming physically ill and makes people more susceptible to alcohol and drug overuse. If patients have one or more of the following symptoms for two weeks or longer, they should consider calling the team at MindSet:
- Depressed mood nearly every day
- Loss of interest in most activities
- Weight gain or unplanned weight loss
- Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
- Insomnia or getting excessive sleep
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Difficulty thinking or concentrating
- Feeling restless or like you’re moving slowly
If you have thoughts of death or committing suicide, protect your health and seek help for your depression.
How are brainwaves associated with depression?
Psychological experts have known for years that specific areas of the brain are associated with emotions and mood. They also know that when someone is depressed, their brainwaves are different compared to the brainwaves of people who aren’t depressed. Researchers recently identified abnormal brainwaves that may predict the onset of depression.
Brainwave activity is determined by nerve activity in the brain, so when brainwaves are different, it means nerves aren’t firing the way they should to sustain mood. The team at MindSet can improve depression using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to change brainwaves.
What is PrTMS?
PrTMS uses TMS to treat depression but significantly improves on the procedure by personalizing therapy to meet the brain’s unique brainwave pattern. Our team at MindSet has developed three steps to optimize PrTMS results.
For the first step, they map brainwave activity using an electroencephalogram (EEG). Using our AI program, we can produce an accurate image of the brain’s electrical activity, allowing us to identify brain arrhythmias.
For the second step, patients complete a questionnaire that identifies symptoms, giving the team a comprehensive analysis of mental health and enabling them to target the precise brain areas that are associated with a patient’s particular challenges.
Finally, the EEG data and self-reported symptoms are evaluated by their innovative AI software. This advanced program produces the information needed to develop a customized PrTMS therapy protocol for each unique brain mapping.
What should I expect during PrTMS treatment?
Your treatment will consist of five sessions every week for 6-8 weeks. The sessions only take about 30 minutes, and when they’re over, patients can get back to normal daily activities.
Throughout treatment, patients have additional EEGs to evaluate progress and refine the PrTMS therapy. This ongoing evaluation gives the team at MindSet the ability to use the lowest possible TMS intensity to achieve optimal results.
Most patients at MindSet experience an improvement in their depression symptoms within several weeks of when their PrTMS treatments begin. Though not as common, patients may notice results within a few days.
If you or someone you know struggles with depression and especially if the symptoms don’t respond to conventional treatments, PrTMS can help. To schedule an appointment please don’t hesitate to give us a call.