A nationally recognized advocate for TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), Dr. Dandala explains that medication and talk therapy are effective treatments for most patients — but not all. “Normally, serotonin is supposed to flow from the neurons to the front of brain and tell us, ‘This is a happy moment!’ But for a depressed person, that doesn’t happen. TMS helps awaken the part of the brain that in these patients is dormant,” he says.
TMS is an FDA-approved, evidence-based treatment for those suffering from major depression. Ideal are those who have not responded to prior medication attempts. These candidates often have what is commonly referred to as Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD).
One of Dr. Dandala’s patients described his chronic depression before he began receiving TMS in an article for Men’s Health magazine. The patient, who preferred to remain anonymous wrote, “Anxiety is like, ‘I can’t handle it.’ Depression is more like, ‘I don’t care. ‘The best way to describe it is just kind of wandering aimlessly through life with no enjoyment. I lost sight of myself. I couldn’t really figure out who I was anymore. I wasn’t enjoying the activities that made me, me. I ran in high school, but I didn’t want to go outside or exercise. Music was also a huge part of my high school career, but I didn’t want to do anything.“
When medications were no longer effective, the patient began TMS therapy with Dr. Dandala. After the treatments, the patient reported, “I feel like I’m more connected with myself and the world around me, and I can truly say that I’m happy with myself. I like me. It took a long time to get to that point.”
According to the World Health Organization, depression is the number one cause of mental illness worldwide. Globally, an estimated 5% of the population, or 300 million individuals, suffers from the condition, characterized by persistent darkness, a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities, tiredness and poor concentration. It can also disturb sleep and appetite.
“The acquisition of the institute serves to further expands DBH’s growing TMS footprint, offering greater access to those people who suffer from persistent, treatment-resistant depression,” says John PeloquinCEO and president of DBH.
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