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ServiceNet Now Offering TMS Treatment for Depression at Its Greenfield Clinic

GREENFIELD — ServiceNet is now offering transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) — a proven, non-drug treatment option for people with major depressive disorder (MDD) — at its Greenfield outpatient clinic.

“When patients come to us, it is most often to be treated for depression,” said Dr. Louis Velazquez, medical director of ServiceNet. “By offering NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS in both our Northampton and Greenfield clinics, we are able to increase access to this important service for the populations we serve. And as a research-based organization, we’re impressed with the clinical evidence behind it. This could be a game-changer for our patients who haven’t found relief from antidepressant medications.”

Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, approved by the FDA, is widely covered by major insurance plans and is available by prescription. The treatment uses gentle magnetic pulses to awaken areas of the brain that are underactive in depression. It is administered daily for four to six weeks, with treatment sessions performed in as little as 20 minutes. Unlike electroconvulsive therapy, TMS is non-invasive and allows patients to resume daily activities immediately following treatment sessions. It is also free from systemic side effects often associated with antidepressant medications.

To celebrate the opening of its Greenfield NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS service, ServiceNet will host an open house on Thursday, Jan. 23rd from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at its clinic on 55 Federal St. This event is free and open to anyone who would like to learn more about TMS and how it works.

For more information, visit www.servicenet.org/tms. To schedule an appointment at a ServiceNet clinic, call (413) 584-6855.