MeRT: A Breakthrough Treatment for Depression
We know Depression is hard, and it can affect people of all ages.
For some, medications can help. But others don’t respond as well, can’t handle the side effects, or just don’t like having to take them.
For those reasons and many more, the Brain Treatment Center San Diego offers an entirely different approach to treating Depression.
It’s called MeRT, or Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy.
Simply stated, we use a magnetic field to stimulate and balance brain function, guided by sophisticated imaging and diagnostics.
MeRT is non-invasive, drug-free, and lasting. And MeRT is FDA-cleared to treat Depression and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
For me, depression was the constant feeling of: ‘I want to quit’ and retreat to my home, except I would already be home… MeRT helped me shed this feeling in less than two weeks. I couldn’t believe I had spent so many years feeling that way.”
There is Hope for Overcoming Your Depression!
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How MeRT Works to Treat Depression
MeRT is a tailored, highly individualized form of TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).
In simpler terms, we use magnetic waves to stimulate specifically targeted areas of the brain that have been found to not be communicating or functioning optimally.
We determine those brain areas by using a qEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram), also known as “brain mapping.”
Here’s why this is so effective: Patients with depression have specific markers, which can be clearly seen in EEG studies. These studies show an imbalance in brainwave activity between the left and the right hemispheres of the brain, known as asymmetry.
With MeRT, we work to identify these asymmetries and strengthen healthy brainwave activity. By doing this, we can reduce depression symptoms and improve your quality of life.
“Everyone experiences their world a little bit differently.”
EEGs (electrical pictures of the brain) can tell us when there are abnormalities in neural networks. … And we run that data through a normative database, and we can see, for example, if somebody has an area in the left prefrontal cortex that’s cycling at two Hertz — which means that they may be only processing information two times per second — whereas the rest of their brain may be cycling 11 times per second. That information mismatch may manifest in somebody who has depression. They may lack motivation, feel lethargic, not want to get out of bed.
“But in a different scenario… let’s say it is the visual cortex that’s cycling now at 30 times per second. If you’re scanning your environment 30 times per second but [are] only able to process it 10 or 11 times per second, this information overload may manifest as anxiety. And it’s not a one-to-one correlation. Everyone experiences their world a little bit differently.
“We can look at these signals and find areas that are abnormal, [then we] use this FDA-cleared technology, transcranial magnetic stimulation, to navigate to the area that’s not working properly and try to stimulate it and remind it that it wants to fire at a certain frequency and a certain rate.”
– Dr. Erik Won, President of Wave Neuroscience, from his appearance on the Broken Brain podcast
Our Medical Director is a Pioneer in MeRT Treatment
A board-certified internist with over two decades of medical experience, Dr. Julie Kim is the Medical Director of the Brain Treatment Center in San Diego and our Cardiff Braincare Performance Center. She also serves as Medical Director for the original Flagship Brain Treatment Center in Newport Beach.
Over the past decade, Dr. Kim has treated over 5,000 patients with MeRT (Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy). In fact, she was one of the first doctors to work with MeRT technology and is the most experienced MeRT clinician in the world.
Because of her expertise and experience, Dr. Kim co-created the initial safety protocols and physician training programs and has worked with Wave Neuroscience to train and support other physicians.
In the past four years alone, she has trained over 100 physicians to interpret qEEG results and use the full MeRT protocols.
Dr. Kim has seen MeRT therapy change the lives of not only her patients but also the community surrounding each patient. That’s why she’s so passionate about bringing this technology to as many people as possible.
Read more about Dr. Julie Kim here.
Our Patients — and Their Families — Say it Best:
For anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, and other symptoms, I highly recommend trying MeRT at the Brain Treatment Center.
“My adult son who has suffered from both problems his entire life, and has been on medication, realized a positive change after the first visit. We saw dramatic improvement after each visit.
“This technology is truly a magic bullet for the right candidate. The staff is professional and friendly. The facilities are equally professional. I would highly recommend the Brain Treatment Center.” – Harold H.
Some of the Benefits of MeRT Treatment for Depression
- Improved sleep
- Better mood and more emotional stability
- More Relaxation
- Reduced pain
- Less Stress
- Increased attention span
- Improved sociability
- More motivation
- Better concentration and focus
- Enhanced memory and mental clarity
- Fewer cravings for drugs or alcohol
- Improved adaptation to change
- Better self-confidence and self-esteem
- *Results vary from patient to patient and are not guaranteed
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The Exact Steps of MeRT Treatment for Depression
We understand MeRT is a relatively new treatment, and you may not be sure if this is right for your situation. However, this is not a decision you have to make right away or all alone.
