Depression is now the leading cause of disability in the world (WHO, 2012), and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is increasingly recognized as an important treatment option by both clinicians and insurance companies
As such, we are frequently asked about the relative effectiveness of medications vs. TMS vs. ECT for treatment-resistant depression. While head to head studies of the 3 treatments have not been completed, it is interesting to compare large, multi-site, frequently cited studies of the 3 treatment modalities administered to patients with similar levels of treatment resistance.
These findings are a useful reminder to regularly assess the severity of depression in our patients using depression rating scales, and to be sure that patients with treatment-resistant depression are being progressed through a series of treatment steps including, if appropriate, an evidence-based psychotherapy, additional medication trials, TMS or ECT.
Seattle Neuropsychiatric Treatment Center (SeattleNTC) is committed to providing high quality, evidence-based therapies for depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and related conditions that have not responded to first-line treatments such as medications and psychotherapy.
OUR TREATMENT APPROACH
All patients are seen for one or more initial consultation appointments to:
WHY SEATTLE NEUROPSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT CENTER?
Depression and other psychiatric conditions are often resistant to treatment
To Contact Us:
Please Call 1-206-467-6300
Our Office Locations:
1600 E Jefferson Street, Suite 401
Seattle, WA 98122
18100 Union Hill Road
Redmond, WA 98052