NeuroStar TMS Therapy

TMS Therapy stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy, and it is used to help treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). NeuroStar TMS Therapy is something we offer at our offices. Take a look into the lives of a few patients who have undergone TMS Therapy and how it has helped them.

If you are in the Wichita, Kansas area, and are interested in more information or would like to schedule a consult with one of our psychiatrists to see if TMS Therapy is the right option for you, please follow one of the links below.

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TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)

The National Institute of Mental Health states that there are an estimated 46.6 million people in the United States are living with a mental health disorder. Serious mental illnesses can make it difficult for some people to complete simple tasks at work, home, and in the community. When you hear someone say they are getting help with a mental illness like depression, usually the first thing anyone thinks about is they are seeing a therapist or taking antidepressants. What about those that do take the help, but it doesn’t get any better with either of those treatment options? That is called treatment-resistant depression, and it is very common.

Treatment-Resistant Disorders
It can be hard to accept the fact that other methods have not helped improve your depression. About one-third of adults with depression have a specific condition that does not improve with treatments like antidepressants and therapy alone. To be classified as treatment-resistant, a patient has to have not responded to two different antidepressants for roughly six weeks. This does not include other forms of treatment like talk therapy, holistic medicine, or non-invasive procedure. There are cases where psychiatrists might keep a patient on one medication for longer than six weeks to give it more time to work for certain people. It is also common for them to find a combination of drugs that work well together for a patient.

Why Treatment-Resistant Individuals Should Try TMS
Dealing with treatment-resistant depression can be exhausting and feel like you’re fighting a losing battle, which is why people often turn to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). It is a non-invasive procedure that delivers electromagnetic pulses to different parts of the brain that are responsible for mood control. In people with depression, certain regions of the brain have less activity than in a healthy brain. TMS is still a relatively new form of treatment within the last 30 years.

A Common NeuroStar TMS Advanced Therapy Chair

In a typical TMS treatment session, the electromagnetic coil is placed in the forehead region. The coil delivers a painless pulse to stimulate the nerve cells in different areas of the brain. All TMS does is activate those sections of the brain to allow it to release healthy neurotransmitters. The procedure is short, completely safe, and does not require the patient to be under anesthesia. The side effects are generally mild, including headaches or lightheadedness after treatment.

TMS Treatment With Affiliated Family Counselors
At Affiliated Family Counselors, we offer FDA-approved TMS treatments for people suffering from major depression. You will start the process by meeting with one of our psychiatrists to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. When you are approved, the doctor will recommend a daily treatment schedule that will usually last around 6-8 weeks. Our psychiatrist will also go over additional treatments that may work in conjunction with TMS. The procedures are done in either our N Webb or N Rock office, and we accept most major insurance plans.

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Myths People Believe About Depression

Today’s article was found on the website. In case you do not know, NeuroStar offers TMS Therapy, and you can visit their website for more information as well as request a consultation appointment with us if you are around the Wichita, Kansas area. Let’s get to the blog, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health, more than 17 million people in the US have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. We do have months and days set for awareness on different mental health issues, including depression, but it is something that should be talked about 365 days a year. We are going to be focusing on myths that people believe about depression and talk to you a little about NeuroStar TMS Therapy. 

Myth #1: “People with depression are not normal.”
Having depression does not make and individual abnormal or less of a person, crazy, or lazy, which are all common beliefs about mental illnesses. Openly talking about it does not mean they are seeking attention and is the first step in de-stigmatizing mental illness. Seventeen million people is a lot of people affected by this illness and shows you that depression does not discriminate, and you never know who is struggling with it.

Myth #2: “Depression is only triggered by sad or traumatic experiences.”
Depression is not always caused by one particular event. It is much more than a mood or feeling one gets, and they can’t just wish it away. We wish it were that easy. There are certainly things that can cause depression to get worse.

Myth #3: “Antidepressants and counseling works for everyone.”
Yes, you read that right. It is a common belief that antidepressants and counseling are a one size fits all treatment, but this is not the case. Everyone is different; therefore, everyone is going to respond differently to different medications and counseling.

Lastly, the article is about the experience of a NeuroStar recipient and how it has changed their life for the better. This is not to say that NeuroStar TMS Therapy is the right choice for everybody, and it is definitely not an easy process. I encourage all of you to look at some information about TMS Therapy on the NeuroStar website as well as talk to your loved ones who are struggling with depression and see if it is the right decision for them or you.

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NeuroStar TMS Results With Affiliated Family Counselors

In case you have not heard the buzz going around about NeuroStar TMS Treatments, TMS stands for Transcranial magnetic stimulation, which uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what’s used in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine. It is a non-invasive treatment that is done while the patient is awake and alert. NeuroStar TMS Therapy stimulates areas of the brain that are underactive in depression.

Don’t believe us? Here are some quotes from previous patients of ours that have given us permission to anonymously share their experience with NeurStar TMS Therapy at our office.

” Before TMS Treatments all I would think about was when can I go to bed. After receiving the NeuroStar TMS Therapy treatments I caught myself smiling while driving to my treatment sessions. I felt a lift off my body. The darkness wasn’t so overwhelming and I feel lighter.”

“Prior to the treatments I was lacking motivation to even get out of bed, everything was a struggle. After receiving the NeuroStar TMS Therapy treatments I feel a lot more hopeful. I’m nowhere near where I was emotionally when starting the treatments.”

“Before TMS Treatments I felt very depressed and anxious. I feel as though the treatments have improved my mood, sex drive, and energy level. I feel depressed / anxious far less frequently.”

“Before receiving treatment I felt very hopeless, down, and depressed. I was in bed A LOT. The treatments have given me hope and has helped my depression tremendously. I honestly feel like NeuroStar TMS Therapy Treatments have given me my life back.”