Your first step is a simple phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator. During this free, no-obligation consultation, you can discuss symptoms and history, ask all the questions you want, and have her explain the protocols and fees. She can also further explain the treatment itself.
Once you’ve had your consultation, if you are interested in taking the next step, we can set up an appointment for a qEEG (a simple, painless, and non-invasive brain scan).
When you come in for your first appointment, we will perform the qEEG and EKG. These tests will help us evaluate brain activity and show us any dysfunction. The qEEG, or brain mapping, is a valuable tool as it lets us customize treatment for YOU.
Our chief neurotechnician performs the qEEG/EKG testing, which takes approximately 45 minutes.
We will also gather your new patient paperwork at this time and get you scheduled for your initial assessment period of treatment.
Clinical Evaluation and Consultation
Following the testing, your second appointment will be a clinical evaluation with Nurse Practitioner Kayleigh Prowse, which takes approximately 45 minutes. You can have this appointment via Telemedicine or in-clinic, whichever you prefer.
During this consultation, Kayleigh will answer all your questions and discuss your applicable treatment plan. You will also have an opportunity to meet with our physician and Medical Director, Julie Kim, M.D.
Six weeks of treatment is recommended for patients undergoing MeRT in order to achieve optimal and long-lasting results. However, prior to committing to the six weeks, we have you first go through an assessment period of treatment to see how you will respond. This assessment period is included in the six weeks of treatment.
The assessment is two weeks long, comprising nine treatment sessions, followed by a repeat qEEG. We treat you Monday through Friday the first week and Monday through Thursday the second week. A typical treatment session lasts about 30-45 minutes.
At the end of the second week, your provider will go over the follow-up qEEG results with you.
If clinical changes are occurring as they should and the qEEG also shows progress, then you will continue treatment. This ongoing treatment occurs five days per week, Monday through Friday. And repeat qEEGs and clinical consultations occur every two weeks throughout treatment.
You should feel the benefits of treatment within a week or two. And because treatment is cumulative, you should continue to note improvements throughout your treatment period — and even for some weeks afterward.
As a note, since we perform treatment on consecutive days, you must be able to stay in or around the San Diego area while you go through therapy.
Also, the potential side effects of treatment are minimal and should dissipate as you progress through treatment. Plus, the effects of treatment generally last a lifetime, though some patients prefer occasional follow-up treatment as needed.
* Improvements and results of MeRT are based on strict and active observation of our treatment protocols. Results may vary based on each person and are not guaranteed.
We are an in-network provider with TRICARE. Therefore, if you have TRICARE insurance, it is possible that your policy may provide coverage for you or a family member, depending on your specific policy and condition. Our New Patient Coordinator can discuss this with you in further detail.
For all other insurance, we are considered out of network and cannot file insurance on your behalf. We can, however, provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment. Then you can submit it to your insurance company to see if they will provide you with any reimbursement.
Currently, rTMS is FDA-cleared for Depression and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.)
Some patients have reported that they have been able to receive some reimbursement for EEGs or clinical evaluations. However, this depends on their health coverage. Additionally, Medicare patients have reported that their coverage provides no reimbursement for MeRT.
We take all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Care Credit is also an option to help finance medical expenses and is a separate company from The Brain Treatment Center San Diego. This is a credit card you can use to cover medical expenses and services. And they typically offer zero-interest financing for 12 months.
When you go to the Care Credit website and apply, they will rapidly let you know if you receive approval.
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It’s normal for patients and their families affected by neurological conditions to feel frustrated and isolated. After all, many have lost hope that treatment can improve the condition. And we have some understanding of what you may be going through.
However, there is hope. MeRT has helped patients restore their brain function, reclaim their lives, and feel passionate about living again.
That’s why we want to help guide you through the process so that you can make an informed decision about whether MeRT is the right treatment.
It costs nothing to call us and talk about what is happening. Our New Patient Coordinator is here for you.
She understands your pain and can answer all your questions. Additionally, she can explain the process and protocols, costs, possible insurance benefits, and any other details you want to know.
During this no-obligation consultation, she will take all the time you need to know whether you should take the next steps.
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Life Can Be Better
You can be at peace and enjoy life. With so many successful treatments for Depression, we encourage you to explore the possibilities of MeRT Treatment. If right for you, it can have a lasting impact with a greatly improved quality of life.