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The Real Pros and Cons of Ketamine Infusions Sep 15th, 2020

If you live with a major depressive disorder, you know just how challenging it can be to find a treatment plan that works well, continues to provide relief as time goes on, and doesn’t come with unwanted side effects.   At TMS & Brain Health, we know that traditional antidepressants and...

What Happens During a Neurofeedback Session? Sep 14th, 2020

Neurofeedback is a drug-free, reward-based training system that teaches your brain how to identify adverse brainwave patterns and replace them with balanced, beneficial brain activity patterns.  When your brain learns how to shift out of the dissonant activity patterns that contribute to a mental health disorder like anxiety or help...

How Anxiety and Depression Can Affect Your Physical Health Aug 13th, 2020

Hundreds of millions of people across the globe live with a chronic mental health disorder every day. The two most common mental health conditions — anxiety and depression — also happen to be among the leading causes of disability worldwide.   As the most prevalent form of mental illness in the...

How to Maintain Your Mental Health While Working from Home Aug 13th, 2020

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has transformed life as we know it, plunging virtually everyone into a “new normal” that’s redefined what it means to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe.  As part of that new normal, many people are working from home for the first time ever, and...

What to Consider When Choosing Between TMS Therapy and Ketamine Infusions Jul 29th, 2020

What to Consider When Choosing Between TMS Therapy and Ketamine Infusions Sometimes, the only thing harder than living with depression is treating it. For some, an antidepressant prescription is enough to rein in the adverse effects of an ongoing mood disorder. For others, those medications are not enough to knock...

How to Know if Your Depression Treatment Is Really Working Jul 27th, 2020

How to Know if Your Depression Treatment Is Really Working Major depressive disorder, also commonly called depression, is a debilitating mental illness that affects millions of people throughout the United States and the rest of the world. We call depression debilitating because it genuinely can be. Its symptoms include persistent...

What You Should Know About Supplementing Your Medication Routine with TMS Therapy Jul 22nd, 2020

What You Should Know About Supplementing Your Medication Routine with TMS Therapy With so many types of mental health treatment available today, people suffering from severe mood disorders such as depression and anxiety have a lot of options. But not everything works as well for one person as it does...

The Truth About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation For Bipolar Disorder Jul 16th, 2020

If you’re reading this, you’re probably somewhat familiar with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS Therapy). TMS was first FDA approved for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in 2008. Specifically, practitioners and insurance companies most utilized TMS for treatment-resistant depression, which is not clearly defined but generally refers to someone trying at least...

What are the Differences Between TMS and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)? Jul 13th, 2020

As mental health experts who specialize in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), the team at TMS & Brain Health in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California, answers questions about TMS, how it works, and who it can help.   One of the most frequent questions that patients have is how TMS compares...

How Frequently Should You Receive a Ketamine Infusion? Jul 13th, 2020

Living with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) can be extremely distressing, especially if you’ve spent a considerable amount of time exploring conventional treatment solutions, only to find that none of them really seem to provide adequate or lasting symptom relief for you.  For as isolating as it may feel, however, TRD is...

Finding the Right Dosage for the Esketamine Nasal Spray for Depression Jun 30th, 2020

When the FDA approved the fast-acting esketamine nasal spray Spravato™ in early 2019, it gave newfound hope to many people who struggle with treatment-resistant depression (TRD), or any major depressive disorder that hasn’t improved with traditional antidepressants.        As a fully certified ketamine clinic, TMS & Brain Health is committed to...

Where to Buy Esketamine Nasal Spray Now That Spravato is FDA-Approved Jun 16th, 2020

Major depression is a very common mental health disorder that affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, including more than 20 million adults and adolescents in the United States.  While depression is a highly treatable problem, it can take time and patience to find a protocol that delivers substantial, sustained...

How to Deal With Anxiety as You Grow Older Jun 8th, 2020

Anxiety is one of the most common illnesses among older adults, affecting 14 percent of the U.S. senior population, according to Mental Health America. There are many reasons why anxiety rates are high in older adults; the fear of developing various life-threatening illnesses, fear of falling, trouble sleeping, and side effects...

How Is COVID-19 Affecting People With OCD? Jun 4th, 2020

COVID-19 has had a knock-on affect on mental health across the globe. The World Health Organization reports that the sweeping pandemic “is inducing a considerable degree of fear, worry and concern in the population at large and among certain groups in particular.” These groups include people with anxiety and depression and those...

How Ketamine Benefits Cognitive Function May 29th, 2020

Depression is a major mood disorder that affects more than 264 million people across the globe and ranks as the leading cause of disability worldwide. Even more alarming, the problem seems to be steadily increasing among people of all ages, particularly teens and young adults.  Besides being seriously debilitating, major...

