Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS has offered hope to many individuals suffering with depression who have not had a good response to medications or would prefer to not take medications altogether. There is an exciting new treatment protocol using accelerated TMS that has been developed at Stanford University. The protocol is called the Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression or SAINT-TRD. This protocol gives a total of 50 TMS treatments over the course of 5 days. Each patient receives 10 treatments of TMS per day over about 10 hours each day. The initial trial enrolled 21 patients with severe major depression and suicidal ideation. These individuals were treated with the SAINT-TRD protocol. At the end of the week of treatment over 90% of these individuals had remission, not just improvement but full remission of their depression and resolution of their suicidal ideation. Rejuvenate TMS Atlanta GA is excited to offer this new accelerated TMS treatment.
The Stanford University study demonstrated the new SAINT-TRD protocol is a safe and well tolerated treatment that showed results unmatched by any other depression treatment currently available. To help put the potential of this new treatment in perspective, let’s look at what can be expected from taking an antidepressant. Medications for depression can take 2-4 weeks to start working, are only helpful in about 70% of individuals, and oftentimes only improve symptoms of depression by 50-75%. Obviously, this is a far less desirable outcome than what is being achieved by the SAINT-TRD accelerated TMS protocol.
While the SAINT-TRD accelerated TMS protocol is still undergoing randomized clinical trials, the initial trial showed extremely positive results. Because of the exciting potential of the new TMS treatment protocol, Rejuvenate TMS Atlanta GA is offering this accelerated TMS treatment for individuals suffering with major depression. If you are interested in learning more about TMS treatment at Rejuvenate TMS, please contact us by phone or email or by filling out our contact form on the website.