Depression

Our Brain Balancing Program is a Drug-Free Alternative That Can Be Extremely Effective for Patients With Depression

Depression is a very complicated condition and can have extremely serious consequences. Yet most medical providers only offer a trial and error method of treatment using a variety of pharmaceutical solutions. Few provide any real “workups” or screening and most of our patients say that their MDs have performed no lab work whatsoever.

Even if you don’t suffer from depression, most likely you know someone that does: a family member, friend or coworker. Depression was present in my family as well as in family members of some of our other providers. Seeing loved ones silently suffer with depression with no relief from medications, motivated all of the providers at Team Health Care Clinic to search for better ways to help. Because we were living with the issues firsthand, we simply could not ignore these problems, which is why we created a treatment plan for depression called the Brain Balancing Program. This program offers answers and alternatives that go far beyond prescriptions for antidepressants.

Our team of wellness-oriented providers has determined that there are many big problems inherent with a medication-only approach to depression. Our approach is a better alternative and one that could benefit patients who are currently taking medications with unsatisfactory results as well as those who have depression but are not taking medications.

Depression is a widespread issue

According to the National institute of health, depression affected 7% of adults in 2016 alone. The actual number is probably higher because many people suffer in silence, fearful of the stigma that surrounds mental illness. 

This silent suffering can affect every aspect of their lives: jobs, relationships, physical health, spirituality... everything. Tragically for some, the silent suffering and broken spirit results in depression sufferers taking their own life.

Medications do not treat the root cause of depression and cause many side effects

Given how complicated depression is to treat, and the potentially frightening consequences, we were surprised to see how often patients are given a medication based solely on their medical history. We feel that if a provider does not try to find a cause, then there is very little chance of curing the problem.

It’s estimated that 60% of depression medications fail, and the side effects of these medications are considerable: weight gain, fatigue, low libido, insomnia, suicidal thoughts in the young and many more. As if this wasn’t enough, getting off the medication can be difficult because the patient can have terrible withdrawal symptoms.

The key is finding the cause of the depression

Depression has many possible causes. It can be due to physical, chemical, or emotional traumas. It can also be spiritual in nature. Most often it is a combination of all of these. We do not treat all of the possible causes of depression in our clinic, and work only with patients who do not want to pursue a medication-only route. We recommend that all patients continue to seek counseling and spiritual guidance with appropriate professionals. However, our Brain Balancing Program naturally helps the brain to function better, and can be used as a standalone protocol or in conjunction with those on antidepressants, receiving counseling or spiritual guidance.

The first step we take for patients in our Brain Balancing Program is to identify the reasons that the brain is not functioning optimally.

Our testing includes:

  • Comprehensive blood panel of key wellness markers
  • Functional brain examinations
  • Brain nutritional assessments
  • Computerized brain and inflammation screening-
  • Digestive function tests
  • Genetic testing
  • EEG with digital analysis 

Depression is a symptom that a person’s brain is not functioning properly

This is also true for anxiety, memory loss, ADHD and countless other conditions. Therapies designed to help depression fall into one of two categories: 

Ways to improve the chemistry of the brain

These include:

  • Repairing the gut
  • Nutritional therapies
  • Neurotransmitter support
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Detoxification and other approaches

Ways to stimulate the brain

These include:

  • Exercise
  • Brain balancing therapies
  • Gratitude journaling
  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

Tiffany Watson, C.N.P.

Tiffany Watson CNP is the Medical Director of the Brain Balancing Program

Tiffany is a nurse practitioner who has used her training in both traditional medicine and natural functional medicine to help patients with depression.

As a nurse practitioner she is very passionate about helping patients who suffer with depression and other mood disorders. Our Brain Balancing Program is effective because we address brain chemistry and proper brain stimulation. This program was designed to be equally effective on patients currently using antidepressants and those who are seeking a drug-free approach to their depression. 

At Team Health Care Clinic we offer an innovative, drug-free treatment for patients suffering from major depression and other mood disorders called rTMS

This acronym stands for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. There are numerous medical studies supporting the safety and effectiveness of rTMS for major depression. Many major hospitals like the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins use rTMS for depression and brain disorders. It should not be confused with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which uses an electrical current and has potential side effects of confusion and memory loss and can be frightening to many patients.

rTMS treatments are effective and are not uncomfortable for the patient

During the rTMS treatments, a medical grade magnet emits pulses that vary in frequency, balancing the speed of abnormal operating nerves in the brain. The magnet sends a signal that can be varied to stimulate or slow down the nerves in the specific regions. The magnetic pulses have been shown to stimulate sluggish nerves typical in depression patients. The treatment’s success is due to its efficiency in safely sending far more nerve balancing pulses than other stimulation methods. Using rTMS it is possible for patients to experience 30-90% reduction in their major depression in 30 sessions over a period of just six weeks. Science has explained how rTMS works and many research studies have shown that it is effective and safe. Our own patients have experienced dramatic improvements from rTMS treatments.

Patients say that rTMS is a very simple, easily-tolerated treatment that is virtually painless. During treatments they hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation. Many patients watch television or read a magazine during treatment. Some patients report mild discomfort or headaches post-treatment, but are able to resume their daily activities immediately following a session.

“I can honestly say that rTMS has given me my life back and allowed me to get completely off of depression medication. My brain function and short term memory have greatly improved and the results have lasted for almost a year since my last treatment. This modality is truly a blessing and I am so grateful.”

At Team Health Care Clinic we pair our rTMS treatments with EEG technology to make sure they are effective

That’s why we perform EEG-guided rTMS, which means that we assess the frequencies of the brain at 19 locations to determine each patient’s brain pattern. Using this information, we can be certain that we are giving the patients the correct amount of treatment to the specific area of the brain in order to achieve the very best results. We also do repeat EEG’s at the 15th and 30th visit to assess progress.

How does insurance fits into the treatment plan?

The cost of the rTMS treatments is covered by most primary insurance carriers, but only for very specific forms of major depression. For this reason we are happy to work with patients to develop a payment plan for this course of treatment.

If you are interested in getting more information, we invite you to come to our clinic for a free initial consultation with one of our providers

At the consultation you will have a chance to meet the staff, get all your questions answered and at that time we can determine whether you qualify for the program.

Please call us at 763-323-1492 or CLICK HERE to request a free consultation.

Our Brain Balancing Program is a Drug-Free Alternative That Can Be Extremely Effective for Patients With Depression

Depression is a very complicated condition and can have extremely serious consequences. Yet most medical providers only offer a trial and error method of treatment using a variety of pharmaceutical solutions. Few provide any real “workups” or screening and most of our patients say that their MDs have performed no lab work whatsoever.

Even if you don’t suffer from depression, most likely you know someone that does: a family member, friend or coworker. Depression was present in my family as well as in family members of some of our other providers. Seeing loved ones silently suffer with depression with no relief from medications, motivated all of the providers at Team Health Care Clinic to search for better ways to help. Because we were living with the issues firsthand, we simply could not ignore these problems, which is why we created a treatment plan for depression called the Brain Balancing Program. This program offers answers and alternatives that go far beyond prescriptions for antidepressants.

Our team of wellness-oriented providers has determined that there are many big problems inherent with a medication-only approach to depression. Our approach is a better alternative and one that could benefit patients who are currently taking medications with unsatisfactory results as well as those who have depression but are not taking medications.