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ServiceNet to Offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Depression Sufferers

NORTHAMPTON — ServiceNet announces it will offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of major depressive disorder.

According to a recent study, New England has the highest rates of depression in the U.S. ServiceNet’s new TMS service, the NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System — which uses magnetic pulses to awaken areas of the brain that are underactive in depression — provides people with increased access to proven, non-drug treatment.

“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 TMS in our community clinic, we are able to increase access to this important service for the populations we serve. Furthermore, as a research-based organization, we are impressed with the clinical evidence behind NeuroStar Advanced Therapy. This could be a game-changer for our patients who haven’t found relief from antidepressant medications.”

Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy is widely covered by major insurance plans and is available by prescription. The treatment is typically 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 schedule an appointment at a ServiceNet clinic, call (877) 984-6855.