Neuroscience Center

Treatment for Severe Cases of Depression

The Neuroscience Center at Lakeside Behavioral Health System was established to provide patients with evidence-based therapy for treatment-resistant psychological illnesses. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) has been shown to provide relief in severely depressed patients when medications were not sufficient in treating symptoms. Lakeside Behavioral Health System also offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), which has also been shown to lessen the symptoms of severe depression.

Electroconvulsive Therapy

ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) treats severe episodes of major depression, mania and some types of schizophrenia. ECT is believed to bring about specific biochemical changes, which can cause symptoms to diminish. It works by affecting the same transmitter chemicals in the brain that are affected by medications. ECT is used most often for major depression, where it has a strong beneficial effect on patients. But as with other treatments, there is no guarantee it will be useful in every instance. The most common side effects of ECT include muscle aches, nausea, short-term memory loss and headaches.

There are risks associated with any treatment procedure and individual results may vary. Please consult the dedicated professionals within the ECT program at Lakeside to assess if you are a candidate for ECT treatment. Our medical staff will also consult with you on the risks and benefits of ECT treatment if you are a suitable candidate.

CAPTION: If you would like additional details, watch our video to learn more about our electroconvulsive therapy program.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

In 2011, the Neuroscience Center at Lakeside began providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy for the treatment of depression. This outpatient procedure is performed under the supervision of an attending psychiatrist while the patient is awake and alert, with most treatment regimens administered for four to six weeks.

Since the late 1990s, physicians have used TMS to treat Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from antidepressant medications. TMS involves the use of concise pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. This non-drug, non-systemic alternative antidepressant has been proven to be well-tolerated and has no adverse effects on memory or ability to concentrate. The most common side effects associated with TMS Therapy are scalp pain or discomfort at the site of application.

CAPTION: If you would like additional details, watch our video to learn more about our transcranial magnetic stimulation program.

Treatment

Recovery Begins Today

Lakeside Behavioral Health System’s Assessment Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide a no-cost mental health assessment for you, your loved one, or your patient/client. Call us at 901-377-4700 or visit our facility to get started. For additional questions about our programs, you can also use our online contact form. In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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