Headquartered in California (TMS Therapy Oakland). TMS Health Solutions treats patients suffering from depression. Dr. Richard Bermudes established TMS Health Solutions in 2007.
Dr. Bermude’s vision was to create a patient-centric practice. TMS’ mission is to offer the latest treatment methods, engage in research, and further the public’s understanding of mental health.
TMS takes a team approach to treatment by working with the referring mental health professionals and general physicians. As part of the collaboration the MD, therapist, or psychiatrist provides TMS with the patient’s pertinent medical information.
This approach helps TMS understand what outcome the referring clinician expects from the treatment. Throughout the course of therapy, the patient’s healthcare professional is kept abreast of how their patient is responding to treatment.
When the patient’s therapy has concluded, the referring clinician receives a final report from TMS. The information contained in that report helps to guide its recipient in monitoring their patient post-treatment.
Sixteen million Americans suffer from the major depressive disorder (MDD). About 6.4 million of those have treatment-resistant depression (TRD). TRD describes depression that remains uncontrolled after the patient has tried two or more types of antidepressants. TMS specializes in treating TRD.
TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It is a procedure that is FDA approved for treating patients with MDD. TMS utilizes electromagnetic energy to stimulate the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is responsible for regulating moods and TMS works to restore it to normal levels of function.
TMS treatment takes a between 30 and 60 minutes each session. The patient undergoes treatment five days a week. A complete course of TMS therapy lasts 30 days.
The first treatment session consists of determining what area of the brain to focus on. A test is also conducted to determine how strong the magnetic field used to treat the patient should be.
During the session the patient remains fully alert. The only sensation they should feel is that similar to a tapping on their head.
Half of all patients show a reduction in their symptoms after TMS therapy and a third of all patients showed no symptoms of depression or were in “remission” after six weeks of treatment. It is important to note that the patients may have to continue to take medication alongside TMS treatment.