All Kinds of News for August 09, 2017
Skyland Trail, a primary psychiatric residential treatment organization in Atlanta, GA, will begin offering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) services this fall. Clients with treatment-resistant depression enrolled in the Skyland Trail residential treatment or day treatment program may be referred to participate by their Skyland Trail psychiatrist.
TMS is one of many services offered in the Glenn Family Wellness Clinic, an onsite primary care and wellness clinic, staffed with physicians and clinicians with expertise in both mental health and traditional primary care and preventive medicine.
TMS is a noninvasive brain stimulation therapy. A TMS machine targets an electrical current to affect the brain's limbic system, specifically the left prefrontal cortex, which is implicated in depression. Patients receive TMS in one hour sessions (including 37 minutes of treatment delivery), five days a week, for a total about 30 sessions. Additional sessions or follow-up maintenance sessions may be scheduled as needed.
TMS has been reported to have results similar to ECT, but with minimal side effects. TMS may also be beneficial for patients who cannot take medications due to allergies or other contraindications.
As with medications, once TMS begins to produce results and the symptoms of depression begin to lift, clients have more capacity to participate in skills-based therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
In 2016, about 60 percent of Skyland Trail clients had a primary diagnosis of major depression. Clinical outcomes suggest that for depressed patients who complete treatment at Skyland Trail, 90 percent have statistical and clinical response to treatment, and a full 40 percent reach remission from depression. The added TMS service will further improve outcomes for clients with major depression.
About Skyland TrailLocated in Atlanta, Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults ages 18 and older with a primary psychiatric diagnosis. Through our residential and day treatment programs, we help our clients grow, recover and reclaim their lives. We’re focused on individuals with complex mental health issues, helping them understand that they can be – and are – more than a diagnosis. We offer expert, evidence-based psychiatric care alongside a compassionate, holistic path to wellness. Our integrated mental, medical, and social model helps clients develop strategies to improve mental health, physical wellness, independence, and relationships with family and friends. Unique therapies offered include music, art and horticultural therapy; workforce and school readiness; primary care services; family therapy; and healthy living and nutrition coaching. Learn more at www.skylandtrail.org