CenterPointe Hospital Offers TMS Therapy: A New Hope for Patients Diagnosed with Depression
By Satish R. Kulkarni, MD
As depression rates in the United States (10 percent of adult Americans) and worldwide are increasing, it’s a certainty that you know someone — or many individuals — diagnosed with clinical depression. Many who seek medical treatment are helped by today’s wide array of antidepressant medications, but those who experience minimal relief with medications find the side effects too problematic to continue pharmacological treatment. Unfortunately, an estimated 25 percent experience no symptomatic relief, despite trying multiple medications.
For those who have unsuccessfully battled depression while being treated with the most commonly prescribed medications, CenterPointe Hospital offers hope in a noninvasive, advanced technology that may provide relief for individuals whose depression has not yet been effectively treated.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulations (TMS)
TMS uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain and improve symptoms of depression. As an area leader in behavioral health treatments and services, CenterPointe Hospital provides TMS therapy to its continuum of treatment options for depression. The FDA-approved therapy is designed to help depressed individuals who have not achieved relief thru pharmacotherapy return to their routine activities and feel like themselves again. In some cases, individuals achieve full remission from their symptoms. Since CenterPointe initiated the therapy in October 2014, providers have observed marked improvement in their patients and they report many of their patients have achieved full remission.
TMS Therapy can benefit individuals who have some of the following symptoms:
• Depression symptoms have interfered with my daily life
• I am not satisfied with the results I get from my medications
• I have had worry about side effects from depression medications
• I have switched medications for depression due to side effects
• I am interested in a proven, non-drug therapy for depression
For a free consultation, more information or a referral, call CenterPointe’s referral line at 314-210-7508.
Satish R. Kulkarni, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice with PsychCare Consultants and also serves as Medical Director of the Progressive Partial Hospitalization Program. He provides rTMS therapy at CenterPointe Hospital’s St. Charles location. Dr. Kulkarni has completed the clinical training program and is authorized to provide rTMS therapy.
4801 Weldon Spring Parkway
St. Charles, MO 63304