At Atlas TMS, We Take A New Non-Invasive Approach To Depression Treatment

An initial consultation will be scheduled to discuss what is troubling you and whether TMS is an appropriate treatment. 

Why Dr Zawadzki Chose to Add TMS to His Practice

It became quite evident in the early stages of my career that some patients just would not respond adequately to the antidepressants that they had tried. Others would feel a bit better, but would not respond to a degree that they would like. Still others would experience intolerable side effects

This led to some patients suffering from anxiety and depression with few other options that were simply not medication based. Promises of novel antidepressants have been exciting, but slow to come to fruition.

TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) offered an opportunity for these patients to be treated without the usual burdens of endless medication trials. TMS directed treatment straight at the source – an area of the brain known to be underactive in depression.

In most cases, TMS focuses a beam of magnetic energy at a part of the brain called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPLC), forcing it to ‘wake up’ and begin functioning more normally once again. This is what helps the patients feel better. A series of treatments will focus this energy so that the brain re-learns how to activate normally, resulting in less depression and sensation of improved well-being.

Because there are no medications involved in TMS, it is particularly useful for those patients who have only a partial response to medications, or cannot take antidepressant medications for one reason or another.

Why Neurostar?

The original FDA approval trials for treatment-resistant depression were established on the Neurostar TMS machine. The Neurostar has demonstrated reliability and efficacy and is considered the “gold standard” in TMS treatment machines. For this reason, we use Neurostar in our practice.

Atlas TMS is currently in network with Humana, Tricare, Aetna, Cigna and United Healthcare. If we did not list your insurance rest assure, we work really hard at Atlas TMS, to obtain a single case agreement.
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Here’s what to expect from a NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) session

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Before Treatment

You’ll recline comfortably in the treatment chair. A small, curved magnetic coil will be positioned lightly on your head.

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During Treatment

NeuroStar delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain. You’ll hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head.
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After Treatment

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy: Depending on your doctor’s recommendation, each treatment takes between 19 and 37 minutes.

Testimonials

I was extremely satisfied with my experience at Atlas TMS! I was feeling at my worst, and I was looking for a non-invasive treatment for depression. I am very happy I found this office! Dr. Z was knowledgeable, actively listened to my concerns, and provided top quality care. Nicole, who facilitated my treatment, was supportive and very skilled at her position. I know having her with me throughout my treatment sessions helped optimize my healing. I would definitely recommend Atlas TMS if you are looking for an effective treatment for depression and a supportive and qualified team to help you get better.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is TMS Therapy covered by my insurance?
A number of health insurers have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS. Those insurers now cover TMS as part of their plans.
Is TMS Therapy a good alternative for patients who cannot tolerate the side effects of antidepressant medications?
TMS is a non invasive medical procedure that does not require medication to work. As such, it does not have the side effects most common with medications.
Is TMS Therapy like other alternative therapies that use magnets to treat some illnesses?
No. TMS uses a unique method of using short pulses of magnetic energy. This stimulates an area of the brain thought to regulate a person’s mood.