TMS As An Alternative To ECT

The Use of TMS as an Alternative to ECT

Patients with neurological conditions have an exciting treatment option today with the use of TMS as an alternative to ECT.

Calabasas Behavioral Health administers a TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) program in its modern clinic at 23622 Calabasas Road. Under the guidance of Sarah Randall and Drs. Mindy Werner-Crohn and Joel Crohn, our team has achieved great success in treating patients with depression and anxiety disorders using this FDA-approved procedure.

The use of TMS as an alternative to ECT, or electroconvulsive therapy, is part of an effort by the Calabasas Behavioral Health team to offer customized TMS treatment plans for individual patients.

In the past, patients who did not respond to medication and psychotherapy had to resort to ECT, also known as “electric shock” treatments, to control neurological disorders. Today, TMS is more appropriate for many patients.

At Calabasas Behavioral Health, we try to make each TMS session as relaxing as possible. Small magnets placed on the patient’s head target specific brain regions with a mild current, which feels like a slight tapping.

Patients undergo several TMS sessions for several weeks and their progress is closely monitored by Calabasas Behavioral Health specialists at all times.

You may be a candidate for the use of TMS as an alternative to ECT for depression and mood issues. Discuss your options by calling us today at 818-921-4300.

Why We Advocate TMS as an Alternative to ECT

Electroconvulsive therapy is a great deal safer today than 25 years ago, but the Calabasas Behavioral Health team believes TMS has advantages for certain patients suffering from depressive or anxiety disorders, including:

  • Fewer side effects. While ECT may result in fatigue and memory loss, TMS patients’ most common side effect is a slight headache after treatment.
  • ECT treatment may induce seizures and therefore may require the use of anesthesia and muscle relaxants. The administration of TMS does not induce seizures and requires no drugs.
  • Calabasas Behavioral Health serves patients from Calabasas and the neighboring areas of Beverly Hills, Malibu, Agoura Hills, Moorpark, San Fernando, Santa Monica, Simi Valley, Ventura and Westlake Village.

If you would like to further explore the use of TMS as an alternative to ECT, call Calabasas Behavioral Health today at 818-921-4300.