Detroit, MI, July 30, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Henry Ford Hospital has launched a new depression treatment which is as effective as current antidepressant medications taken by millions of Americans but without the medication side effects.
The new therapy stimulates the brain non-invasively, by delivering highly focused, MRI-strength magnetic pulses through a coil positioned on the person’s forehead.
Patients being treated with the therapy do not require anesthesia or sedation and remain awake and alert throughout the treatment. It is a 40-minute outpatient procedure and is typically administered daily for 4-6 weeks.
”The effect of the magnetic stimulation is to activate neural circuits believed to be important in the regulation of emotional behavior including depression and anxiety," says C. Edward Coffey M.D. , Henry Ford vice president, Behavioral Health Services.
“We believe this treatment will bring relief to those 18.8 million Americans suffering from one of the most common and difficult conditions in all of medicine,” says Dr. Coffey. “Patients should experience an improved quality of life with a treatment that has virtually no side effects.”
Common side effects of antidepressant medications often include weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, anxiety, and GI distress. Those treated with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) have only reported mild scalp pain or discomfort during the actual stimulation.
Henry Ford is the only provider in the Detroit metro area to offer the TMS Therapy, which was cleared by the FDA last year for the treatment of depressed patients who failed to receive adequate benefit from antidepressant medication.
Insurance doesn’t currently cover the cost of the treatments which is approximately $300 per session at Henry Ford.
To schedule an appointment with Henry Ford’s TMS Therapy clinic, call 313-874-6887.
Contact: Maria Seyrig