• What is Depression?

    Depression has been described for millennia. The ancient Greeks called it melancholia because they believed it was due to an excess of black bile. Today, Major Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million American adults every year.

    Major Depression results is a persistent state of sadness that may interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, and physical health. Symptoms may include:

     

      • Lack of interest in usual activities or an inability to experience
      • pleasure
      • Difficulty thinking or concentrating
      • Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, helplessness, or guilt
      • Changes in sleep habits and decreased energy
      • Loss of appetite or significant weight gain or weight loss
      • Thoughts of death or suicide

    While the exact cause of depression is not known, it is known that depression is characterized by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, as well as decreased activity in the frontal lobes of the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells. Depression is most often treated with antidepressant medications. It is believed that antidepressant medications work by increasing the levels of these neurotransmitters.

    Although antidepressants can be effective for many patients, they do not work for everybody. Additionally, antidepressant medications circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body, and can result in unwanted side effects such as weight gain, decreased sex drive, nausea, sleepiness, and dry mouth. Millions of patients do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressants and/or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them.

    Major Depression is a Brain Disease.

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    Depression is a Catabolic State

      • Shrinkage of the Hippocampus
      • Atrophy of Frontal Lobes
      • Corticosteroids cause Brain Cell Death
      • Decreases in Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor
      • Decreases in Neurotransmitters like Serotonin

    Depression has been described for millennia. The ancient Greeks called it melancholia because they believed it was due to an excess of black bile. Today, Major Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million American adults every year.

    “Depression Affects More Than 1 in 20 Americans”

    – CDC National Center for Health Statistics

    For these patients, NeuroStar TMS Therapy offers the new way back from depression and its treatment side effects. Learn more about TMS Therapy.

Features

  • Who We Are

    Southern California TMS Center was established for the treatment of depression using the FDA approved Neurostar TMS machine.

  • Treatment

    TMS treatment process is done in a consultation with your psychiatrist, who will review your symptoms, treatment history, and possible treatment options.

  • Testimonials

    55 year old female patient, Los Angeles, CA“Just a few weeks ago, I was spending my days too tired or
 depressed to do much and would often sleep for several hours in the afternoon; something that had been far too common since my teens. The TMS treatments and care that
  • TMS in the News

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