Calabasas TMS Center - Caring, Collaborate, Comprehensive Care
Calabasas TMS Center was one of the first practices in the United States to use TMS therapy for depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
We are members of the Clinical TMS Society, and our TMS doctors are board-certified and have advanced training in TMS treatment.
Since 2011, our physicians have done over 2,000 TMS treatments for patients across Ventura County and Los Angeles County.
As a patient-centric practice, providing exceptional care is of the utmost importance to us. We have certified TMS clinicians on site to help ensure that all your treatment needs are met.
At Calabasas TMS Center, we care about our patients for the long-term. We offer complimentary TMS support groups for our patients, providing a safe and supportive space for them to connect and talk.
With our team-centric approach, Calabasas TMS knows the importance of collaborating with medical professionals to provide the most comprehensive care available.
TMS Therapy is FDA-Approved for Depression and OCD
TMS is hope. For many people, depression may continue despite treatment. Hard-to-treat depression is called treatment-resistant depression, or TRD. This is when medicine partly relieves symptoms or does not help at all. TMS often significantly helps TRD, OCD and many other mental illnesses. Contact us to find if your issue may be treated with Deep TMS therapy.
Deep TMS Therapy
We use the BrainsWay Deep TMS device, which generates a strong pulsed magnetic field, similar to that of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. It stimulates underactive nerve cells in brain regions known to regulate mood, helping to reset brain chemistry. It is relatively painless and does not have any of the side effects common with medication.
The typical treatment course consists of 5 treatments per week over a 6-week period. Each treatment session lasts approximately 20 minutes. Patients drive themselves to and from the office, and resume their normal activities right away.
In most patients, the clinical benefit was maintained through 6 months of follow-up study. Research demonstrated that two-thirds of patients maintain their response after one year. Patients continue their current medications and therapy throughout the TMS treatment course. Afterwards, many patients are able to stop taking antidepressants.
TMS Safety Analysis from Clinical Trials
In early March of 2019, the Psychopharmacology Institute published a presentation from Simon Kung, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic regarding the safety of TMS therapy as assessed through clinical trials. Below are the "key points" of Dr. Kung's presentation, along with a video and .pdf for you to view.
FDA Approves TMS Therapy Treatments
BrainsWay Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation device is an FDA-approved outpatient procedure for treatment resistant Major Depression and for OCD. In the FDA trials, over 10,000 active TMS treatments were performed by institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, Columbia University, and Stanford University. They prove that 1 in 2 patients treated with TMS experience significant improvement. Throughout the TMS Therapy trials, 1 in 3 patients experienced complete relief from their depression at the end of six weeks of treatment.
Is TMS Right for You?
If your depression or OCD has not responded to traditional medicine, TMS may be the answer. It is also used successfully to treat many other conditions, such as anxiety, postpartum depression, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, among others.
How Does TMS Work?
BrainsWay's Deep TMS stimulation goes deeper than other TMS machines. Treatment sessions with this BrainsWay device are shorter and the total number of hours needed is less. Deep TMS achieves remission rates twice as fast, too.
Our TMS Program for Success is Very Unique
Calabasas Behavioral Health was one of the first practices in the nation to offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Our TMS Program for Success is the result of years of experience. It starts with a thorough evaluative process and continues supporting you well after the course of BrainsWay Deep TMS treatment. As a part of your TMS Therapy we include talk therapy, medication management, TMS patient support group sessions and close collaboration with your doctors and therapists.
We believe that our TMS Therapy Support Group is an invaluable part of long-term success. We invite current and past patients to join our live twice-monthly group sessions. Our professional staff delivers the TMS Program for Success curriculum in a warm and safe environment.
TMS Therapy is an FDA-approved, outpatient, non-invasive procedure. It stimulates underactive neurons that affect certain parts of the brain. These targeted areas control mood and other mental health issues. TMS uses repeated magnetic pulses similar to those of MRI machines through a coil that rests on the patient’s head. Visit our How does TMS Work? page.
The typical course of TMS consists of 5 treatments per week over a 6-week period. Each treatment session lasts approximately 20 minutes. You remain awake and seated in a comfortable chair. You will experience a tapping sensation on your scalp throughout the treatment. You may resume your normal activities and drive yourself home or to work immediately afterwards.
With Brainsway, 3 out of 4 patients achieve at least a 50% reduction in symptoms. One out of 2 patients experience complete remission. In most patients, the clinical benefit was maintained through 6 months of follow-up study. Research demonstrated that two-thirds of patients maintain their response after one year.
Patients continue their current medications and therapy throughout the TMS treatment course. Afterward, many patients are able to stop taking antidepressants.
J Clin Psychiatry. 2014 Dec;75(12):1394-401 A multisite, naturalistic, observational study of transcranial magnetic stimulation for patients with pharmacoresistant major depressive disorder: durability of benefit over a 1-year follow-up period.
Dunner DL1, Aaronson ST, Sackeim HA, Janicak PG, Carpenter LL, Boyadjis T, Brock DG, Bonneh-Barkay D, Cook IA, Lanocha K, Solvason HB, Demitrack MA.
TMS does not have any known long-term side effects. It is medication-free. It does not cause the systemic side effects of antidepressants: weight gain, dry mouth, upset stomach, drowsiness, and sexual dysfunction. In some patients, TMS may cause scalp sensitivity or headache, which generally dissipates within one week.
TMS is covered under most health plans for major depressive disorder. Calabasas Behavioral Health will work with you and your insurance provider to assist you in submitting claims.
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- TMS uses MRI technology
- TMS is non-invasive and performed during office visits
- Patients are awake and alert during treatment
- Virtually no side effects
- Patients may resume normal activities right after treatment
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