Depression takes many forms, so no two people are affected by depression in exactly the same way. That’s why the Advanced TMS Center offers each patient an individually-designed depression treatment plan.
We begin with a comprehensive review of a patient’s medical history, current and prior medications, psychiatric history and response to prior treatment. It’s important to determine whether depression could be caused or affected by underlying medical conditions or other factors. If so, the medical conditions and other issues may need to be treated first.
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Our mental health practitioners offer compassionate and caring psychotherapy, also called "talk therapy,” to help find and treat the reasons for depression. We help patients learn new coping & communication skills, and how to resolve personal issues. This may sound simplistic at first glance, but not everyone is taught these life skills when growing up. Trauma and anxiety is also assessed and addressed. It may take more than a few psychotherapy sessions to see lasting results.
As part of our depression treatment, we also offer medication management, which can be a game changer for many people. Our goal is to match the right antidepressant with the right patient. Sometimes a depression treatment may include a combination of various medications. Our doctors are known for their conservative treatment approach—we strive to use the fewest medications at the lowest possible doses.
To save our patients time and money, and to make treatment easier, we offer genetic testing (cheek swab) to help narrow down which medication(s) will be the most effective. This report is covered by most insurance, and can also warn which medications may have more side effects or unexpected effects. Genetic testing is important because inherited traits can play a role in how antidepressants affect patients.
Genetic testing checks can help pinpoint how your body may respond to medication. With this “personalized medicine,” approach, the number of trials of medications necessary to treat depression can be much reduced.
We also recommend any lifestyle changes that could help your depression such as regular exercise, avoiding illness & excessive alcohol use, healthy eating and more.
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Sometimes standard treatments (medications and talk therapy) aren't effective enough. That’s why we offer TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for patient who don’t response to one or more typical treatments.
TMS uses repetitive magnetic pulses to painlessly and gently stimulate brain areas showing decreased activity during depression. TMS is done in the office and is nearly always covered by insurance TMS is not like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and doesn't cause seizures. The FDA has cleared this safe treatment for patients and it is considered essential medial treatment.
For help with depression, please call us at 949-768-2988. We are here to work with you at your pace, and help you live the life you deserve.