Get Depression Relief in Days, Not Weeks
Depression is a debilitating mental illness that affects 264 million people worldwide. While traditional treatments such as medication and therapy can be effective for some, about 60 percent of people who start medication for depression will have to try more than one medication before their symptoms go away. This process of trial and error can take weeks, months, or even longer to show positive results. For patients with severe or treatment-resistant depression, antidepressants may not work at all.
However, there is a newer treatment option that has proven efficacy in the treatment of depression over the course of a few days, not weeks — accelerated TMS.
If you’re looking for depression relief in the Washington, DC, area, read on to learn more about this innovative treatment so you can decide if it’s right for you.
What is Accelerated TMS?
aTMS, or accelerated transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a non-invasive treatment for depression that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. This stimulation can help regulate mood and reduce symptoms of depression.
Unlike traditional transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or Repetitive TMS (rTMS), which typically require daily sessions for several weeks, accelerated TMS (aTMS) involves multiple sessions per day over a shorter period of time, usually a few days to one week.
How Does Accelerated TMS Therapy Work to Treat Depression?
During an accelerated TMS treatment session, a small coil is placed on the patient’s head and delivers magnetic pulses to specific areas of the brain. These pulses stimulate nerve cells and increase the production of neurotransmitters.
Research indicates that depressed individuals often have disrupted neurotransmitter activity – including low levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters regulate mood, emotions, sleep, appetite, and cognitive functions like memory and concentration.
Depression arises in part from imbalances in these neurotransmitter systems, especially deficiencies in serotonin and norepinephrine activity. Many antidepressant medications aim to rectify this by increasing neurotransmitter levels or activity at nerve synapses. However, those with treatment-resistant depression are seeking innovative alternatives like aTMS.
By targeting specific areas of the brain, aTMS can help alleviate symptoms of depression by restoring balance and communication efficiency in neurotransmitter networks, particularly for serotonin and norepinephrine.
Is aTMS a Safe Form of Treating Depression?
Here at Washington Interventional Psychiatry, we utilize aTMS devices manufactured by MagVenture, given its FDA 510(k) clearance for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication. Additionally, numerous studies published by the National Institute of Health (NIH) confirm that accelerated TMS is safe and non-invasive. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation. The most common side effects reported are mild headaches and scalp discomfort, which typically subside after the first few sessions. Unlike medication, accelerated TMS does not have any cognitive side effects and does not require any medication adjustments.
Is it Right for You?
Accelerated TMS may be a good option if you have yet to find relief from traditional treatments or are looking for a faster solution to treat major depressive disorder. It is also a good option if you cannot tolerate medication or are looking for a non-invasive treatment option.
However, it is important to consult with a psychiatrist to determine if accelerated TMS brain stimulation is the right treatment plan for your specific case of depression.
Finding Accelerated TMS Near You
If you’re interested in trying accelerated TMS, it’s important to find a reputable and experienced psychiatrist near you. Be sure to read reviews and ask for recommendations from your primary care doctor or psychologist.
Once you have identified potential psychiatrists, schedule consultations to discuss your specific needs and ask any questions you may have. This is an opportunity to assess the psychiatrist’s expertise, approach to treatment, and overall compatibility. Consider asking about their protocols, success rates, potential side effects, and any additional services they offer to support your well-being.
Don’t let depression control your life any longer.
Discover the potential of accelerated TMS and take the first step toward consistent relief and improved quality of life.
About the Author: Dr. Navin Reddy, a Yale University School of Medicine-trained psychiatrist, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at George Washington and Howard University Hospitals. As a co-founder of Washington Interventional Psychiatry, he’s dedicated to transformative care. With expertise in complex cases, Dr. Reddy focuses on adults with challenging conditions, including hard-to-treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and substance addiction. Dr. Reddy is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
About Washington Interventional Psychiatry (WIP):
Washington Interventional Psychiatry is located at 4325 49th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20016. Our practice group is comprised of a dynamic team of seasoned clinicians who blend traditional medication strategies with evidence-based, rapid-acting treatments. From transformative options like Ketamine Intravenous Therapy, Esketamine Intranasal Therapy (Spravato), and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) to accelerated TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), our range of interventions is designed to complement or even replace conventional approaches. WIP isn’t just a clinic – it’s a beacon of hope for those seeking effective, rapid solutions to mental health challenges for adults and children. To learn more or to schedule a complimentary consultation, visit WIP’s website or call 202.525.5123.