About BrainStim TMS
antidepressants vs. ect vs. tms
Antidepressents are systemic, which means that the medication is absorbed into the blood stream. This can cause numerous side effects. TMS is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure with no systemic side effects. TMS and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) are both effective in the treatment of depression, but ECT is associated with more side effects and is significantly more intense. ECT is performed in a hospital and you must be anesthetized and restrained during the procedure. ECT works by applying a brief electrical pulse to the brain that medically induces a seizure.
Our treatments have proven to be effective for patients who have had unsuccessful experiences treating depression and other psychiatric disorders. TMS therapy is approved by the FDA, has no long-term side effects, lasts for only 4 to 7 weeks, and does not require patients to recover after each session, meaning you can resume your normal schedule without interruption.
Medications (as indicated by your prescribing physician) – by maintaining medication stability any medication changes should be communicated to your treatment coordinator during treatment as soon as possible.
As Co-Founder and CEO of BrainStim TMS Clinics, Chris Shepard has over 16 years of medical experience managing surgical device programs across the Midwest. His passion and drive to improve the lives of patients and their families has allowed him to help build world recognized programs in Michigan and throuout the Midwest. Some of the companies include Stryker Orthopaedics, Medtronic and da Vinci Robotics (Intuitive Surgical).
Key components to his success was fear of failure, having great mentors and being a college basketball athlete. Chris combined his business accumen with the philosophy of training athletes when training his surgeons. This training philosophy included procedure simulation and procedure video review sessions. Two additional componets to building and growing robust programs included patient education and referring physician education. This led to developingunique marketing pieces, social media campaigns and patient/referring physician events to drive awareness.
The motivation for starting BrainStim TMS Clinics came from growing up in a single parent home with a mother who struggled with bipolar and major depression. Having lived the roller coaster of emotions and being a foster child while his mother received help, he knows first hand how mental health and depression affects individuals and families.
When he discovered TMS, he was very compelled with the clinical data and efficacy, but was extremely discouraged to find out that the adoption in Michigan and the Midwest was extremely low. After talking to several psychiatrists, many shared the barriers preventing them from starting their own programs. Chris knew that he could help remove the roadblocks with his previous experience and internal drive to help others like his mom and the families affected, BrainStim TMS clinics was founded to help patiens and family have access to this life changing technology.
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If you are one of the 16 million Americans who suffer from Major Depression and antidepressants are not working or you have intolerable side effects, there is hope. Over 2.5 million patients have been successfully treated with TMS.Click below to schedule your free consultation and find out if TMS Therapy is right for you.
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