TMS Therapy for Anxious Depression in Beverly Hills, Glendale, and Long Beach

Many people with depression also deal with a significant amount of anxiety. When this happens, the diagnosis is anxious depression. Unwanted changes in your brain cause both depression and anxiety. For unknown reasons, nerve synapses (connections) in your brain stop functioning correctly. If the areas in your brain that control your mood have more than one malfunctioning area, you will have a combination of symptoms, such as anxious depression.

Patients with anxious depression may experience a higher degree of severe depression symptoms. When you are dealing with both depression and anxiety, it is not unusual to have a decreased quality of life with a higher level of functional impairment and worse treatment outcomes if compared to those with only one or the other of those two diseases.

Sometimes, it is easy to treat both anxiety and depression with one medication, but most times, it is not. When medications and talk therapy are not giving enough relief, you may be unsure if there is any way to bring your mood back to normal. NeuroStar® TMS therapy for anxious depression in Beverly Hills, Glendale, and Long Beach could be the treatment you need.

What Is TMS Therapy?

TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. NeuroStar Advanced TMS therapy uses rapidly changing magnetic fields to create tiny zones of electrical activity to reawaken nerves and synapses. Synapses (connections) between nerve cells that are underactive or nonfunctional may cause mood changes. As those synapses return to normal function, your symptoms will improve.

Does TMS Therapy Work for Anxious Depression?

NeuroStar maintains a continuous database of TMS treatment results. It contains data from over 1000 treatment centers worldwide. Recently, results from the treatment of 664 anxious depression patients showed a 65.5 percent clinically meaningful response. More than half of the patients felt significantly better after receiving a full cycle of NeuroStar TMS treatments. Currently, patients turning to TMS treatment for anxious depression in Beverly Hills, Glendale, and Long Beach have routinely failed other forms of treatment, so the actual success rate when patients who have not received any form of treatment are finally added in is expected to be even higher.

Is TMS Therapy Safe? What Are the Side Effects?

NeuroStar TMS was first FDA-approved for the treatment of depression in 2018. Four years later, TMS was FDA-cleared for treatment of anxiety in patients with major depression. Since then, new quicker protocols have been cleared by the FDA as well as the use of TMS to treat depression in adolescents.

TMS is aimed at only a small part of the brain, unlike electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which stimulates the entire brain. The magnetic pulses do not travel through the body like medication. These two factors explain why side effects are minimal when receiving TMS therapy. The risk of a seizure is the same as having a seizure while on antidepressant medications.

During a treatment you may feel tapping, tingling, or a warm sensation where the device is held over your head. As your brain gets used to the treatments, these side effects decrease and disappear. You are completely awake and alert during a treatment. The clicking from the device working can be disturbing, so we provide earplugs.

After a treatment session, you should not experience memory loss or confusion. You are fully able to drive yourself home and resume your daily activities. Some patients have noted difficulty concentrating during treatment, but this problem disappears rapidly after the session is over. If you develop a mild headache, acetaminophen or ibuprofen will take care of it.

What Are TMS Treatments Like?

Your TMS treatments for anxious depression in Beverly Hills, Glendale, and Long Beach are done in our office in a comfortable chair. Treatment sessions routinely take 20 to 40 minutes. You will need to be seen every weekday for a treatment session for four to six weeks. All patients are awake and fully alert during treatment. No anesthesia is needed. You can read, listen to music, or take a nap. Once done, you can return home.

Talk With a Doctor About TMS Therapy for Anxious Depression in Beverly Hills

When medications and talk therapy are not helping your anxiety and depression, you need to see what NeuroStar TMS therapy for anxious depression in Beverly Hills, Glendale, and Long Beach can do. Make an appointment soon to start your journey toward better mental health.

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is only available by prescription. A doctor can help decide if NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is right for you. Patients’ results may vary.

The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System is indicated for the treatment of depressive episodes and for decreasing anxiety symptoms for those who may exhibit comorbid anxiety symptoms in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and who failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from previous antidepressant medication treatment in the current episode.

The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy system is intended to be used as an adjunct for the treatment of adult patients suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

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Important Safety Information

The most common side effect is pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site. These events are transient; they occur during the TMS treatment course and do not occur for most patients after the first week of treatment. There is a rare risk of seizure associated with the use of TMS therapy (<0.1% per patient).

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy should not be used with patients who have non-removable conductive metal in or near the head. NeuroStar Advanced Therapy has not been studied in patients who have not received prior antidepressant treatment.