Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Specialist

Psychiatric Wellness Center

Psychiatrists located in Bakersfield, CA

No two people experience major depressive disorder in the same way. Oftentimes, treatments that work for one person won’t work for another. The team at Psychiatric Wellness Center in Bakersfield, California, offer a variety of treatment options that include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS is an evidence-based, noninvasive, drug-free treatment for depression. Call or schedule a consultation online today to find out if TMS can help with your depression.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Q & A


 

 

What is TMS?

TMS is an evidence-based, FDA-cleared treatment for depression that uses targeted magnetic fields to improve communication between the different mood centers in your brain.

While the exact causes of depression are unknown, studies show that people with depression have different brain chemistry and activity than those without depression. Your brain creates neurotransmitters that carry information through your brain. With depression, your neurotransmitters are depleted, which disrupts that communication.

How does TMS work?

Treatment for depression focuses on increasing the number of neurotransmitters. Neurons — the brain cells that create neurotransmitters — are electrochemical cells. With TMS treatment, your neurons are stimulated into producing more neurotransmitters with electromagnetic pulses instead of chemically with antidepressant medications.

The team at Psychiatric Wellness Center uses NeuroStar® equipment to deliver TMS treatment. The device includes an integrated treatment coil to send targeted stimulation to specific mood centers in your brain. As your neural pathways become more active, the increased communication triggers other mood centers deeper within your brain, starting a chain reaction of improved neural activity.

Who is a good candidate for TMS?

If you have major depressive disorder and have been experiencing symptoms for a year or longer, you may benefit from TMS. TMS is often used when other treatments like medications and electroconvulsive therapy have not been effective or if the associated side effects have been intolerable.

What happens during a TMS session?

During your TMS sessions, you relax in a comfortable treatment chair. Your doctor places the NeuroStar device against your scalp on the front left side of your head. At your first treatment, your doctor gradually increases the electromagnetic pulse until they reach your motor threshold. Each patient has a different motor threshold and this allows the doctor to customize treatment specifically for your needs.

Then, during your 37-minute session, the NeuroStar device releases pulses of electromagnetic waves at 30-second intervals. You feel a tapping sensation during the treatment. Once your session is complete, you can return to your normal daily activities. For optimal effectiveness, it’s recommended to have daily treatment for five days a week during a four-to-six week period.

TMS treatments are noninvasive and painless. You don’t need any anesthesia and are awake during your sessions. Some patients report having a headache briefly after their treatment, but that those headaches are preferable to the troubling side effects that some experience with antidepressant medications.

If you’re living with depression and want to know if TMS is right for you, call or schedule a consultation online today.

 Learn about NeuroStar by clicking here.

Insurance Information

At Psychiatric Wellness Center, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. At Psychiatric Wellness Center we are currently accepting Medicare insurances. At Psychiatric Wellness Center, we are currently accepting private insurances or self-pay. Please contact one of our offices (661-323-6410 or 661-431-1555) if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Adventist Health
Aetna PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Anthem Blue Cross PPO
Beacon Health Strategies
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield MHSA
Blue Shield of California PPO
CHAMPVA
Cigna
ComPsych
GEHA PPO
Great West Health Care
Kaiser Permanente PPO
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