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2011: Drug Free Treatment for Depression
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Drug Free Treatment for Depression

FDA Cleared treatment is virtually side-effect free

WINFIELD, Ill., April 18, 2011 – Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in Winfield, Ill., now offers a non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical treatment specifically indicated for adult patients who suffer from Major Depressive Disorder. Specifically, the treatment will target those patients who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from one prior antidepressant medication at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode. Using progressive technology, this new form of treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses magnetic currents to activate certain brain areas shown to be involved with regulating mood.

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), an estimated 15 million American adults are affected by major depression in a given year. Major depression is a medical illness that affects thoughts, feelings, behavior, moods and physical health.

“Depression is a very serious and disabling illness, despite the many options available only about a third of the patients appear to benefit with first line treatments,” says Danesh Alam, M.D., medical director for the Behavioral Health Center of Central DuPage Hospital. “TMS is an innovative approach to treating depression when medication therapy is not helpful or not an option.” Alam has been involved with research in this area since the late 1990’s.

The NeuroStar TMS Therapy® system is the first and only TMS therapy device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of depression. TMS therapy is a non-systemic (does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body) and non-invasive (does not involve surgery) form of neuromodulation, which stimulates nerve cells in an area of the brain that is linked to depression by delivering highly focused MRI-strength magnetic pulses. Patients being treated by TMS therapy do not require anesthesia or sedation and remain awake and alert. It is a 40-minute outpatient procedure that is prescribed by a psychiatrist. The treatment is typically administered daily for four to six weeks.

The Behavioral Health Center of CDH provides supportive and sensitive treatment for adolescents, adults and their families, struggling with a wide range of behavioral health issues, including: mental health concerns, psychiatric disease, alcohol abuse, chemical (drug) dependency and family and/or marital issues. For confidential help or more information, call (630) 933-4000 24-hours a day/ TTY 630-933-4833 for the hearing impaired.

About Central DuPage Hospital (CDH)
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for medical technology, one of the busiest surgical hospitals in Illinois and has achieved Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing services.

CDH is affiliated with other healthcare leaders, including regionally known Children’s Memorial Hospital for pediatric care and, most recently, nationally known Cleveland Clinic for cardiac surgery.

Central DuPage Hospital is an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the medical staff of CDH, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4234/ TTY 630-933-4833 for the hearing impaired.

Christopher King
630-776-5373 (cell)