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Depression Treatment | Braincare Performance Center Carlsbad

Our innovative, drug-free, non-invasive depression treatment can relieve your symptoms — even if you haven’t responded to other treatments.
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Innovative Depression Treatment at BrainCare Carlsbad

This non-invasive, drug-free treatment can relieve your symptoms, even when your depression hasn’t responded to other treatments.

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Do you or someone you know struggle with depression that doesn’t respond to traditional treatments? You’re not alone, and there is hope.

At BrainCare Carlsbad, we specialize in innovative treatments that have brought relief to many patients who haven’t found success with other methods. 

Our primary focus is on two groundbreaking therapies, Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT), which are designed to treat various forms of depression. 

What sets these treatments apart? They’re drug-free, non-invasive, and known for their gentle yet effective approach. Patients often experience lasting results, and some even discontinue their medications entirely after treatment. 

We understand how challenging and disheartening it can be to live with depression that persists despite traditional treatments. That’s why we’re here to offer a new ray of hope with rTMS and MeRT — a path to the relief you’ve been looking for.
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Depression is more than just a mood. It’s a neurological condition that significantly impacts how your brain functions. 

Imbalances in neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine can lead to the pervasive symptoms of depression. 

This image illustrates how depression alters brain activity and chemical balance, leading to the challenges you face every day. 

Fortunately, your brain can often repair itself. This concept, known as neuroplasticity, refers to how the brain can change, reorganize, or grow neural networks.

Our depression treatments (MeRT and rTMS) work directly on those neural networks to improve your symptoms and bring you relief.
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Depression changes your brain, decreasing nerve activity in the areas responsible for regulating your mood. 

Depression changes your brain, decreasing nerve activity in the areas responsible for regulating your mood. 

At BrainCare Carlsbad, we harness the power of magnetic stimulation to relieve your depression symptoms.

• rTMS uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, improving symptoms of depression. Read more about rTMS here.
• MeRT, on the other hand, is a personalized form of treatment that tailors the approach to your unique brain wave patterns. Read more about MeRT here.

MeRT and rTMS use magnetic impulses to stimulate the underperforming brain areas and restore normal nerve activity. As your brain function improves, so does your depression.

“For anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, and other symptoms, I highly recommend the Brain Treatment Center. My adult son, who has suffered from both problems his entire life, and has been on medication, realized a positive change after the first visit. We saw dramatic improvement after each visit.” – Harol

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Our Depression Treatment Protocols: A Step-by-Step Journey to Wellness
Your journey to recovery is carefully planned and executed. It starts with a thorough evaluation, then a consultation, followed by a tailored treatment plan. 

1. During your first appointment, we perform a qualitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) to map your brainwaves and identify dysfunctional areas. At the same time, we do an electrocardiogram (EKG) to compare with your qEEG.  

2. At your second appointment, your provider reviews your test results with you and discusses your treatment plan. If you decide to move forward, we schedule your rTMS sessions.

3. After every two weeks of treatment, we perform another qEEG and EKG to see how your brain is responding. We then book additional treatments in two-week intervals if your symptoms and brainwave patterns improve.

We understand these are relatively new treatments, and you may have many questions. Rest assured, both rTMS and MeRT are FDA-approved, non-invasive, and have minimal side effects.

“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 better understand what was going on in my head. After a month of treatment, I was grateful to be depression-free and medication-free for the first time in my life.” – Patient after Depression Treatment

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Studies on the Effectiveness of rTMS for Depression Treatment

Many studies have shown the effectiveness of rTMS in reducing depression symptoms. Here are three of the most recent:

• A 2023 meta-analysis of randomized sham-controlled trials found that rTMS was significantly more effective than its sham counterpart in treating Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD) in patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) who had experienced two treatment failures.

“The results of this meta-analysis… proved that rTMS treatment may be used effectively in the treatment of TRD, as it offers the possibility of achieving not only a symptomatic response, but also a complete remission in patients, who respond well to the treatment.”

• An October 2022 meta-analysis studied 65 randomized controlled trials, gathering data from nearly 3,000 patients. They confirmed that rTMS is effective in treating depression symptom reduction, response, and remission.

“In summary, our results are clinically relevant and support the use of rTMS as a non-invasive and effective treatment option for different levels of treatment resistant depression.”

• A June 2022 review of 17 randomized controlled trials showed rTMS to be effective, safe, and well tolerated in depression treatment, with significant symptom relief.

“For patients with TRD, rTMS appears to provide significant benefits through the reduction of depressive symptoms…”

Is Our Depression Treatment Right for You? Answer These Questions:

    • Have you taken more than one antidepressant medication?
    • Do you have trouble tolerating the medications you take?
    • Are the side effects of your current treatment more significant than the benefits?
    • Have drugs or psychotherapy been ineffective in treating your depression?
    • Are your depression symptoms significantly impacting your life or ability to work or study?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a great candidate for rTMS or MeRT treatment. 

Don’t let depression control your life any longer. Contact our New Patient Coordinator today for a free consultation and discover if rTMS or MeRT can help you reclaim your happiness.