TMS Therapy Offers Novel Way To Treat Patients With Depression

San Antonio-based Genesis Behavioral Health provides an innovative technique known as TMS Therapy to curb symptoms of mental health disorders that impact one in three adults.

TMS therapy; Depression treatment; Non medication treatment for depression

Every year, millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness. According to public health researchers, in 2020, depression among adults in the United States tripled —rising from 8.5 percent to a staggering 27.8 percent. The latest research from the Boston University School of Public Health indicated the increased rate of depression persisted throughout 2021, with the latest numbers indicating a steady increase to 32.8 percent, or one in three adults in the U.S.

The astonishing figures show how common depression is and serve as a tool to highlight the need for improved mental care. In San Antonio, Dr. Ted Williams and Genesis Behavioral Health bridge the gap between depression and innovative treatment solutions with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS Therapy).

Genesis Puts The Patient Back in Control

It's estimated 10% - 30% of individuals suffering from depression are unlikely to experience improvement with medication. According to Genesis, through clinical trials, researchers found that two out of three patients responded to TMS Therapy or reported completely remitted depression symptoms a full 12 months post-treatment. That same group said that their mental health remained at the "same level they experienced at the end of the trial."

After being FDA-approved in 2008, TMS Therapy operates as a non-invasive treatment for depression using a device to target short pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate specific brain areas and improve their function.

TMS therapy; San Antonio
The team at Genesis Behavioral Health // Credit: Genesis Behavioral Health

"What we're doing is we are stimulating one area that taps into a network, and when 4,000 pulses are given per session, and 150,000 pulses are given over the course of treatment, you can see how the infrastructure of the network could begin to be rebuilt producing lasting changes," Dr. Ted Williams, founder of Genesis, said at TMS education Night hosted by Genesis.

Genesis utilizes traditional TMS and the newer "thetaburst TMS" approved by the FDA in 2018. The revamped form of the treatment requires fewer bursts and less time to be effective, which has experts hopeful they can treat depression in just minutes.

The course of treatment at Genesis is five times per week at roughly 37 minutes per session and will last four-six total weeks. Patients who have utilized TMS Therapy report it lends to an extended antidepressant effect, with only one in three needing to return for follow-up sessions.

"What we're trying to do is improve the functional connectivity of the networks of the brain."


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