SALISBURY, Md. - Over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression.
Community Behavioral Health in Salisbury is dedicated to helping a growing number of men and women suffering from depression.
Neurologist and Psychiatrist, Dr. Niru Jani, says depression is a psychological problem that has to be tackled head-on.
Dr. Jani says those who suffer from depression that it tends to affect global functions as it affects all of your domains.
He also states, "The neurochemicals that are responsible for depression are serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. So what happens to a person who is depressed their levels drop."
In many cases, medication is provided to increase those levels, but not many people can withstand those side effects.
And a machine at Community Behavioral Health called the "Brainsway" uses Transcranial magnetic stimulation, which allows stimulation to be very localized to increase those neurochemicals.
This FDA approved helmet is placed on your head for 20 minutes a day.
From there, this treatment is based on response, focusing on the movement of your thumb to see your best reaction. When the machine finds the perfect spot, it focuses on that position, in order to raise those neurochemical levels.
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Brainsway Deep TMS is indicated by the FDA for the treatment of depressive episodes in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, who failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from previous anti-depressant medication treatment in the current episode. FDA 510(k) No. K122288.
Patients should consult with their doctor before undergoing Deep TMS. The most common side effects include headaches and application site pain or discomfort. There is also a very rare risk of seizure associated with the treatment. Patients with metal in or around the head, such as in metal plates, implants and stents, should not undergo Deep TMS treatment.