Breakthrough Depression Treatment Can Lift You Out of the Fog
This FDA-Cleared Treatment for Depression and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is Drug-free and Non-invasive
When you have depression, it can feel like you’re living your life in a fog. Everything around you can seem hazy; you can feel hopeless, tired, even like life is no longer worth living.
There are many ways to treat depression like therapy and medications. But some people would prefer not to take antidepressants. And some, even when they do take them, don’t respond well or can’t handle the side effects.
If any of this sounds familiar, we understand. And we know how hard it can be.
But there is hope. Here at MVP Medical Care, we offer an entirely different approach to treating depression. It’s called MeRT or Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. It’s non-invasive, drug-free, and lasting. And it’s helped people of all ages and from all walks of life to feel alive again.
The MeRT Approach to Depression
MeRT uses a magnetic field to stimulate and balance brain function, guided by sophisticated imaging and diagnostics. It has been used successfully to treat depression, particularly when medications haven’t helped or have caused complex side effects. And MeRT is FDA-approved for Multiple Drug Resistant Depression.
So yes, depression can be hard to treat. But don’t give up — you may have just found the solution.
I felt like I was alone even though I was surrounded by love and care. It was just a cloud that would linger over my life every now and again. The Brain Treatment Center helped me understand what was going on in my head and after a month of treatment, I was grateful to be DEPRESSION-FREE and MEDICATION-FREE for the first time in my life.”— MeRT Patient
Life Can Be Better. There is Hope.
Learn How MeRT Treatment May Help with Your Depression. Contact Our Clinic Today.
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Depression Takes Many Forms
Depression can be debilitating and affect your quality of life. Some depression is acute, brought on by a one-time situation such as the death of a loved one or physical or emotional trauma. Depression can also have unknown causes and be chronic.
But whether acute or chronic, depression can be a serious illness. And dealing with depression isn’t something you “put on the back burner:” Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and has been on the rise for teens and adults. Up to 7.4% of teens between grades 9-12 reported that they had attempted suicide at least once in the last twelve months.
Getting the right kind of help for depression can be a matter of life and death. If you are feeling suicidal, please call 911. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Depression, also called Clinical Depression or Major Depressive Disorder, can have a range of symptoms and degrees of severity for different people. These can include:
- Loss of interest in activities and relationships
- Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
- Loss of sex drive
- Insomnia, or sleeping too much
- Emotional outbursts, even over insignificant matters
- Chronic mental and/or physical exhaustion
- Changes in appetite
- Increased anxiety
- Agitation or restlessness
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Low self-esteem
- Short-term memory loss
- Inability to think straight
- Fixating or ruminating on failures or past events
- Physical symptoms such as back pain, neck pain, or headaches with no known cause
- Chronic feelings of unhappiness
- Feeling “numb”
- Feelings of isolation
- Thoughts of suicide
- Attempts at suicide, or death by suicide
If you think you might have Major Depressive Disorder, know that there is hope.
For me, depression was the constant feeling of ‘I want to quit’ and retreat to my home, except I already would be home. MeRT helped me shed this feeling in less than two weeks. I couldn’t believe I had spent so many years feeling this way!” — Brain Treatment Patient
Wondering if MeRT Can Help You or Someone You Love with Depression?
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“Everyone experiences their world a little bit differently.”
“EEGs (electrical pictures of the brain) can tell us when there are abnormalities in neural networks. … And we run that data through a normative database, and we can see, for example, if somebody has an area in the left prefrontal cortex that’s cycling at two Hertz — which means that they may be only processing information two times per second — whereas the rest of their brain may be cycling 11 times per second. That information mismatch may manifest for somebody who has depression. They may lack motivation, feel lethargic, not want to get out of bed.”
But in a different scenario… let’s say it is the visual cortex that’s cycling now at 30 times per second. If you’re scanning your environment 30 times per second, but [are] only able to process it 10 or 11 times per second, this information overload may manifest as anxiety. And it’s not a one-to-one correlation. Everyone experiences their world a little bit differently.
We can look at these signals and find areas that are abnormal, [then we] use this FDA cleared technology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, to navigate to the area that’s not working properly and try to stimulate it and remind it that it wants to fire at a certain frequency and a certain rate.”
– Dr. Erik Won, President of Wave Neuroscience, from his appearance on the Broken Brain podcast
MeRT Treatment: FDA-approved for Multiple Drug-Resistant Depression
Completely non-invasive and drug-free, MeRT combines:
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS, an FDA cleared therapy),
- Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), and
- Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
These steps are taken to analyze and formulate treatments tailored to each patient’s unique brain pattern.
