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If you struggle with depression that won’t go away, you know how isolating and hopeless it can feel. You’re not alone. One in 3 people who suffer from depression will try several antidepressant medications without success. At Atrium Health, there is hope.

Within Atrium Health behavioral health, we have a state-of-the-art program devoted to what is called interventional and neurocognitive psychiatry. These treatments are based on therapies that aim to change patterns of activity in the brain.

When medications and counseling haven’t worked well or even at all, Atrium Health behavioral health interventional and neurocognitive psychiatry can be highly effective in treating depression and other mood disorders. As recognized leaders in the field, our brain stimulation team has the experience and tools to help.

Why choose Atrium Health behavioral health for your care?

We offer our patients:

  • An expert medical team with advanced training in both ECT and TMS. Atrium Health behavioral health clinicians have extensive experience in treating mood disorders as well as in-depth, hands-on training in the use of TMS from nationally renowned physicians who first pioneered its use.
  • Individualized treatment plans. We believe in tailoring brain stimulation services to meet each individual patient’s needs. We also have experience with carefully adjusting therapies based on the way each patient responds to treatment.
  • Expertise in both techniques. Atrium Health behavioral health is one of the few healthcare systems in the region to offer both ECT and TMS. This allows you to work with a single care team to identify the best treatment option for your diagnosis.
  • Easy access to your doctors during TMS treatment sessions. Our trained technicians stay with patients during every treatment, and our doctors are always on-site.

Conditions treated with interventional psychiatry

What conditions does ECT treat?
  • Severe depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Catatonia
What conditions does TMS treat?
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Schizophrenia
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Nicotine addiction

Is ECT or TMS treatment right for me?

Atrium Health behavioral health will partner with you, your primary care doctor and your mental health provider (your psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist) to decide if ECT or TMS is right for you. We work as a team to ensure these therapies are part of your complete care plan. Interventional and neurocognitive psychiatry are often used in combination with other therapies, including:

  • Medications
  • Counseling
  • Exercise
  • Nutritional counseling/healthy eating
  • Group therapy

Learn more about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and modern electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

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