A Revolutionary New Approach to Treat Depression
and Major Depressive Disorder – An FDA-Approved Brain Therapy
Depression can be hard to treat. But don’t give up. You may have just found the solution you’re looking for.
It’s called MeRT, or Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. And it’s helped hundreds of people from all walks of life to feel alive again.
Simply stated, we use a magnetic field to stimulate and balance brain function, guided by very sophisticated imaging and diagnostics.
“This has been used successfully to treat Depression, particularly when medications have not helped or caused side-effects not easily tolerated”
The patient’s initial tests are analyzed very carefully as to the brain’s pattern of function and activity. Then, through this detailed analysis, we can determine the correct neural synchronization. This information is then used to devise a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication.
I felt like I was alone even though I was surrounded by love and care. It was just a cloud that would linger over my life every now and again. The Brain Treatment Center helped me understand what was going on in my head and after a month of treatment, I was grateful to be DEPRESSION-FREE and MEDICATION-FREE for the first time in my life.”— MeRT Patient
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Learn about MeRT (Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy) Which is Changing Lives
MeRT, which stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy, uses a magnetic field to stimulate and balance brain function, guided by sophisticated imaging and diagnostics. It is completely non-invasive and drug-free.
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS, an FDA cleared therapy),
- Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), and
- Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
to analyze and formulate treatments tailored to each patient’s unique brain pattern.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an FDA-Cleared Treatment for Depression and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This treatment is non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical and has helped those who have not responded well to medications.
The MeRT process is much more evolved than standard TMS treatments since it is not a “one size fits all” approach, and is highly individualized as to both frequency and location. This scientific approach is unique to each person.
According to the Mayo Clinic, more than three million people are diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder every year. They also report that new research is confirming that factors that may contribute to Depression do cause changes in brain function including the altered activity of certain neural circuits in the brain.
Depression and EEG Studies
Patients who are clinically depressed have markers that are visible in their EEG studies. What is generally seen is an imbalance in brainwave activity between the left and right hemispheres, which is called asymmetry. The MeRT protocol identifies the asymmetry by strengthening the brainwave activity which can reduce depression symptoms.
The patient’s qEEG is analyzed to identify the brain’s wave pattern of function and activity. Through these detailed test results, Dr. Geraci can determine the best protocol to achieve neural synchronization.
The treatment plan is highly individualized for each person, with the purpose of improved brain communication. This can lead to significant clinical improvements, and many are able to go off of their medications.*
I’m back! I was depressed, mean, and short-tempered. I pushed through my life filled with frustration and a deep sense of sadness that this was it. I’m so glad I was wrong. I think my direct reports and family are even more thankful. This treatment changed everything, and I am forever thankful.”— 41-year-old male after going through 6 weeks of MeRT treatment
* Results are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual user and are not guaranteed.
“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 for 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
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Psychiatric News Article Promotes the Benefits of TMS for Depression
TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) is a key component of MeRT treatment for depression.
And an article in the October 2022 issue of the Psychiatric News provides evidence that TMS should be considered as first-line treatment for moderate-to-severe Major Depressive Disorder.
The article’s author, Richard A. Bermudes, wrote:
As I read the [APA] guidelines recently and considered the number of new outcome studies conducted with TMS, I believe TMS should be considered in addition to pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy as a first-line treatment for patients with moderate to severe major depressive disorder.”
He goes on to write about the effectiveness of TMS:
Ten articles were included in the analysis (six high grade and four lower grade) that demonstrated a 95% response rate and 63% remission rate in subjects who received TMS as a first-line treatment in the current episode.”
You can read the article in full on the Psychiatric News website.
Depression can be debilitating and affect the quality of life and even the ability to function normally. It can be brought on acutely by a specific situation such as the death of a loved one or physical or emotional trauma, but it can also have unknown causes and be chronic.
Depression can be a serious illness. In fact, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and has been on the rise for teens and adults. Up to 7.4% of teens between grades 9-12 reported that they have attempted suicide at least once in the last twelve months.
