TMS is a new, cutting-edge, FDA-Approved treatment for Resistant or Refractory Depression. For some, medication just doesn’t result in good recovery or results are just mediocre. Sometimes there is recovery but at the price of excessive, unwanted side effects.
Now, TMS at Roundhouse provides hope for a better day. We call this specialty practice TMS of Northern Virginia, and Roundhouse was the first to offer this innovative option in Northern Virginia.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousands of depression patients who have not received adequate results from antidepressants.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, TMS Therapy, uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in one of the areas of the brain thought to control mood. TMS Therapy is performed in a psychiatrist’s office under his or her supervision while you remain awake and alert.
TMS Therapy is a treatment that can be performed in a psychiatrist’s office, under his or her supervision, using a medical device called the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system. NeuroStar TMS Therapy is:
The typical initial treatment course consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 6 week period, for an average of 20 total treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately 40 minutes.
Through a magnetic coil, the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system generates highly concentrated, magnetic fields which turn on and off very rapidly. These magnetic fields are the same type and strength as those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.
The treatment coil is applied to the head above the left prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is involved with mood regulation, and therefore is the location where the magnetic fields are focused. These magnetic fields do not directly affect the whole brain; they only reach about 2-3 centimeters into the brain directly beneath the treatment coil. As these magnetic fields move into the brain, they produce very small electrical currents. These electrical currents activate cells within the brain which are thought to release neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Since depression is thought to be the result of an imbalance of these chemicals in the brain, TMS can restore that balance and, thus, relieve depression.
Clinical trials have proven the safety of NeuroStar TMS Therapy® in treating patients who’ve had an inadequate response to prior antidepressant medications.
Have you sought treatment for your depression from antidepressants only to find less than satisfactory results? NeuroStar TMS Therapy is a new treatment option clinically proven to improve symptoms of depression in patients that did not respond to prior antidepressant treatment.
Please visit our companion website dedicated to TMS for more detailed information: TMSNova.com
We at Roundhouse are a group of mental health professionals in Alexandria, Virginia who specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Work Stress, Relationships, Adult ADD, Adult OCD, Parenting, Fear of Public Speaking, Severe Phobias and more. We also offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy to treat resistant depression. Our two psychiatrists, physician assistant, four psychiatric social workers, and our other staff members have a combined experience and expertise that spans a wide range of problems. Our team approach enables us to smoothly coordinate a variety of effective psychological and medical treatments.
1501 Duke Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314
We moved into our first office building in Old Town, Alexandria located on a site where once existed a railroad roundhouse. That’s how we got our name, Roundhouse Square Counseling Center. We moved across the street, but kept our name. The railroad metaphor inspired our tag line: “Getting you back on the right track.”