Depression

MindSet -  - Psychiatrist

MindSet

Psychiatrists & Neuroscientists located in San Diego, CA

Antidepressant medications fail to help 30-50% of all adults diagnosed with clinical depression. If depression doesn’t improve with medication, or patients simply need help with depression, the team at MindSet in San Diego, California, can help. They offer one of today’s most effective treatments for depression: personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS®). To learn how PrTMS® can improve mood, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What symptoms indicate I have major depression?

Sometimes it’s hard to know when to get help for depression. It’s common to wonder if you have a severe case of the blues or figure that symptoms will improve before long. The problem with waiting is that major depression affects the body, mind, emotions, and energy, and it seldom improves on its own.

Ongoing depression increases the risk of becoming physically ill and makes people more susceptible to alcohol and drug overuse. If patients have one or more of the following symptoms for two weeks or longer, they should consider calling the team at MindSet:

  • Depressed mood nearly every day
  • Loss of interest in most activities
  • Weight gain or unplanned weight loss
  • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
  • Insomnia or getting excessive sleep
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating
  • Feeling restless or like you’re moving slowly

If you have thoughts of death or committing suicide, protect your health and seek help for your depression.

How are brainwaves associated with depression?

Psychological experts have known for years that specific areas of the brain are associated with emotions and mood. They also know that when someone is depressed, their brainwaves are different compared to the brainwaves of people who aren’t depressed. Researchers recently identified abnormal brainwaves that may predict the onset of depression.

Brainwave activity is determined by nerve activity in the brain, so when brainwaves are different, it means nerves aren’t firing the way they should to sustain mood. The team at MindSet can improve depression using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to change brainwaves.

What is TMS?

TMS is a safe, noninvasive treatment that uses a magnetic field to stimulate electrical activity in the brain. The TMS device is placed near the head, then it sends magnetic pulses painlessly into the brain. The pulses boost activity in neurons and improve disrupted brainwaves.

As brain activity returns to normal, depression symptoms improve. TMS is such an effective treatment that it’s approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for treating major depression. It’s especially beneficial for treatment-resistant depression, which is when mood doesn’t improve while taking antidepressants.

What is PrTMS®?

As effective as TMS is for treating depression, PrTMS® is even better. This procedure developed by the team at MindSet improves results through their personalized approach. Standard TMS uses the same magnetic intensity for everyone and doesn’t stop to evaluate the real results showing improvement in the brainwaves.

These are the key features of PrTMS® that make a difference:

Brainwave analysis

Before PrTMS® treatment begins, the team at MindSet analyzes brainwave patterns using their PeakLogic ComfortScan™ EEG. They perform an electroencephalogram (EEG) without wires and get results in five minutes. An EEG is then used to map brainwave activity, highlighting abnormal patterns or brain arrhythmias.

Patient questionnaire

Patients complete a questionnaire that gives the team at MindSet information about their symptoms and provides an overview of mental health.

Data evaluation by PeakLogic Software

The brainwave map and symptom information are analyzed by the team’s leading-edge software. The results determine personalized treatment, including the magnetic intensity to use. Patients can receive the smallest level of magnetic stimulation during PrTMS®, yet still achieve the best results.

What should I expect during PrTMS® treatment?

During PrTMS® treatment, patients simply relax and sit still while the device emits magnetic pulses. The session lasts about 30 minutes, but expect initial treatment to be intensive. Patients get one session five days a week for 6-8 weeks. Most patients notice an improvement in their mood over the first few weeks, though some feel better in a few days.

If you struggle with depression, call MindSet or schedule an appointment online.