Finding an effective treatment for depression can be difficult and frustrating. Sometimes the drugs don’t work or sometimes they cause terrible side effects. A lot of people end up feeling hopeless, but I’m here to tell you there is hope.
At Concierge TMS, we offer a safe, non-invasive treatment for chronic depression that works over 80% of the time! This is called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. TMS is now available at Concierge TMS offices in Mashpee, Plymouth and New Bedford, with an office in Yarmouthport coming soon.
Research into the use of magnetic fields and the power of magnetism to stimulate muscles and the human brain dates back to at least the early 1900s. The use of magnetism to treat depression dates back to the mid-1980s. Anthony Barker and Mark George are two of the scientists associated with pioneering research into TMS and the specific use of TMS to treat depression. During the 1990s, numerous studies demonstrated both the safety and effectiveness of TMS in the treatment of depression. Neuronetics, the parent company of Neurostar, conducted the first large-scale, scientifically valid study on TMS, and it was this study that led to FDA approval of their device and protocol in 2008.
Insurance companies started paying for TMS in 2013 – before that, people seeking relief from depression with TMS paid out of pocket for their treatment. Currently, almost all commercial insurance companies in the United States will pay for TMS if a patient meets their specific clinical criteria.
Concierge TMS is dedicated to the idea that people should never feel like a number. We understand that people considering TMS will have questions and we’ll make sure you have the answers. We understand that people considering TMS might be concerned about any medical treatment that involves the brain. People who are eligible for TMS can talk to people who have had TMS or even observe treatment at our practice. Read real patient testimonials here.
If you or someone you know is struggling to find an effective treatment for long-term depression, you can find out more about us at www.concierge-tms.com. Consider calling the office to see if you qualify for this treatment and if you qualify for insurance coverage.
About Jonathan Schwartz, MD
Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, MD, was born in New Bedford and has been practicing adult and child psychiatry in the area for over 30 years. He graduated from McGill University Medical School in Montreal and trained at Massachusetts General Hospital (adult psychiatry) and Children’s Hospital (child psychiatry) in Boston. Dr. Schwartz specializes in the areas of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addictions, and ADHD. He served as a psychiatrist at U.Mass. Dartmouth from 1985 to 2016, and is currently Medical Director at Steppingstone in Fall River MA. Dr. Schwartz leads Concierge TMS.
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