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"The Dr. Oz Show" Introduces TMS, a New Treatment for Depression PDF Print E-mail
2012-03-19 00:14:19
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2012) -  On March 14, 2012, nationally-known Dr. Mehmet Oz introduced the audience of "The Dr. Oz Show" to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS,) an innovative treatment for depression that is non-invasive and drug-free. Dr. Oz discussed TMS in an episode about exciting new treatments for chronic pain, depression and weight conditions. "I believe this could be an effective treatment," said Dr. Oz. "Why is every psychiatrist in the country not thinking about this for their patients?"

TMS is available in the Los Angeles area at The West Coast TMS Institute, founded and directed by psychiatrist Kira Stein, MD. Dr. Stein uses the NeuroStar® Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy system, demonstrated on "The Dr. Oz Show," which offers state-of-the-art TMS treatment for depression. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved NeuroStar® TMS in 2008 for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from one prior antidepressant medication.

Several medical societies, including the American Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatment have listed TMS therapy in their guidelines for the management of clinical depression that is unresponsive to other treatment.

"Depression, the most common mental disorder in the United States, is a debilitating disease that affects a rapidly-growing number of people. Unfortunately, many people do not achieve sufficient relief with antidepressant medications or suffer systemic side-effects from them" says Dr. Kira Stein. "Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a breakthrough technology that offers a safe, effective and proven alternative treatment to those who suffer from depression. Due to our individualized approach to TMS, about 80% of our patients respond positively, which is a better success rate than that of patients treated with medications alone."

TMS is available by medical prescription only and is delivered under the supervision of Dr. Stein. The outpatient procedure takes less than an hour and is typically administered in the institute's office for five days a week for four to six weeks. "We offer a calm, relaxing environment for patients, who can remain awake during the procedure, listening to the sound of the ocean or watching television," says Dr. Stein. "When the procedure is over, patients can drive and pursue normal daily activities."

ABOUT DR. KIRA STEIN AND THE WEST COAST TMS INSTITUTE

Dr. Kira Stein is a board-certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in the treatment of psychiatric conditions using medication and non-medication approaches. Dr. Stein started the West Coast TMS Institute to help people who suffer from treatment-resistant depression or who cannot tolerate drug-related side effects. Dr. Stein is certified by Neuronetics in the clinical application of TMS therapy, and has completed intensive coursework on TMS at Harvard Medical School's Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation.

Dr. Stein graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She trained at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and was Chief Resident at the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Program from 2000-2001. Dr. Stein has been elected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America® database from 2003 to 2012.

The West Coast TMS Institute offers TMS treatment in Los Angeles at its Sherman Oaks clinic. For more information, please call (818) 855-1694 or visit www.westcoastTMSinstitute.com/landing/OzShow.
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