Gaining in popularity to ensure effective, long-term solutions to many common mental health conditions, integrative treatments marry modern medicine with alternative approaches to health and wellness.
At Earthman Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine, specialist Dr. Brian Earthman utilizes a broad spectrum of treatment options to optimize patient outcomes. This includes:
- TMS (trans-cranial magnetic stimulation)
- Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES)
- Exercise and Physical activity
- Dietary intake modifications
- Intensive outpatient programs such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
TMS is an FDA approved treatment for depression. TMS delivers a series of magnetic stimulations to specific areas of the brain that connect with the areas or the brain that are affected by depression and anxiety. TMS is treatment is performed in the office Monday - Friday. There is no anesthesia or sedation needed for treatment. Patient can resume normal activities such as driving and working immediately after the treatment.
Recently approved by the FDA, the 3 minute theta burst protocol allows Dr. Earthman to deliver a complete treatment in just three minutes. Previously treatment lengths ranged from 19 to 37 minutes. This new Express TMS is revolutionizing the access to and convenience of treatment for patients. Best of all there are virtually no side effects for most patients. TMS is not associated with any weight gain or sexual dysfunction.
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Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)
Utilizing Alpha-Stim™ Technology
CES is revolutionizing the way that anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other conditions are being treated. Many of our patients who have tried other methods have found that the Alpha-Stim™ treatments we offer at Earthman Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine are working quickly and effectively with little to no side effects.
During your 20-minute Alpha-Stim™ session, electrodes from the Alpha-Stim™ unit are applied to the earlobes, which transmit an specific electrical signal into the brain. This signal alters the brain's nerve communication immediately. The result is a more relaxed and alert brain. There is no discomfort, though you may feel a slight tingling sensation. Alpha-Stim™ treatments give you a sense of calmness and relaxation during your treatment session, which continues through your day. The effects are cumulative, so the more sessions you have with Alpha-Stim, the better your therapeutic outcome will be.
The best part is that the Alpha-Stim™ devices are small and portable. This means you can do your treatments at home or your office.
Exercise and Physical Activity
You've probably heard a thousand times that you need to exercise, but here's one more reason: Exercise doesn't just control your weight and protect your physical health. It also offers protective benefits to your mental health. Exercise can be very effective at treating mental health problems.
Dietary Intake Modifications
Your diet directly affects your physical health, and your physical health can undermine your mental health. Unhealthy choices such as excess processed foods, sweets, and foods with a low nutrient value, then, can all undermine mental health. Research increasingly shows that healthy fats such as Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as the fat found in fruits such as avocados, can boost brain power and improve mood.
Other lifestyle choices such as quitting smoking, getting plenty of sleep, nurturing your relationships and limiting alcohol can all help boost you mental health. There's no substitute for good mental health care when you're struggling with behavioral health issues. But your lifestyle really does affect how you feel, and you can become your own best mental health ally by taking the first step toward a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Earthman will work with you to help establish and achieve a healthy lifestyle as part of your overall treatment plan.