Center for Neurostimulation

The Institute of Living’s Center for Neurostimulation treats patients with mental health disorders who have not responded to medications and psychotherapy.

These forms of treatment started with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in 1938, which at times has been viewed as a controversial treatment but now is regarded as one of the most effective interventions for treatment-resistant depression. The Institute of Living has used ECT since its inception and continues to be progressive in the field with refinement of its application. In 2008, the innovative transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was added to our services.    

What Is Neurostimulation? 

Neurostimulation therapies are therapies that modulate brain activity through electrical or magnetic impulses. 

Here are two methods available at the Center for Neurostimulation:

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): Most commonly used for severe depression, but also provides benefits for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues not responding to treatment. While under anesthesia, the patient receives an electric stimulus that generates a controlled seizure that modulates the neurotransmitters in the brain helping to alleviate symptoms. 

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): This newer technology, first FDA approved in 2008, is used for depression. Where electroconvulsive therapy is applied to a general area, TMS uses a magnetic field to activate specific brain circuits linked to depression. TMS does not require anesthesia and has fewer side effects compared to ECT.

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Center for Neurostimulation