Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States. While it is a treatable condition, some people struggle with depression that cannot be helped by standard treatments like medications and psychotherapy. That's where a new, noninvasive, in-office treatment could help. Y. Pritham Raj, MD, Medical Director of the Emotional Wellness Center at Adventist Health Portland joined us, along with his patient Felicia, to share how Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can cause remission of depression or drastically reduce its symptoms.
TMS is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. During a TMS session, an electromagnetic coil is placed against your scalp near your forehead. The electromagnet painlessly delivers a magnetic pulse that stimulates nerve cells in the region of your brain involved in mood control and depression. It's thought to activate regions of the brain that have decreased activity in depression.
For more information or to book an appointment, call the Emotional Wellness Center at 503-261-5953 or visit the website.
This segment sponsored by Adventist Health Portland.