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Non-Pharmacological and Natural Psychiatric

Macon Psychiatry offers holistic treatment options for patients struggling with mental illnesses. Here, you can expect comprehensive treatment plans customized for your specific situation.

We understand that traditional prescription medications aren’t a solution for everyone suffering from depression or other mental illnesses. No two patients are exactly alike. That’s why we offer non-pharmacological and natural psychiatric treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, ketamine, and others.

Contact our office to learn more about our treatment options and see if you qualify.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment for depression. TMS has been proven to help patients who aren’t responding well to anti-depressants or other therapy. If you’re worried about the side effects of anti-depressants or aren’t satisfied with the results of your medication, TMS could be an effective option for you.

Macon Psychiatry and Dr. Deepti Bhasin is the only provider in Middle Georgia offering this cutting-edge treatment. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

How TMS treatment works

  1. You’ll recline comfortably in a specialized chair and a small electromagnetic coil will be placed on your head.
  2. When treatment begins, magnetic pulses will target specific areas of your brain. These pulses are proven to stimulate nerve cells that control your mood. Increased activity in this area of your brain can boost your mood and help you experience long-lasting symptom relief. This treatment can take anywhere from 20-40 minutes, depending on your needs.
  3. Once treatment is complete, you can resume normal activities. Since there are no effects on your alertness, you can even drive yourself home.

TMS was featured on Dr. Oz and is researched by the National Institute of Mental Health. You can learn more about TMS treatment here.

What are the side effects?

Some side effects may include scalp discomfort at the stimulation site, headaches, facial muscle twitching, and lightheadedness. Some rare side effects include seizures.

Ketamine Treatment for Depression

Macon Psychiatry offers innovative treatments for patients struggling with depression, including ketamine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a nasal spray Spravato (esketamine) in conjunction with an oral antidepressant for adults who haven’t had success with other types of medication.

How it works

If you are prescribed Spravato, you will administer the nasal spray yourself under the supervision of a health care provider in a certified office or clinic, like Macon Psychiatry. You can’t take the spray at home. During and after each dose, a health care provider will conduct an exam and determine when you may leave the office.

What are the side effects and risks?

During the clinical trials with Spavato, the most common side effects were disassociation, dizziness, nausea, sedation, vertigo, decreased feeling or sensitivity, anxiety, lethargy, increased blood pressure, vomiting, and feeling drunk. It may also impair attention, judgment, reaction speed, and motor skills, so you shouldn’t drive or operate machinery until the next day following a restful sleep.

Do I qualify for ketamine treatment?

Patients that are diagnosed with a major depressive disorder who haven’t responded to multiple antidepressant treatments could qualify for ketamine treatment for depression through the Spravato nasal spray. Contact Macon Psychiatry to see if you qualify.

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