Dec. 31, 2018 – Those suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders will have a groundbreaking alternative to prescription medication, when NeuroSpa TMS opens the doors to their state-of-the-art mental health spa in the Westshore business district on January 7th.
The NeuroSpa team uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to restore the underactive area of the brain in those suffering from mental health disorders, which affect 1 in 5 U.S. adults in any given year. Most adults with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are poorly served by common medications, which decline in effectiveness each time a new drug is introduced. TMS treats depression at the source and is proven highly effective, without systemic side effects generally experienced with traditional medications. The treatment is covered by most major insurance plans.
The company’s second, flagship location, located on the ground floor of One Urban Centre, next to the Westshore Grande hotel, houses three treatment rooms. A VIP door provides access for patients receiving treatment who prefer privacy, due to the sensitive nature of mental health treatment.
“There is still a lot of stigma around mental illness. That’s one of the things we focus on, trying to provide TMS in a spa-like atmosphere,” explains Dr. W. Nate Upshaw, M.D., Medical Director. “When you walk into our center, you don’t feel like you’re visiting a psychiatrist office. Our patients look forward to coming in every day for a bit of relaxation and to enjoy the unique amenities we offer during treatment.”
Patients can rest assured they are in good hands with Dr. Upshaw, a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has 10 years of experience working with TMS and brain stimulation. Clinical studies have seen over two-thirds of patients achieving response to TMS, but Dr. Upshaw is seeing higher rates.
After operating their pilot location in Citrus Park for just 4 months and seeing the overwhelming demand for pill free depression treatment, Dr. Upshaw reaffirms what he thought back in 2008, when he first started treating with TMS. “This is the future of psychiatry,” he states, “now that TMS is covered by insurance, the time is ripe for this to be a very mainstream treatment for people who are suffering from mental health disorders.”