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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Using Magnets to Help Cure Depression

September 27, 2019

Metro Detroit wellness center offers latest advancements in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for those struggling with depression.

By Andrea Walker-Leidy

By Erin Kirkland

Sponsored by i3 Wellness

H3 Emotional Wellness Services is helping patients from Metro Detroit achieve a better quality of life by integrating Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation into treatments being offered for depression and better mental health.

H3 Emotional Wellness Services was founded in 2013 by Rebecca Palen to provide “A Time for Hope, A Place for Healing and A Way to Health.” In 2016, the office grew into a full wellness center offering a range of services to meet needs in every areas of a person’s life: emotional, physical and spiritual. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a part of the center’s multifaceted approach, giving many new hope for the first time in years.

The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System used for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment at H3 Emotional Wellness Services in Detroit.

“TMS creates a magnetic field that focuses on the areas of brain affected by depression and chemical imbalances,” says Dr. Robert Lagrou, H3 Medical Director. “We know that the left frontal area of the brain is the area that is often working slower in patients with depression. With TMS, we can send pulses to speed up those neurons and train them to go faster.”

According to Lagrou, studies show that most patients maintain remission from depression for about a year. TMS has been FDA approved for the past 10 years and data continues to show it as an effective therapy for depression and mental health care. TMS treatments are about 20 minutes, five days a week and requires no pre-or-post care. Most patients drive themselves to and from the appointment.

“Truly the only commitment is giving your time,” Lagrou says. “For TMS to be successful, we see patients for 30 treatments; five days a week for about six weeks. For our patients who have struggled with mental health for years, one or two months of their time is worth the lasting results they receive from TMS.”

Clinical therapist Charan Bashir and wellness coordinator Gabrielle Wittebort model how to use the NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System.

H3 also has TMS protocols for patients with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well depression and addiction. Protocols and research are also being done to help patients with dementia and cognitive issues.

“TMS stimulates the specific areas of the brain that we know are not functioning optimally,” Lagrou says. “It truly works with the brain. From the first visit we are able to map and begin retraining the brain.”

During a patient’s first visit, Lagrou stimulates the hand and thumb using TMS. This mapping of each patient’s brain ensures that the pulses are working effectively and dosing is correct.

“Patients marvel at their first visit when we are able to move their hand and thumb using TMS,” Lagrou says. “The technology is amazing, and the results are life-changing.”

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment at i3 Wellness

Clinical therapist Charan Bashir and medical director Dr. Robert Lagrou model how to use the NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy System used for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment.

H3 looks at the entire person to combine traditional and nontraditional medical approaches not often available within the walls of one office.

“We have seen that many individuals struggling with mental illness have many symptoms and causes happening simultaneously,” Lagrou says. “We are able to retrain the brain using TMS, while offering vitamin and nutritional support with IV therapy and emotional support through our onsite therapy team. These are the building blocks for truly addressing the whole person.”

TMS is currently covered by most insurance, with little to no cost out of pocket for patients.

“Anyone who has struggled with depression understands that sometimes it takes a combination of things to truly recover,” Lagrou says. “I encourage anyone interested or just curious to come in, see the machine and how it works. There’s nothing to lose.”

i3 Wellness

1300 Broadway St., suite 400, Detroit



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1 Comment

  • Yogic Wellness Secrets
    November 15, 2019 at 3:41 AM

    Beautiful detailed explanation. Loved reading the article

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