Santa Monica

Mental Health Treatment In Santa Monica

From its breathtaking ocean views to the incredible weather, the seaside community of Santa Monica has undeniable charm. With a population of over 90,000, this Los Angeles County area is home to several distinctive restaurants and one of the country’s best beach scenes. However, like many Californian communities, many people living and working in Santa Monica struggle with their mental health. 

There is no one-size-fits-all mental health remedy. However, there are several alternative treatments that can help patients ditch the side effects from medication and experience significant improvement. TMS therapy in Santa Monica is a non-invasive, drug-free, and FDA-cleared treatment with minimal downtime that is safe and effective for a range of conditions affecting mental health and cognition.

Additionally, ketamine therapy is a rapid-acting treatment for mood disorders and neuropathic pain that has been hailed as an innovative breakthrough remedy for treatment-resistant depression and anxiety during the past few decades.

How Mental Illness Affects Santa Monica

Mental health disorders are among the most common health conditions faced by Californians: Nearly 1 in 6 California adults experience a mental illness of some kind, and 1 in 24 have a serious mental illness that makes it difficult to carry out major life activities.

Residents of Santa Monica are no strangers to the nation’s mental health crisis. In fact, according to a 2015 Los Angeles County Department of Public Health survey, 15% of adults in Santa Monica have been diagnosed with depression. According to findings in that survey, from 2012-2016, the suicide rate in Santa Monica was 10.8%. Additionally, during the that time span, the rate of unintentional drug overdoses in Santa Monica was 9.6%. According to a recent report, these and other mental health issues seem to more adversely affect California women and young adults (ages 18-25). 

These statistics are particularly tragic because they are preventable. This crisis has arisen largely from the need to increase awareness about mental health disorders and their treatments, so that stigma doesn’t impede those from seeking safe, highly effective treatment. At Neuro Wellness Spa, we’re on a mission to improve lives using the most innovative, established treatments— and to make it easy to access exemplary mental health care throughout Los Angeles.

Treating Mental Health With TMS Therapy

What Is TMS Therapy?

For many years, the initial response to mental health treatment has been psychiatric medications and therapy. Although these conventional treatments can be effective, they don’t work for everyone and medications can take weeks or months to exert its full effects. If you’re experiencing symptoms, unwanted side effects, or if you want to supplement your current treatments, you might consider TMS.

Unlike other treatments, TMS is non-invasive (does not require surgery) and non-systemic (does not affect the entire body). TMS is covered by most insurance and has fewer side effects than other treatments, or in some cases, no side effects at all. TMS therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment that can be used alone or in conjunction with medication. TMS uses gentle magnetic pulses to treat specific areas of the brain known to be under or overactive in conditions affecting mental health and cognition. Unlike medications, which affect the entire body, TMS therapy treats mental health at the source.

TMS is an outpatient procedure. Patients relax in a private treatment room and may read, work, or watch television during treatment. A TMS magnet is positioned over the patient’s head to deliver gentle magnetic pulses to stimulate specific areas of the brain. Each treatment session lasts an hour or less, after which patients can get back to their days right away, including work or school.

Benefits of TMS Therapy Santa Monica

Unlike medications which can take 6-8 weeks to achieve their full effects, most patients experience improvement in 2 weeks with TMS therapy. Patients can drive themselves to and from treatments and get back to their day right away, including work or school. Plus, TMS therapy is covered by most insurance, including Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, United Healthcare, and others. 

There are many reasons why patients choose TMS therapy. These include:

  • Twice as effective as medication
  • Covered by most insurance
  • FDA-cleared
  • Little to no side effects
  • Zero downtime 

Is TMS Therapy Right for Me?

Since its FDA clearance in 2008 for depression and 2018 for OCD and smoking cessation, TMS has been proven as promising treatment for a range of other conditions affecting mental health and cognition.  Notably, TMS therapy is a safe and effective treatment for:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Postpartum depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Substance use disorder (aids in addiction relapse prevention)
  • Bipolar depression
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

A consultation is the best way to decide if TMS therapy is right for you. Contact us today to learn more about TMS or to schedule a free consultation. Get started today.

Treating Mental Health with Ketamine Therapy

What Is Ketamine Therapy?

