A new form of depression treatment has made its way to Lakewood

TMS Solutions uses Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat people who suffer from depression.

Posted 11/21/18

For a patient at the depression treatment center TMS Solutions, depression controlled every aspect of his life since his teenage years. The patient, who prefers to be unnamed due to the sensitivity …

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A new form of depression treatment has made its way to Lakewood

TMS Solutions uses Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat people who suffer from depression.

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For a patient at the depression treatment center TMS Solutions, depression controlled every aspect of his life since his teenage years. The patient, who prefers to be unnamed due to the sensitivity of the subject, tried pill after pill to fight the mental illness, but it didn’t work. He struggled to get out of bed, and his depression got to the point where it was impacting his work life and relationships with his family.

“It was to the point where nothing was working. I thought about suicide a lot of times and wrote out (suicide) notes,” the patient said.

The man eventually confessed to his mother about his suicidal notes, and she guided him to a depression treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain that are believed to control mood. The man went through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy at TMS Solutions, and he said it completely changed his life. Now, TMS Solutions is offering the therapy in Lakewood.

TMS Solutions, which first started business in 2014, treats patients in Colorado and Washington with the FDA approved therapy. The therapy, which is administered daily for four to six weeks, is widely covered by major insurance plans and is available by prescription, according to TMS Solutions. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation allows patients to carry on with their daily activities immediately after a therapy session.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8.1 percent of American adults aged 20 and over had depression in a given 2-week period from 2013 to 2016.

“Mental health services are high in demand and the available depression treatment options were not working for everyone, or came with unwanted side effects,” said Dr. Robert Sammons, the medical director for TMS Solutions. “We’ve completed more than 12,000 (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) treatments and have seen great results."

Sammons, who was trained in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation at the Harvard School of Medicine, said over 80 percent of patients at TMS Solutions significantly responded to the treatment, and over 47 percent of those patients achieved complete remission of their depression symptoms.

Veterans Affairs has approved TMS Solutions as a place veterans can go for depression treatment. Also, the use of TMS to treat depression is accepted as an effective treatment according to the Mayo Clinic. No long-term effects have been discovered, but there are short-term side effects like pain, or discomfort that usually ends within one week.

“We’re thrilled to be offering this in Lakewood. We believe that this technology needs to be available for people in every municipality,” said Christopher Blackburn, TMS Solutions’ co-founder.

TMS Solutions has locations in Denver, Grand Junction, Fort Collins, Lakewood and Montrose. It also has a location in Spokane, Washington.

“Anyone suffering from depression who has been on the pills and nothing seems to work — this is the answer to their prayers,” the patient said. “The difference in my life is amazing.”

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