There is a troubling truth about medications for psychiatric issues.
They don’t always work. Or they aren’t effective in their initial doses. Or they interact with other foods and medications so that patients feel better some days but there are other days it’s as if they weren’t on medications at all.
In fact, even the FDA agrees that useful medications don’t necessarily produce significant benefits at any dose for a majority of people who could use them. SelectinIg a medication among hundreds of alternatives, and finding the right dose of that medication, can be a long process of trial and error.
This is complicated by the fact that medications have side effects.
But Mindful Health Solutions in Newport Beach and other California locations provides innovative pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions for depression, OCD, and other mental health challenges with concern and compassion that begin the moment patients walk in the door.
Mindful Health Solutions offers esketamine nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression
Consider, for example, the latest innovation in relieving treatmen-tresistant depression, esketamine nasal spray.
Some patients don’t respond to any of the SSRIs. They don’t respond to any of the MAOIs. They don’t respond to any of the SNRIs, tricyclic antidepressants, tetracyclic antidepressants, NMDA agonists, or commonly prescribed atypical antidepressants.
Just to go through the list of medications that don’t work for these patients is depressing.
Fortunately, for the first time in 60 years there is an entirely different kind of treatment for depression, esketamine.
You may have heard of ketamine, the anesthetic. Esketamine is a chemical cousin of ketamine. It’s a more potent version of the anesthetic part of the ketamine molecule that works even in low doses. Because esketamine works in low doses, it has fewer side effects.
Ketamine relieves physical pain. Esketamine relieves emotional pain. Some people who have suffered from depression for decades find relief when their doctors give them esketamine nasal spray.
How Does Esketamine Work?
Esketamine, like ketamine, has the potential for changing perception, so it’s a drug taken under direct doctor supervision. Patients schedule a two-hour outpatient appointment to come in and take three doses of esketamine five minutes apart. They stay with the doctor for those two hours to make sure any potential for side effects has passed.
Esketamine gives quick relief of depression. Once the antidepressant effects of esketamine kick in, then other antidepressants may finally work.
People who benefit from esketamine have tried at least two other antidepressants for at least six weeks without significant relief. Their first dose of esketamine gives the chance to know what being depression-free feels like. Then they can work with their doctors to achieve that state more and more of the time.
Mindful Health Solutions is also a leader in TCM, Transcranial Magnetic stimulation
Another therapy offered by Mindful Health Solutions in Newport Beach and other California locations called transcranial magnetic stimulation. or TCM. To distinguish it from Chinese herbal medicine, you may also see the acronym rTCM,.for repetitive transcranial magnetism. Since the magnetic field pulses, it is repetitive rather than a single, continuous application of magnetism.
TCM is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment for supporting healthy brain function. The FDA-approved TCM device uses a magnetic field to stimulate cells in the brain.
The magnet transcranial magnetic stimulation uses isn’t like the refrigerator magnets you may use at home or a souped-up version of the magnets you used for experiments in science class at school. TCM uses strong pulsating magnetic fields to emulate the natural healthy electrical rhythms of the brain.
Reinforcing healthy brain activity complements the medications and psychotherapy you receive to accelerate healing. It helps patients find relief from lower doses of medications which have fewer side effects.
The FDA approves and regulates TCM for depression and OCD.
Wait a minute. Does TCM hurt?
When you get TCM, the doctor or a nurse places a magnetic coil near your forehead. It can produce a tingling sensation. Your doctor will control the strength of the magnetic field generator so it isn’t too loud. The nurse will make sure the tape used to hold the field generator in place doesn’t irritate your scalp.
And your doctor will control the length of your session so it is not excessively stimulating. The objective is to give you normal energy that you can control as the combination of therapies helps you find your best life.
Esketamine and TCM are just two of the innovative therapies offered by Mindful Health Solutions. We are “mindful” of every possible way to help our patients get better. Since we were founded in 2007 by Dr. Richard Bermudes, we have specialized in finding underutilized but FDA-approved treatments that bring our patients to a new level of wellness they have not found before. At Mindful Health Solutions, we are mindfully focused on our patients’ wellbeing.
Is there a psychiatrist near me who offers innovative treatments for my mental health concern?
Mindful Health Solutions maintains a headquarters on Union Square in San Francisco. We recently opened a new clinic at 4100 Newport Place Drive, Suite #730 in Newport Beach, and we will be opening offices in Elk Grove and Roseville.
We have more than 15 locations throughout California. If you are a new patient, call (844) 867-8444 or you can click here to register.