Lindner Center of HOPE offers TMS Therapy, an innovative, new treatment option for depression

Mason, OHSeptember 2009 – Lindner Center of HOPE introduced a groundbreaking new treatment for patients with major depression beginning in August 2009. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment that uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate the area of the brain that is linked to depression.

As a charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, Lindner Center of HOPE is the only regional facility to offer NeuroStar TMS, which was recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (October 2008) for the treatment of major depression. TMS therapy was demonstrated to be effective and safe in the treatment of depressed patients that failed to receive adequate benefit from prior antidepressant medication and counseling.

The treatment is a 40-minute outpatient procedure that is prescribed by a psychiatrist, does not require anesthesia or sedation, and patients remain awake and alert. The treatment is typically administered daily for 4 to 6 weeks and the patient is able to maintain their normal routine before and after treatment.

“We are excited to be providing TMS therapy and to be a part of this major step forward in the treatment of depression,” said Dallas Auvil, MD, Lindner Center of HOPE psychiatrist. “Now we have a new option that may significantly improve the quality of life for depressed patients who have not had previous success with antidepressants and counseling.”

Depression affects at least 14 million American adults each year. Researchers estimate that by the year 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability worldwide. Each year, over 30,000 people in the United States commit suicide, 60 percent of whom suffer from depression. The economic burden of depression in 2000 was estimated at $83.1 billion in the United States.

Depression can be devastating. Only a fraction of individuals suffering from depression seek treatment, and unfortunately, out of the numbers that opt for treatment, greater than 30 percent fail to achieve satisfactory improvement. Therefore, a tremendous unmet need exists in the Cincinnati area and the region for new treatment options for major depression.

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For more information about the Lindner Center of HOPE and TMS treatment, call 513-536-0537 or 1-888-537-4229.


About Lindner Center of HOPE:

Lindner Center of HOPE provides patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. The newest state-of-the-science, free-standing mental health center to be built in North America, the Center is a charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers. The Center provides psychiatric hospitalization for individuals age 11-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, research and voluntary, live-in services in the Sibcy House. The Center’s clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Lindner Center of HOPE is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, and will be opening a new Brain Imaging Center with a 3.0 Tesla MRI, the best in the world, in January 2010 for diagnostic and research purposes.

Contact:
Susan Sherman

(513) 536 -0510

sue.sherman@lindnercenter.org

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