Designated as a ‘breakthrough therapy’ by the FDA, ketamine can rapidly—often within an hour or two—lift the symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and other conditions. After a short series of repeated doses, this effect typically extends out for weeks to months.

Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication that is used to treat mood, anxiety and pain. Ketamine’s benefits extend beyond treating mental health concerns. Because ketamine produces a temporary dissociative effect, it can have a transformative effect on other areas of a person’s worldview. Patients have noted that they feel more inspiration, creativity, connection with others, changed perspective, and an openness to new ideas.

There are two main types of ketamine therapy:

  1. Intravenous or IV Ketamine, sometimes called racemic ketamine– Given as an infusion into the bloodstream, racemic ketamine is a mixture of two mirror-image molecules: “R” and “S” ketamine. Racemic ketamine is FDA approved as an anesthetic, and used off-label to treat mood and chronic pain disorders.
  2. Spravato, also known as Esketamine– Given as a nasal spray, esketamine uses only the “S” molecule. Esketamine is FDA approved for treatment-resistant depression and suicidal ideation.

Benefits of Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine’s effectiveness rate is more than double that of traditional antidepressants and ketamine works rapidly, in hours to days, compared to antidepressants which take weeks to achieve their full effects. Following treatment, patients report beneficial shifts in awareness or perspective and identify more strongly with positive self-images and values and often describe a newfound sense of meaning or purpose. Ketamine therapy has also been found to increase compassion and increase joy in living.

Benefits of ketamine therapy include:

  • Twice as effective as antidepressants
  • Works rapidly, in hours or days
  • Can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments
  • Enhances feelings of creativity, purpose, perspective, serenity, insight, inspiration, gratitude, empathy, connection with others and the world
  • Helps patients disengage from routine thought patterns, heal unhealthy neural pathways and achieve clarity

Ketamine and TMS Therapy in Santa Monica

It’s no secret that, when it comes to overall well being, mental health is just as important as physical health. When people feel emotionally, psychologically, and socially secure, they are able to thrive and reach their full potentials. But with over 50 million Americans experiencing one or more mental health conditions, it’s clear that no community or city is immune to mental illness. 

Some people with depression and other mental health conditions are able to achieve symptom remission with medication and talk therapy. Other patients prefer not to use medications or find that they are not effective or the side effects are intolerable.

If you or a loved one is experiencing lingering mental health symptoms or unwanted side effects from medications, ketamine or TMS therapy Santa Monica could be the next step. At Neuro Wellness Spa, it’s our mission to provide comprehensive, individualized and evidence-based mental health care for all. We understand that addressing mental health symptoms cannot be a “one size fits all” approach and tailor our treatment plans to each individual that comes to us for help.

Our commitment to our patients goes beyond symptom remission to enhanced overall wellbeing. To get started, contact the Neuro Wellness Spa care team today.

For more information about the services we offer or whether IV Ketamine for PTSD is covered by your insurance provider, contact us today.

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  • My Life Started To Turn Around

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    Within just a couple of weeks of TMS treatment, my life started to turn around. I felt in more control of my emotions and that led to better life decisions & a healthier lifestyle.

  • Incredible Progress In A Short Amount Of Time

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    My life has completely changed with ketamine therapy. My therapist even said she had never seen such incredible progress in such a short amount of time.

  • We Got Our Son Back

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    After eight weeks of MeRT treatments, our son is now more verbal and much happier. He started communicating with us and making jokes.

    MeRT Patient
  • A Game Changer

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    IV nutrition has been a game changer and a great way to start my week. I love how I instantly have more focus, energy and I feel like I can tackle anything.

  • Got The RIGHT Meds

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    Spent decades on meds that weren’t right for me. Took the genetic test, learned about what would work for me and got the RIGHT meds. Has made such a difference for me.

  • TMS Changed Everything

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    I was so low on energy and TMS changed everything. Now, I look forward to starting my days. My focus has improved. I appreciate things I couldn’t even notice before.

  • Relieved My Symptoms After A Lifetime of Struggle

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    I was amazed that Spravato relieved my symptoms after a lifetime of struggle. Today, I’m leading a class in mental health, working in my greenhouse & spending time at the beach with my dog, Oshi.

  • It Gave Me A Bigger Picture

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    It was interesting to see that according to the genetic test, I’m a fast metabolizer of that particular pain medication. It gave me a bigger picture of how my genes work.

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