The medical staff at The Ranch treatment center have been trained and certified in the use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), a non-invasive procedure for patients with treatment-resistant depression. Patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression are experiencing major depression that has not responded to multiple antidepressants prescribed sequentially, in combination with other antidepressants, or in combination with other psychotropic medications. rTMS can also be used to treat patients who are unable to tolerate antidepressant medications or who cannot or prefer not to take antidepressant medications.
We use a unique type of rTMS (also known as deep transcranial magnetic stimulation) developed by Brainsway™ that reaches deep into the area of the brain that modulates mood. The treatment takes place in an office and is administered under the direction of our medical director. Sessions last about 20 minutes and are held five days per week for four to six weeks. The procedure is painless and no medication is needed for treatment. Patients usually feel relief from symptoms of depression within a few weeks of starting rTMS.
At The Ranch, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is one possible component of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes psychotherapy, integrative techniques, psychoeducation, group therapy and family therapy. Clients and their clinical team will decide together whether to include rTMS as part of the overall treatment plan.