New treatment of Depression, an alternative to anti-depressants and ECT is now available in Hewlett, NY, the Five Towns area of Long Island Nassau County South Shore. It is called TMS, a new, FDA approved method of treating Depression by using alternating electromagnetic pulses directed toward the area of the brain implicated in the mechanism of depression.
Hewlett NY – May 01, 2010 — Dr. Edward Fruitman, Director of South Shore Neuropsychiatric in Hewlett area of Long Island, New York, is now offering novel treatment of Depression: TMS ( Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy. Using highly focused, MRI strength magnetic pulses, TMS activates a region of the left side of the brain, Dorsilateral Prefrontal Cortex. TMS is an innovative treatment of Depression, that succeeds even when anti-depressants fail.
TMS is FDA approved, and is found to be safe and effective, even for patients who do not respond to anti-depressants. TMS was approved by FDA in October 2008, and over 20,000 treatments have been safely performed. TMS is the only biological treatment alternative to anti-depressant medications and ECT.
During the first session, patient relaxes in a comfortable chair similar to first-class airplae seat, while Dr. Fruitman and trained TMS coordinator , K. C. Levitan, LMHC, properly locate the stimulus site (Dorsilateral Prefrontal Cortex, an area implicated in Depression). During the following sessions, the magnet is placed over the stimulus site and the magnetic pulses are administered at scientifically-determined frequency and strength over a period of about 40 minutes. TMS is typically administered five times a week over the course of four to six weeks.
One of the major benefits of TMS is that unlike medication, TMS does not circulate through the body, therefore there are no adverse side effects such as weight gain, dry mouth, upset stomach, or sexual dysfunction typically associated with traditional anti depressant regimens. And unlike other treatment, such as electro convulsive therapy (ECT), TMS does not cause cognitive side effects or memory problems. No anesthesia or sedation is used, so you can drive yourself to and from treatment and even go back to work or school right after treatment is finished.
Dr. Fruitman is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. He is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of psychopharmacology. Dr. Fruitman specializes in the treatment of Anxiety and Depression. He is the first psychiatrist to use TMS in the Five Town area of Long Island.