SeattleNTC’s physicians are experts in severe and treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric conditions. If TMS, ECT or esketamine are not indicated or are not effective, we are familiar with other available interventions that may work.
"I was skeptical it would work because I’d been on medications and seen so many doctors. Things were so dark, time felt so long. Hours felt like days, days felt like weeks. Life just feels so much better now. The biggest change is just being able to go about my daily life and my relationships are so much better. I would say that SeattleNTC is an incredible partner for anyone suffering from mental health issues. They are on the cutting edge; the staff and the doctors are extremely caring and talented." —Karen M.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
VNS is an FDA-approved brain stimulation approach that has been available since 2005 for treatment-resistant depression. Our psychiatrists may consider VNS as a treatment option when TMS, ECT and/or esketamine have not been effective or when one of these treatments is effective, but its benefit is not long lasting.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
DBS uses a surgically implanted medical device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver carefully controlled electrical stimulation (pulses) to precisely targeted areas in the brain that control unwanted neuropsychiatric symptoms. DBS is used in conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Parkinson’s disease and others.