Givens speaks on treating depression

This week we invited the owners of MOV Chamber member, the Counseling and Wellness Center, to take over our column to share news of a new treatment they provide for treating depression.

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Counseling & Wellness Center Brings Groundbreaking New Treatment for Depression

Stephen Givens and Michael Moore, CEOs of the Counseling and Wellness Centers (CWC), would like to introduce the latest advances in treatment to bring relief of depression symptoms to those who have tried other treatment modalities without success. Remarkable results of relief have been observed in patients who have struggled with depression for many years. CWC has joined with PsyCare Inc. from South Charleston, WV to now provide this groundbreaking treatment right here in Parkersburg.

The Depression Problem

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Methodological Summary and Definitions, depression was reported in over 17 million adults in the U.S. ranking as one of the most common mood disorders. Depression can be a debilitating disorder impacting a person’s ability to work, maintain relationships, and function in their everyday life. Depression is a very dangerous disorder, as it can lead to the increase of suicidal thoughts if not treated. According to the CDC there is a death by suicide every 12 minutes in the United States.

When a doctor observes a person experiencing symptoms of depression, they are encouraged to seek treatment from a mental health professional. Research has indicated that counseling along with medication has the highest treatment benefit. (Roth, et al., 1982) Although this combination of treatment has been successful for many, some individuals still seek relief from their depressive symptoms. Furthermore, patients may not receive adequate benefit from antidepressants and/or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them. This condition is often referred to as treatment resistant depression. In the early days of treatment, doctors were limited to refer patients to Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) or Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) to find relief. While these treatments may be effective and are still being used today, both modalities are invasive and can produce serious side effects. TMS is the answer for the depression problem without the harmful side effects.

What is TMS?

An alternative non-invasive therapy has been developed in recent years showing tremendous benefits for treatment resistant depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a form of therapy using electro-magnets similar to what one may find in an MRI. A magnetic field is safely focused on specific areas of the brain that are affected by depression. The magnetics are used to stimulate and increase levels of neurotransmitters resulting in increased brain activity.

TMS has been approved by the FDA for treatment of depression since 2008 and has continued to advance in its technology development. The machine at CWC is produced by Brainsway, which is the leader in TMS technology development.

What’s the Procedure?

It’s easy! The client simply sits in a comfortable chair and a helmet is placed upon their head for 20 minutes, letting the treatment work while the patient can read or surf the net. The patient does not feel anything! The only way a patient knows the treatment is in process is the pecking sound of the magnets, as stated before, is much like an MRI.

Treatments are given 5 days a week for 4 to 6 weeks. Treatment regimen is typically 20-30 sessions. Most start to notice improvement after 18-20 sessions. One of the great benefits of TMS is safety and side effect profile compared to other types of treatment. TMS can be used safely on pregnant and nursing mothers because there is no chemical or systemic involvement. TMS is one of the safest alternatives for treatment resistant depression.

It is recommended that TMS be used in conjunction with counseling. As the brain is activated through TMS, counseling helps a person focus on thoughts which support improved mood and consequently regain function and wellness.

What are the Results?

The results that are being seen at CWC are quite impressive. They mirror the results found in multiple studies that have been conducted on the benefits of TMS. Studies show that 70% of patients who complete TMS treatment report complete remission of symptoms. In addition, over 90% report significant improvement of symptoms. These are truly staggering numbers!

One patient reported struggling with depression for years and has tried thousands of dollars in medications, without any relief. After completing the TMS treatment, the patient stated that they had not felt this good since high school.

We at CWC are committed to helping people live the best version of their life. We have seen TMS help people who have survived some dark times. To see the light in their eyes again is one of the most rewarding parts of what we do. No one should have to suffer in the dark grip of depression if there is hope and relief available. We won’t want to leave any stone unturned in our commitment to the families in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

How can I get TMS?

TMS is indicated for individuals who are 18 years of age or older and have tried antidepressants in the past without relief. It is covered by Medicare as well as most insurances.

If you or someone you know could benefit from TMS, please call our office right away to get an appointment for an evaluation to see if TMS is right for you.

We can schedule a simple evaluation and you or your loved one could be on their way to the life they deserve. You can reach our office by calling 304-422-7300.

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Thank you, Stephen and Michael, for sharing this advancement with the readers!

The Counseling & Wellness Center is located at 936 Market Street, Parkersburg. You can also check out their website at www.counselingandwellnesscenter.com for more information.

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Stephen Givens, MA, LPC, NCC & Michael Moore, MEd, LPCC, CEOs of the Counseling and Wellness Centers.

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