Depression treatment in Pinellas: How magnetic fields can erase symptoms of depression

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at Health & Psychiatry in Pinellas County helps patients for whom drugs and therapy has not worked
(PR NewsChannel) / January 26, 2016 / CLEARWATER, Fla. 
Depression treatment Pinellas

“Jane” from Pinellas County, Fla. was depressed and felt helpless. She turned to Health & Psychiatry in Clearwater for help.

“Jane,” a 36-year-old mother of two from Pinellas County, seemed to have it all: a husband who loved her, a beautiful home near the beach and daughters who were kind-hearted and giving. Yet despite taking medications and undergoing psychotherapy, she still suffered severe depression and was in desperate need of depression treatment.

“I was stuck and drowning in depression,” says Jane, who did not want to use her real name for this story. “I needed help and felt like I could not continue like I was going.”

Her Pinellas psychiatrist, Dinar Sajan, MD, has a practice that specializes in depression treatment. For many of them, medication and psychotherapy are effective. But, because in Jane’s case meds and therapy didn’t work, Sajan recommended Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a treatment that uses a machine, and is available on site at Health and Psychiatry where Sajan practices.

With Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), magnetic fields stimulate nerve cells in the brain to treat symptoms of depression. It’s for patients just like Jane: those who need depression treatment but for whom medication and counseling has not worked though Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is also commonly used for patients who cannot tolerate medications.

Depression treatment in Pinellas: TMS in action

For each daily session, Jane sits in a specially designed treatment chair, much like the kind used in a dentist’s office. Because TMS uses magnetic pulses that produce a loud clicking sound like an MRI machine, she is required to wear earplugs.

“You don’t need any sedation or general anesthesia for TMS. Patients are aware as they’re being treated,” says Sajan, a graduate of the prestigious Northwestern Memorial’s Stone Institute of Psychiatry in Chicago. “There’s virtually no recovery time and patients can go on their normal activities.”

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That arrangement works out very well for Jane, who is a mother of 9 year old twin girls. She goes in for treatment while the twins are in school, and she’s able to pick them up in their school’s car line without missing a beat.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is based on the theory that many mental illnesses have been demonstrated to stem from the abnormal behavior of a particular region of the brain. The left side of the brain is the targeted area for TMS treatment because clinical studies of patients diagnosed with major depression have shown that the left side of the brain area is often the least active which results in low levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine and in need of stimulation.

“I finish treatments next week and I’ve seen an incredible change in myself,” says Jane, as she wipes away a tear. “My husband and kids see the change in me too. I feel good on the inside and outside. Finally.

“Now I am able to enjoy the life I should have been able to celebrate. It’s really so good.”


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