TMS Therapy Vs. Fisher Wallace May 26th, 2020

When persistent depression doesn’t improve with medication and psychotherapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy offers more than a glimmer of hope — it provides a highly effective lifeline to better mental health.   Given that TMS is so effective for addressing treatment-resistant depression, it’s not surprising that technology companies have made...

Is TMS Therapy Safe? Apr 28th, 2020

In the US, depression is the leading cause of disability for people aged 15 to 44. While many sufferers respond to the first-line treatments — antidepressants, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two —  almost two-thirds of patients don’t find adequate relief with these. The expert physicians at TMS &...

Can TMS Therapy Help Discontinuation Syndrome? Apr 26th, 2020

Sometimes side effects of antidepressants and antipsychotic medications aren’t experienced until a patient tries to discontinue use. These symptoms, which can range from nausea to dizziness, are known as discontinuation syndrome. The expert physicians at TMS & Brain Health in Santa Monica, California understand the problems created by discontinuation syndrome,...

How Long Has TMS Therapy Been Around? Mar 27th, 2020

As one of the most innovative offerings of psychiatry, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is often referred to as a new, game-changing treatment solution for clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, and other debilitating mental health conditions.  While TMS may qualify as the “new kid on the block” compared to...

When Does Anxiety Require Medical Intervention? Mar 2nd, 2020

Anxiety is an innate human emotion that virtually everyone experiences sometimes. Even people who normally seem calm, cool, and collected can feel a twinge of anxiety — or a tidal wave of worry — in stressful, uncomfortable, or unpredictable situations.    But for about one in four teens and nearly...

Which Type of TMS Is Best? Comparing Deep rTMS Vs. rTMS Vs. Neurostar Feb 10th, 2020

There has been increasing confusion regarding the specific types of TMS and rTMS. This article will serve to briefly clarify what TMS is, how it works, and how different types of machines (called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulators) compare. The most important thing to know at this point is that Transcranial Magnetic...

I Can't Remember: Does TMS Cause Memory Loss? Feb 9th, 2020

You may be considering starting a course of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression, anxiety, PTSD, or a different mood disorder. Maybe you’ve tried a few antidepressants in the past, but did not get adequate relief (you’re not alone!). While TMS sounds like it has a lot of positive benefits, you’re...

The Real Pros and Cons of TMS Therapy Feb 8th, 2020

Are you thinking about starting Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy? You’re probably weighing the pros and cons. On the one hand, becoming depression-free without dealing with medication side-effects, refills at the pharmacy, or psychiatry visits sounds pretty good. On the other hand, coming in every day sounds like a drag....

Tired of Trying Traditional Treatments for Depression? Try TMS Jan 31st, 2020

Depression is a highly individual mental health disorder that affects each person in different ways and to varying degrees. And because there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment approach to this problem, finding the combination of therapies that provides complete symptom relief isn’t always easy.  If this sounds familiar, we can help —...

How TMS Can Ease Symptoms of Depression Jan 15th, 2020

It is estimated that 16.2 million adults have depression in the United States. This condition can have a serious impact on your life, and sometimes traditional medication doesn't yield the results you need. Alternative forms of treatment like TMS can help lift your mood and allow you to pursue your...

How Can Neurofeedback Help Treat ADHD? Dec 10th, 2019

With approximately 6 million children in the United States diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), this common childhood neurodevelopmental disorder affects many families. If you have a child with ADHD, or you have ADHD as an adult, you know that it’s a complex diagnosis that may affect many different...

TMS & Brain Health Founder Quoted in Reuters Health and MD Alert Dec 10th, 2019

"Transcranial magnetic stimulation improves hand gesture deficits in schizophrenia" By Marilynn Larkin, November 4 2019   Click HERE for the full article on MD Alert.

Side Effects of Express TMS Therapy Feb 18th, 2019

Updated May 11, 2020. Different treatments for depression work by impacting different parts of the brain. The most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant medications, called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), work primarily by creating a net increase of the neurotransmitter Serotonin in the brain. In doing so, SSRIs lead to...

How Much Does TMS Therapy Cost? Feb 18th, 2019

Updated on May 11, 2020. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS or TMS) is a treatment that is FDA-Approved for Major Depressive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). TMS Therapy involves a device, which is placed on a patient’s head, that is able to awaken parts of the brain that are underactive in individuals with depression and...

What Is The Success Rate of TMS Therapy? Feb 18th, 2019

Updated on May 11, 2020. Most TMS providers find that TMS has a success rate at between 70% or 80%, meaning that the vast majority of individuals find significant relief after treatment. About 50% of people experience complete remission, meaning that the symptoms of depression are absent after just one...