The MeRT process is much more evolved than standard TMS treatments since it is not a “one size fits all” approach. MeRT is highly individualized as to both frequency and location. This scientific approach is unique to each person.
According to the Mayo Clinic, more than three million people are diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder every year. They also report on new research that shows how the altered activity of certain neural circuits in the brain may contribute to depression.
To that end, patients who are clinically depressed have markers that are visible in their EEG studies. We can see an imbalance in brainwave activity between the left and right hemispheres, called asymmetry. The MeRT protocol identifies the asymmetry by strengthening the brainwave activity, which can reduce depression symptoms.
The treatment plan is highly individualized for each person, with the purpose of improved brain communication. This can lead to significant clinical improvements, and many are able to go off of their medications.*
* Results are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual user and are not guaranteed.
I’m back! I was depressed, mean, and short-tempered. I pushed through my life filled with frustration and a deep sense of sadness that this was it. I’m so glad I was wrong. I think my direct reports and family are even more thankful. This treatment changed everything, and I am forever thankful.”— 41-year-old male after going through 6 weeks of MeRT treatment
Depression Treatment with MeRT: What to Expect on your First Visit
Starting as a new patient at MVP Medical Care initially involves two appointments, each lasting about 45 minutes to an hour. Your first appointment is for testing, and your second appointment is for your consultation with Dr. Sosnowski.
We will collect your new patient paperwork at the first appointment, and our neurotechnician will complete your qEEG (quantitative Electroencephalogram) and EKG testing. This test is simple and painless: We place a cap on your head to measure the electrical activity in your brain and map out any areas which are not performing as they should. We also place a lead on your chest to capture the EKG data.
We perform this test right in our office, then send the data to our scientists and clinical teams. Along with Dr. Sosnowski, they carefully analyze the test results to identify any dysregulation occurring in the brain. Based on their analysis, we develop a treatment plan customized to your specific condition and schedule your assessment period of treatment.
Your second appointment, after your qEEG/EKG, is a consultation with Dr. Sosnowski. She will answer any questions you may have and let you know more about what to expect during your assessment period of treatment. He will also go over your medical history, along with symptoms.
The assessment period of treatment lasts two weeks and begins on a Monday. Treatment for the first week occurs Monday through Friday. The second week of treatment occurs Monday through Thursday. We perform the repeat qEEG/EKG on Friday to measure progress.
We closely monitor any clinical changes during the assessment period, and the qEEG/EKG confirms any changes in the brain. The treatment sessions generally last 30-45 minutes each day.
If you are traveling from out of town, we aim to schedule your qEEG/EKG on a Friday, then your consultation and first treatment session for the following Monday.
For patients who prefer to have their first and second appointments before deciding to move forward with treatment, we are happy to work with you on this.
After we complete the appropriate assessment period and you are noting improvements in brain function, we will schedule additional MeRT treatment in two-week intervals. At the end of every two weeks, we will perform a qEEG/EKG to monitor your progress. You will then consult with Dr. Sosnowski to confirm that changes are still showing on the testing.
Most conditions treated with MeRT provide noticeable and long-lasting results after four to eight weeks of treatment. However, each patient is different, and the results may vary.
Insurance Coverage and Payment Options
We can provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment. That way, you can submit the paperwork to your insurance company to see if they can provide you with any reimbursement.
Currently, rTMS is FDA cleared for Depression and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Contact our new patient coordinator to get more information on how insurance might work for your particular situation.
We take all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Care Credit is also an option to assist in financing medical expenses. Care Credit is a separate company from MVP Medical Care. It is a credit card that you can use to cover medical costs and services. Usually, when you go to the Care Credit website and apply, they will let you know if you are approved very promptly.
Contact Our New Patient Coordinator for More Information
We understand that MeRT is a relatively new, cutting-edge treatment, and you may not be sure if this is right for you. But this is not a decision that needs to be made right away or all alone.
Your first step would be a simple phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator. Here you can discuss your symptoms and history, ask all the questions you want, and have her explain the protocols, fees, and details of treatment.
We understand what you may be going through, and our goal is to help guide you through the healing process. We strive to provide you with quality care in a warm and compassionate environment.
Many clinicians and technicians employed by various clinics that offer MeRT have gone through treatment protocols themselves. They have realized first-hand what the treatment has done for them. As a result, they are passionate about helping others to heal too.
Our New Patient Coordinator is available to answer any questions that you may have about how MeRT can help you or your child. She’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, explain costs, and put your mind at ease. She can also assist you in getting scheduled should you decide to move forward with treatment.
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Our New Patient Coordinator will take the time to answer your questions, listen to your concerns, and explain our procedures.