MeRT Depression Treatment
Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT) is a safe and effective treatment that combines technologies of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS, an FDA cleared therapy), quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG), and electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) to deliver treatments scientifically designed for each individual’s unique brain pattern. MeRT can be used alone, or in conjunction with other treatment modalities including therapy and medication.
Neuro Wellness Spa is a leader in personalized brain health and neuromodulation. Using state of the art MeRT technology, our clinicians deliver personalized treatments for a wide variety of brain related disorders and to optimize cognitive performance. MeRT therapy is available at our Manhattan Beach clinic. To learn more about MeRT therapy for depression, contact us today at 1-877-847-3984 or use our contact form.
What is MeRT Therapy?
MeRT is non-invasive and well-tolerated.
Our devices are safe and cleared by the FDA.
MeRT is a drug-free approach that uses magnetic pulses to retrain the brain.
How is Depression Treated with MeRT?
Although medications and behavioral therapies are treatment options for depression, over 30% of patients still experience depressive symptoms after undergoing these conventional treatments. MeRT is a well-tolerated and highly effective approach to symptom relief for those with depression.
Patients with depression have a few markers noted and reported in EEG studies. Generally, there is an in-balance in brainwave activity between the left and the right hemispheres of the brain: this is known as asymmetry.
MeRT combines rTMS, an FDA-cleared treatment for depression, with qEEG and EKG recordings to identify these asymmetries and strengthen brainwave activity with the goal of reducing symptoms of depression.
During MeRT treatment, patients recline in a treatment chair. A TMS magnet is positioned over the patient’s head to deliver an individualized protocol of gentle pulses to specific areas of the brain. Patients report that the pulses feel like taps on the head. Each treatment session lasts about 40 minutes, after which patients can immediately return back to their daily routines, including work and school.
Overall, patients tolerate MeRT treatment very well. The most commonly reported side effects are mild scalp discomfort and mild headache during stimulation, which responds well to over-the-counter analgesics.
If you are interested in MeRT therapy for yourself or a loved one suffering with depression, call Neuro Wellness Spa on 1-877-847-3984 or go to our Contact Us page.
What is Depression?
Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the world. People can experience depression at different levels of severity, and for a variety of reasons. No two people experience depression in the same way.
Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, is characterized by a period of at least two weeks of depressed mood or the loss of interest in nearly all activities. MDD differs from sadness which is a normal human emotion that may temporarily arise following an unhappy event, but passes with time.
Major Depressive Disorder often occurs in tandem with other mental health disorders such as anxiety, OCD or PTSD. It is more than just “feeling sad” or experiencing normal grief following a traumatic event.
Depression may have multiple causes many causes:
- Genetic: Depression, like many other mental health disorders, runs in families. People with blood relatives that have had depression are more likely to have it themselves.
- Biochemical: Chemical imbalances in the brain have long been thought to contribute to depression and are the target of many medication treatment options.
- Environmental: Exposure to stress and situations like violence, abuse, neglect, and poverty all contribute to depression.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Depression manifests itself in a variety of different ways. Not everyone will experience the same symptoms or the same intensity. Some people may only exhibit one or two. The most common symptoms are:
- Feelings of sadness or being “blue”
- Loss of interest in things once enjoyed
- Feeling tired
- Trouble sleeping
- Sleeping too much
- Changes in appetite
- Slowed speech and movements
- Feeling worthless
- Feelings of guilt
- Trouble thinking or concentrating
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, and believe you may have depression, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.
Depression is an extremely common mental illness. In fact, studies have shown that 1 in 6 people will be diagnosed with depression in their lifetime.
Depression is most common among women; 1 in 3 women will have a major depression episode at least once in their lifetime. However, many men struggle with depression as well. Irrespective of gender, depression most often appears in young adulthood, specifically in the late teens and early 20’s.
For more information about the services we offer, including MeRT, contact us today.