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Rogers Behavioral Health announces cutting-edge, non-drug TMS therapy for major depression

(OCONOMOWOC, Wis.) Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), an effective, state-of-the-art therapy for major depression, is now available as an outpatient treatment program at Rogers Behavioral Health in Oconomowoc.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-approved, noninvasive procedure for people 18 years or older suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). The FDA has also recently approved TMS to treat OCD.

“Medication management and talk therapy are the most common treatments for depression but are not always successful,” says Dr. Tyler Rickers, DO, director of TMS Services at Rogers. “TMS is a non-medication treatment option for treatment-resistant depression.”

TMS has been shown to decrease depression symptoms and improve the quality of life among adult patients. Research shows approximately one in two patients experience a significant reduction in depressive symptoms after using TMS, and one in three patients will reach complete remission.

Dr. Rickers notes that TMS has a higher rate of effectiveness than some antidepressants.

Rogers began offering TMS to patients participating in its depression treatment programs in 2014. TMS is now provided as a standalone outpatient therapy program due to high patient response rates and growing community need.

“At Rogers, we have seen a response rate of approximately 65 percent, which is even better than the national average,” says Dr. Rickers. “We think that is due to the combination of our expert psychotherapy and TMS. This is a new modality that may change lives.”

How does TMS work?

A magnetic coil is placed on the patient’s head delivers a gentle pulse to increase blood flow to the part of the brain that’s thought to be impacted by depression. Patients are encouraged to sit back, read, listen to music, or simply relax.

Rogers is now accepting patients for outpatient TMS therapy at its Oconomowoc location. 20-minute treatments are scheduled daily, Monday through Friday, for approximately six to eight weeks. Rogers also offers TMS at its location in the San Francisco East Bay area and is planning for the use of TMS at additional locations across the U.S.

Free screenings are available as a first step in the admissions process at 800-767-4411 or rogersbh.org/TMS.

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Rogers Behavioral Health is a nationally recognized, nonprofit provider of mental health and addiction services. Rogers offers evidence-based treatment for adults, children, and teens with depression and mood disorders, eating disorders, addiction, OCD and anxiety disorders, and PTSD. Rogers provides services throughout Wisconsin as well as in California, Illinois, Florida, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. The System also includes Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation and Rogers InHealth. Learn more at rogersbh.org.

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