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New Technology Offers Hope for Many with Severe Depression

Pinnacle Behavioral Health is the first local provider to offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain involved in depression. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2008 for difficult-to-treat depression, it’s been proven effective in more than half of patients, but only available at major academic medical centers.

The procedure is simple, but it requires repeated sessions, and any side effects tend to decrease with each additional session. The TMS machine requires 19-minute sessions five days a week for 36 sessions total to be effective. The first noticeable effects begin after 20 sessions. TMS does not require sedation and does not induce seizure.

Rocco Pezzulo, chief operating officer at Pinnacle, which has provided mental and behavioral health services since 2001, says, “Medications work for a lot of people, but there are so many people out there who’ve been on meds for 20 years and are still not well yet, and they’re tired of the side effects.”

Most insurance is accepted. Location: 1 Pinnacle Place, Albany. For more information, call 518-689-0244, ext. 19, or visit PinnacleBehavioralHealth.com.