Greenbrook's Virginia Regional Medical director, Dr. William Sauvé, was recently interviewed on WUSA 9. Dr. Sauvé discussed various topics surrounding Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and what to expect from this treatment. Kristen Berset-Harris, Great Day Washington host, asked Dr. Sauvé if he has seen any changes in patients since COVID-19 began. Dr. Sauvé expressed how this change in the world has affected the number of cases of depression he has seen in the last few months:
"The stress level of the nation is up by easily 15 percent. So many people who are okay but are hurting. Maybe have not been getting treating or may have been getting treatment but not adequate treatment up until now. You add that stress on top of their depression and you see people coming in for additional care or care for the first time."
Dr. Sauvé also explained what TMS is and how it works. TMS has been an FDA-cleared treatment since 2008 and delivers magnetic stimulation to the parts of the brain known to be underactive in people with depression. Dr. Sauvé also describes how it feels to get TMS therapy, how patients are able to drive themselves home or back to work immediately after treatment, and the ease in which patients fit TMS into their daily schedules. Dr. Sauvé says most of his patients watch television, play on their phones, or even bring their laptops to do their work during their treatment time.
Dr. Sauvé additionally touches on insurance coverage. Greenbrook TMS therapy is covered by major insurance companies, including Aetna, Anthem, BlueCross BlueShield, Humana, United Healthcare, and others. Medicare and Medicaid are accepted at various center locations; call 855-940-4867 to find a nearby location or enter your zip code in our center locator. During your consultation, a Patient Consultant will discuss any questions you may have regarding insurance coverage, costs, payments, and reimbursement.
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See the full interview below:
If Covid-19 and social isolation are heightening your symptoms of depression, Greenbrook TMS therapy may be able to help. At Greenbrook, we specialize in TMS therapy — an FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment for treatment-resistant depression and OCD without harmful side effects. See if TMS therapy is right for you by clicking here to take a brief assessment: