There are between 14-17% of people who will suffer an episode or more of clinical depression. For these sufferers it is often difficult to find a medication that works. Depression often does not respond to just one medication, and it can take some trial and error to find the correct combination. The time it takes to find relief can often be overwhelming for patients who are already in a great deal of anguish. For over half of those patients, no combination of medications and talk therapy will work. For those who have a chemical imbalance that is causing their symptoms, talk therapy may help, but it will not provide any true relief. These patients have what is known as TRD, or treatment resistant depression.
TMS Health Solutions has created a range of treatment options. They use traditional medications, and they have a team of physicians who have been working in the mental health field for decades. They are also focused on alternative treatment methods. TMS, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is their field of expertise. This treatment involves attaching an electromagnet over an area of the brain associated with mood regulation. It has been cleared by the FDA as a viable solution to depression. It requires no surgery, and patients are treated on an out-patient basis. Patients sit in a comfortable chair, and they can watch TV while the process is carried out. They can leave after the procedure, and they will be able to carry out normal tasks immediately. TMS does not have any of the side effects that medication can have. For very few people, it can feel slightly uncomfortable while it is in contact with the skin.
The facilities are overseen by Richard Bermudes, MD, and there are two locations in San Francisco and one in Sacramento and one in Walnut Creek. There is a team of highly qualified psychiatrists and a neurologist that work at all four locations.