We are proud to announce that, as of July of this year, our center has been providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for over five years! Emerald Psychiatry & TMS Center provides behavioral health services throughout the state of Ohio. We deliver crucial behavioral health services through both traditional in-person therapies and virtual, telepsychiatry (telehealth) treatments.
What is TMS?
For people who are unfamiliar with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS, this is a new medical technology that has produced promising results in the treatment of medication-resistant depression. TMS, also known as rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation), received FDA approval in October 2008. It is now seen as a valuable therapy for the treating Major Depressive Disorder.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive and non-systemic treatment that utilizes MRI strength magnetic pulses. These pulses work to stimulate areas of the brain known to be hypoactive in patients with depression. As a new treatment option, TMS is a highly successful therapy for Major Depressive Disorder for adult patients who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication.
While the American Psychiatric Association has stated that they would consider using TMS therapy after one failed trial of a first line antidepressant medication, most insurance companies require 2 or more failed trials of antidepressant medications prior to authorizing TMS therapy. Clinic studies show that the response rate to TMS therapy exceeds that of medication-based treatments.
As a newer treatment, TMS is non-systemic which means that it is not absorbed by the body as medications. There is no need to use sedation during a TMS treatment so there are almost no side effects. Since no anesthesia is needed, patients are awake and alert during the treatment.
This creates a very non-invasive treatment option for patients experiencing severe depression. Since there is no required use of anesthesia, individuals can quickly resume normal daily activities and more easily fit TMS treatments in their day-to-day schedule. Additional benefits include the fact that TMS therapy is non-addictive and has fewer side effects when compared to antidepressant medications.
In some instances, patients can experience light pain or headache near the area of treatment. However, in these cases patients can use an over-the-counter analgesic such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. Currently, most patient’s health insurance plans include coverage for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatments.
If there is a question as to whether TMS would be appropriate for you, we recommend scheduling an evaluation for TMS therapy to consider the options available to you.
Over the last five years Emerald Psychiatry & TMS Center has achieved the following noteworthy accomplishments:
- Since opening our practice 5 years ago, we have treated almost 400 patients with NeuroStar TMS Therapy.
- We have administered over 14,000 treatments.
- We are the leading NeuroStar TMS therapy provider in all of Ohio and the only Diamond Level Provider in the state. Our medical center earned this distinction level by performing 2400 or more treatments over a 12-month period.
- In 2020 alone, we administered 3,637 TMS treatments.
- We now have 2 TMS chairs, allowing us to see more patients while offering longer hours.
- We have expanded our medication management services and have 5 Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and 2 Physician’s Assistant, in addition to myself.
- We have now started a mental health IOP (Intensive Outpatient) group at our 495 Metro Place South location.
- We will be starting a Substance Abuse IOP (Intensive Outpatient) group at out NEW 50 Old Village Road location starting in August 2021.
Please reach out to us if you feel you could benefit from a course of TMS treatment, medication management, mental health IOP group or substance abuse IOP group.
We also love to hear success stories from past patients, so feel free to send us an email or drop us a line on one of our social media pages. We are truly grateful for our patients and the trust they place in us.
About Emerald Psychiatry & TMS Center:
We feel honored to provide effective and compassionate mental health treatments. Our staff works to understand the needs of their patients. Having our patients recover and feeling better is the primary mission for us here at Emerald Psychiatry & TMS Center. Our experienced behavioral health professionals work to create a customizable treatment approach that produces results.
Our center is located near Columbus, Ohio in the town of Dublin. For more information about Emerald Psychiatry’s behavioral health services and treatment options, email or call them. Their center’s main office number is (614) 580-6917.
Contributor: ABCS RCM