A Drug-Free Way to Heal Your Brain
If you struggle with symptoms of a brain-based disorder, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you want a natural approach to treating your symptoms?
- Are you suffering unwanted side effects of medication?
- Do your symptoms interfere with your daily life?
- Are you dissatisfied with the results from medications and therapy alone?
At Amen Clinics, we understand that no two people are alike and treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach – especially in psychiatry. Where medication is indicated and appropriate, Amen Clinics doctors will prescribe them. But did you know that some psychiatric medications are actually toxic to brain function? As we formulate individual treatments plans, Amen Clinics doctors follow a simple guiding precept: find solutions that will treat the condition most effectively while imposing the least possible toxicity. This is why we offer many natural therapies for patients as they make brain-healthy life changes. Once such highly effective, non-medication treatment is called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS.
What is TMS?
TMS is an innovative form of brain stimulation used to treat certain psychiatric and neurological disorders that have not improved through traditional approaches. TMS uses a non-invasive, painless, highly focused, brief magnetic pulse that stimulates activity in different areas of the brain – without the troubling side effects people often experience from taking medication. Sessions last about 40 minutes and patients can resume their normal activities immediately after each session.
The Importance of Imaging First
Amen Clinics is the only clinic in the world where you can get a SPECT image of your brain before innovative treatments, like TMS, so that we can help predict if a certain treatment is going to be successful. Research demonstrates that SPECT scans effectively help predict if a person is going to positively respond to TMS. Why is this so important? Because we know that depression, for example, is not one thing. For some people, their brains work too hard, and they can’t stop thinking about bad things. For other people, their brain activity is too low, and they can’t think at all. Thanks to imaging, we know if your brain is not working hard enough, we can use TMS to stimulate it in a way that increases brain function. But if it is working too hard, we can use TMS to calm it. If you treat every person with depression in the same way with TMS, it is no different than giving everyone with depression the same medication – you are NOT going to have the most effective results.
Amen Clinics results are better than other TMS clinics because we look before we treat. That way, we know how to treat more effectively. In fact, scan guided TMS results in an 80-85% success rate at Amen Clinics. Research supports our experience: that scan guided TMS provides better results than non-scan guided TMS.
“I basically have my life back. I feel so good; I will actually sing along with the radio. And I’m able to manage the demands of a busy working mom. The TMS therapy is truly a life-changing experience.”
~Susan, a TMS patient
Although TMS was originally FDA approved for and used to treat depression, there is now substantial evidence that TMS can be helpful in treating a wide range of brain-based issues including addiction, anxiety, ADD, OCD, mild cognitive impairment and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
“TMS was a permanent solution. Instead of taking drugs for the rest of my life, I could do TMS for a month and see significant results that were permanent. I am happy, I’m losing weight, and I just feel like I have a life again. I believe that TMS gave that back to me.”
~Vivica, a TMS patient
Imaging changes everything. To learn more about TMS or other natural therapies for depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, or memory issues, contact Amen Clinics today at (888) 288-9834 or visit us online.