TMS Health Solutions is a California-based provider of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation founded in 2007. The company is a leading outpatient psychiatry group practice which focuses on freeing patients from the burden of mental illness. Dr. Richard Bermudes, the company’s Chief Medical Officer, is the first to offer TMS in the Sacramento area, back in 2010. TMS Health Solutions’ approach to patients who are suffering from depression sets them apart from other such medical professionals, especially when dealing with patients who suffer from TRD (or treatment resistant depression – approximately 40% of adults who get diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder are not responding to medication and thus develop TRD).
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation was approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is changing the way medics and patients are approaching clinical depression. Patients who suffer from depression have been found to have irregularities in the brain circuit functions, in the prefrontal cortex specifically – which is the part of the rain that is responsible with regulating moods, and is underactive in people who suffer from clinical depression. The innovative therapy targets those brain circuit irregularities via electromagnetic stimulation. Certain anti-depression medication can produce the same effect chemically that TMS produces, but one of the benefits is that this form of therapy has little to no side effects. (#1 Minimal Side Effects.)
While the name might sound intimidating and some patients might feel uneasy about the idea of stimulating their brains using electromagnets, this innovative therapy is non-invasive, which means it requires no anesthesia and no sedation. During the 30 to 60-minute sessions, patients can fall asleep on their own. During the sessions, they will be experiencing a tingling on the left side of their scalp as electromagnetic pulses are stimulating the neurons in the prefrontal cortex. (#2 Non-invasive and pain free.)
As far the success rate goes, patients who used TMS therapy noticed relief from the symptoms that depression has, sometimes within one or two weeks after treatment. There are no guarantees of remissions, but based on patient results, this form of therapy is looking promising. 85% of patients experienced success with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation within just a year after starting treatment. Some of the patients reported that they are feeling more focus, sleeping better, and have more energy after treatment. (#3 Promising Results)
The company understands that when it comes to the road towards recovery, it is unique for every patient, the aim of TMS Health Solutions being to assist the patients with their goals regarding mental health. The usual course spans over 4 to 6 weeks, and it includes 30 to 36 sessions. Treatment over the course of several weeks stimulates the existing neural circuits, but at the same time it also encourages new neutral circuits to form, thus creating a lasting relief from depression for many patients. (#4 Lasting Relief)
The company is also responsible with putting a bigger spotlight on the issue of mental health. As mentioned in the beginning, Dr. Bermudes was the first one to offer this form of therapy in Sacramento in 2010, thus having experience when it comes to mental illness, and an understanding of the fact that it has to be treated seriously. He went on to establish TMS Health Solutions and in 2015 he was elected the organization’s president. In addition to Dr. Bermudes, another key figure is Dr. Karl Lanocha, who is one of the first physicians in the United States to use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in order to treat clinical depression and is responsible with directing the company’s educational efforts. TMS is an affordable therapeutic technique which shows life-changing results, and through their outreach program, TMS Health Solutions puts the spotlight on the importance of mental health and the TMS therapy. (#5 Putting the spotlight on the importance of mental health).