Those suffering from depression who have not found adequate relief with existing treatments now may be treated with Transmagnetic Cranial Stimulation (TMS).
Dr. Jeffrey Apter, a nationally renowned depression and Alzheimer’s specialist, is making this newly approved FDA treatment for depression available at Princeton Medical Institute. He has published numerous articles about depression and Alzheimer’s, is on the New Jersey Alzheimer’s Assocation’s Science Advisory Board and is a senior attending physician at the University Medical Center at Princeton.
TMS is indicated for patients who have tried antidepressants, augmentation strategies, other medications and "talk therapy" treatments without success, as well as those who are not satisfied with the results of these treatments. According to Dr. Apter, TMS emits the same amount of energy as a standard MRI.
"NeuroStar TMS Therapy® consists of daily treatments over four to six weeks, which last approximately 30-45 minutes," he explained. "Patients remain awake, need no anesthesia, and experience no discomfort. Patients can resume daily activities and may drive immediately after treatment."
TMS is a short, outpatient procedure that uses pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells within the area of the brain thought to control mood. Each treatment course is individualized depending upon the patient’s symptomotology and response.
"Approximately 14 million U.S. adults suffer from major depressive disorder; only just over half are correctly diagnosed," he said. "Of those treated, less than half have felt their treatment is adequate. That leaves millions inadequately served. We’ve selected this treatment because many patients cannot tolerate antidepressants or may choose not to take antidepressants; many of our patients have been able to reduce or come off medication following a course of TMS."
Dr. Apter also notes women trying to conceive generally are leery of taking antidepressants, making TMS a good treatment for pre- and post-partum depression.
And although, like many treatments, it’s not FDA-approved during pregnancy, TMS is another option pregnant women may consider when evaluating ways to combat depression.
As a public service Princeton Medical Institute offers free depression and memory screenings. For more information call 609-921-6050 or learn more on the Web at www.gminstitutes.com or www.princetontmsinstitute.com.
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