The Brain Lab, a California-based company, offers cutting-edge technology to treat a variety of mental health conditions. Called Personalized repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (PrTMS), this noninvasive, drug-free method addresses mental health conditions right at their source: the brain itself.
“PrTMS is basically a tune-up for your brain,” said Nicholas Mathews, CEO of The Brain Lab. “For people who have tried antidepressants or other medications, but they haven’t worked, PrTMS can offer a whole new lease on life.”
This novel treatment is more important now than ever, considering Americans’ mental health worsened substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Mental Health America, a nonprofit that promotes mental health, more than 50 million American adults suffered from a mental illness in 2019 and 2020.
How PrTMS ameliorates mental health conditions
PrTMS eases brainwaves back into their peak forms, coaxing neurons to fire cooperatively and in the right order.
“Before treatment begins, lots of noise shows up on charts of patients’ brainwaves,” Mathews explained. “This looks like erratic zigzags — deviations from a nice clean curve. With our treatment, the goal is to create a clean peak of brain activity on the EEG.”
Although treatment plans are tailored to the specific needs of each patient, most visit The Brain Lab for several 30-minute sessions over the course of approximately two months. While no sedatives are given to patients during treatments, many people enjoy them as a chance to rest. Patients sit quietly in a comfortable armchair for the duration of the procedure, and there are no electrodes or wires involved.
Which mental health conditions PrTMS can help
While PrTMS has predominantly been employed to combat depression, it can also be used to address anxiety and Parkinson’s disease, as well as PTSD, sleep deprivation, eating disorders, concussion, and ADHD. Even people who don’t have a mental health condition have turned to PrTMS, since it can help improve concentration, mental agility, and higher-order thinking.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the underlying technology of PrTMS “appears to impact how the brain is working, which in turn seems to ease depression symptoms and improve mood.”
“Patients have reported dramatic changes in their quality of life,” Mathews said. “People who used to struggle with depression find themselves becoming interested in new things and start enjoying good feelings again. It’s amazing how these tiny, pinpoint interventions can make such a big difference.”
The effects are usually permanent. In the case that symptoms do reappear, an additional session can quickly return the brain to health.
How to receive PrTMS treatment
Interested in getting started? The Brain Lab is located in Agoura Hills, California. To set up an initial appointment, patients simply fill out the online form on The Brain’s Lab’s website and click “submit.” A coordinator will get in touch as soon as possible to help.
While the intake process is rigorous, it is not time-consuming. The first visit usually lasts approximately an hour. During this first visit, trained staff will assess your needs and gather your own individual brain’s data. Afterwards, technicians will analyze your brainwaves and develop a customized plan to maximize your results. Every patient receives personalized attention and treatments that meet their brain’s exact requirements.
A future free of mental illness — that’s what PrTMS makes possible.