Neurofeedback, also known as EEG (electroencephalogram) biofeedback, or neurotherapy is a therapeutic intervention that provides immediate, real-time feedback from a computer-based program that assesses a client’s brainwave activity. The program then uses sound or visual signals to reorganize or retrain these brain signals. Neurofeedback is a useful tool for providers to assist in diagnosing conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, mild cognitive impairment, memory issues such as those caused by dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as other cognitive disorders.
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For decades, researchers have sought safe and effective treatments for depression. However, there is no single depression treatment which has been proven to work for everyone. Depression is often treated with antidepressant medications; however, alternative treatments for depression are available. These depression therapies have been shown to work in people who do not receive benefit from medications or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them. One alternative therapy for the treatment of depression is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). NeuroStar TMS Therapy was recently FDA-cleared for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medications.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. It is sometimes referred to as rTMS which stands for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS patients receiving TMS Therapy remain awake and alert during the procedure.
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS ® is an outpatient procedure. The typical treatment course consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period for 20-30 treatments. Each depression treatment session lasts approximately 19-37 minutes, depending on what the doctor determines is the correct protocol. NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS is:
- Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment.
- Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body.
- FDA cleared for patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment.
TMS+YOU is an online community and national patient advocacy site for TMS Therapy. Those considering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can connect with patients who have had the treatment to answer questions, share insights, and get the latest information.
SPRAVATO™ nasal spray is a prescription medicine for adults suffering from treatment-resistant depression (TRD). SPRAVATO™ is used along with traditional antidepressant therapy.
If you’ve struggled with depression and tried two or more antidepressants* in your current episode without adequate relief, please contact us to schedule an evaluation to see if SPRAVATO™ therapy might be an option for you.
Horizon Behavioral Health is specially certified to provide SPRAVATO™ therapy.
SPRAVATO™ therapy can be used in conjunction with TMS therapy where indicated.
*Of adequate dose and duration.
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Horizon Behavioral Health utilizes an array of therapy techniques to best match the needs of the patient. HBH offers individual, group, family and couples therapy using a combination of effective counseling approaches.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-known counseling method that focuses on restructuring our negative thoughts to be more positive and productive. Breaking negative thought patterns has been shown to significantly help patients who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and a host of other mental illnesses.
Although the field of Psychiatry has evolved tremendously over the years, the prime focus has always been the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Medication management continues to be the most common approach to treating chemical imbalances in the brain that lead to an array of mental illnesses. With that said, medication can also have side effects that some patients cannot tolerate for one reason or another.
Since 2008, a growing number of Psychiatrists have been utilizing a cutting-edge treatment called, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), as a non-pharmaceutical alternative for patients who cannot tolerate medication or in cases where medication has proven unsuccessful. TMS is a non-systemic and non-invasive outpatient treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients with treatment resistant Depression. For more information on TMS, click here.