What makes us healthy? What makes us sick?

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Medical school professors taught me that everything can impact our health – food, water, relationships, bacteria and viruses – but in the later years the standard way of viewing health and disease narrowed. By the time I discovered functional medicine, or integrative medicine, psychiatry had narrowed its view to two things: chemical imbalances in the brain and psychological issues. Naturally that narrowed our treatments to two things: medications and psychotherapy….

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About Dr. Marilyn Vaché and Austin TMS Clinic for Depression

Dr. Vaché is the Medical Director of the Austin TMS Clinic, Medical Director of Austin Recovery and Chair of the Travis County Medical Society’s Physician Health committee. She is a graduate of the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine, and completed a psychiatry residency and substance abuse fellowship at Stanford. She is board-certified and licensed in Arizona, California and Texas. She is a strong advocate of TMS Therapy for the treatment of depression, and specializes in the treatment of addictions, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric illnesses.

Since 2009 she has been recognized twice by peers as an Austin Top Doc in Psychiatry. She and her staff have also received recognition from patients in on-line surveys: as one of the Top 10 Doctors in Psychiatry, as a Compassionate Doctor, and as an On-Time Doctor. See my colleagues blog, Dr. Kim Cress, College Depression and Anxiety: A Real Problem. 

About TMS Therapy

TMS Therapy or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a breakthrough treatment for depression in which an MRI-strength magnetic creates an electrical current directed over the areas of the brain affected by depression. It is performed in our office under the guidance of Dr. Vaché. Results have been excellent: Two thirds of our patients have had significant improvement in their depression and over half have had complete remission. Side-effects are essentially nonexistent. The typical initial treatment course consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period, for an average of 20-30 total treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Benefits of TMS Therapy

  • Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment
  • Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the blood stream throughout the body. TMS does not have the risk of side effects commonly seen with medications such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, tiredness, or nausea.

Who Can Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Help? 

  • If antidepressants are not working to provide FULL relief of symptoms
  • If too many medication are causing side effects – limiting quality of life
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Weight gain Dry mouth
    • Confused thinking
  • Pregnant or nursing females
  • Non-mental health medications that conflict with antidepressants

We are one of the few centers, www.austintmsclinic.com  in the US to have recorded and published our success rates with TMS Therapy since its introduction in 2008.

Marilyn Vaché, MD
TMS Clinic for Depression, Medical Director
3724 Jefferson Street, Austin, Texas 78731

To learn more about TMS Therapy – visit our website at www.austintmsclinic.com

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