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Brain Before and After TMS | A Journey Through TMS

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  • Tired of struggling with depression?
  • Have you tried 1 or more antidepressant that has not produced the desired results?
  • Tired of medication side effects (erectile dysfunction, weight gain, nausea, diarrhea, etc)?
Brain Before and After TMS | A Journey Through TMS

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We Know Because We Served

Bright Futures Psychiatry is 100% veteran-owned and is proud to serve our military community. We have a unique perspective and understand the difficulties associated with military service- for service members, their families, and veterans.

Bright Futures Psychiatry has been treating TRICARE families with TMS since 2018, but our staff has been delivering TMS since 2013. We have a different level of appreciation because we know what it means to have served our country.

We are excited to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to our clients. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure we offer at our outpatient clinic in Colorado Springs. TMS was FDA cleared in 2008 to treat Major Depression, specifically treatment-resistant depression.

How Does TMS Work?

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Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS or TMS)

Simply put, TMS treats depression using electromagnetic pulses to increase the activity of neurons to treat the symptoms of depression. During a TMS session, an electromagnetic coil is placed against your scalp near the left side of the forehead (Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex or DLFPC). The electromagnet delivers magnetic pulses that stimulate the nerve cells in the region of your brain involved in mood control and depression also known as the limbic system. By focusing treatment directly to the beginning of the limbic system we are able to increase activity throughout the entire limbic system which in turn has been found to ease depression symptoms and improve mood.

Why should I consider TMS as a treatment option?

  1. TMS is non-invasive and has minimal side effects, especially when compared to medications. TMS targets a specific area of the brain to produce results (i.e. increase serotonin in the brain to alleviate depression), where medication (antidepressants) increases the serotonin in the gut (which can cause stomach upset) before the serotonin reaches the brain (where it’s needed to improve symptoms of depression)
  2. TMS produces better results than medication
  3. Most commercial insurances cover TMS treatment for depression
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Depression is a treatable condition, but for some people, standard treatments aren't effective.

What’s Best About TMS?

  • There’s no anesthesia required
  • You can drive to the clinic, receive TMS, and drive away (no recovery period)
  • TRICARE will cover TMS
  • Schedule TMS consult for full details on TMS

Treatment requires 5 days a week for 4 – 6 weeks and takes approximately 30 minutes of your time beginning to end. This is a small investment into possibly being pulled out of a major depression.

TMS Outcomes:

If rTMS works for you, your depression symptoms may improve or go away completely. Symptom relief may take a few weeks of treatment. Here are some details regarding the larger studies regarding TMS response and remission rates:

  •  A multisite study of 307 patients
  •  Average failure of 2.5 adequate medication trials
  •   58% responded: meaning their depression symptoms improved
  •  37.1% of patients went into remission: meaning they were in essence depression-free.

Carpenter, L et al. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Major Depression: A multisite, naturalistic, observational study of acute treatment outcomes in clinical practice (2012)

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