Getting the right kind of help for Depression can literally be a matter of life and death. If you are feeling suicidal, please call 911. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Symptoms can vary from person to person based on severity and can range from mild to severe. These symptoms can include:
- Loss of interest in activities and relationships
- Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
- Loss of sex drive
- Insomnia, or sleeping too much
- Emotional outbursts, even over insignificant matters
- Chronic mental and/or physical exhaustion
- Changes in appetite
- Increased anxiety
- Agitation or restlessness
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Low self-esteem
- Short-term memory loss
- Inability to think straight
- Fixating or ruminating on failures or past events
- Physical symptoms such as back pain, neck pain, or headaches with no known cause
- Chronic feelings of unhappiness
- Feeling “numb”
- Feelings of isolation
- Thoughts of suicide
- Attempts at suicide, or death by suicide
Think you might have Major Depressive Disorder?
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Life can be Better. There is Hope.
For me, depression was the constant feeling of, ‘I want to quit’ and retreat to my home, except I already would be home. MeRT helped me shed this feeling in less that 2 weeks. I couldn’t believe I had spent so many years feeling this way!” — Brain Treatment Patient
Starting as a New Patient for Depression Treatment
Starting as a new patient at Summit Brain Health initially involves two appointments, both of which are about 45 minutes to an hour in length. Your first appointment is when your testing takes place, and the second appointment is when you have your consultation with Dr. Geraci.
At the first appointment, we will collect your new patient paperwork, and our neurotechnician will complete your qEEG and EKG testing. During this test, we place a cap on your head to measure the electrical activity in your brain and map out any areas not performing as they should. We also place a lead on your chest to capture the EKG data.
This testing is simple and painless, and we perform it right here in our office, then send the data to our scientists and clinical teams. They, along with Dr. Geraci, carefully analyze the test results to identify any dysregulation occurring in the brain. Based on their analysis, we develop a treatment plan customized to your specific condition and schedule your assessment period of treatment.
Consultation and Treatment
Your second appointment, after your qEEG/EKG, is a consultation with Dr. Geraci. He will be able to answer any questions that you may have and let you know more about what to expect during your treatment. He will also go over your medical history, along with symptoms.
Treatment occurs Monday through Friday and each session lasts 30-45 minutes. A repeat qEEG is performed after every 10 treatments. Dr. Geraci will review the results of your updated qEEGs and also discuss any clinical changes.
If you are a patient who will be traveling from out of town, we aim to schedule your qEEG/EKG on a Friday, then schedule your consultation and first treatment session for the following Monday.
For patients who prefer to have their first and second appointments before deciding to move forward with treatment, we are happy to work with you on this.
Most conditions treated with MeRT provide noticeable and long-lasting results after six weeks of treatment. However, each patient is different, and results may vary.
MeRT Treatment Featured on The Broken Brain Podcast
Mark Hyman, M.D., is an esteemed functional medicine physician and best-selling author. He founded the Cleveland Clinic Functional Medicine Clinic and created an ongoing podcast called The Broken Brain. This podcast focuses on anything that could affect the brain and overall health, from diet to sleep to therapy.
MeRT was featured on an episode of The Broken Brain as an exciting new treatment for patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and major depressive disorder.
Dr. Erik Won from the Brain Treatment Center speaks about using MeRT to treat members of the military who have had traumatic brain injuries or concussions, or who have experienced PTSD as a result of their experiences. He highlights the many incredible successes of using this treatment.
If you or someone you know has experienced conditions such as PTSD or major depression, we highly recommend you listen to this presentation.
Insurance Coverage and Payment Options
We do not accept insurance at our clinic, nor do we file it on your behalf. We are happy to provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment period so that you can submit it to your insurance company to see if they will provide any reimbursement.
Currently, the equipment used with the MeRT process has been FDA-cleared for the treatment of Depression and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
Please note, however, that neither Medicare nor Medicaid offer any reimbursement coverage for MeRT treatment.
We take all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
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Life can be frustrating and isolating for those affected by brain disorders—and their loved ones. In fact, many have lost hope for any relief. However, there IS hope: MeRT has helped many patients restore their brain function, reclaim their lives, and feel passionate about living again.
We understand what you may be experiencing, and our goal is to help guide you through the healing process. To that end, we will provide you with quality care in a warm and compassionate environment.
It’s important to note that many of the clinicians and technicians employed by various clinics that offer MeRT have gone through treatment protocols themselves and have realized first-hand what the treatment has done for them. As a result, they are passionate about helping you to heal.
Our New Patient Coordinator is available to answer questions about how MeRT can help you or your child. During your call, she’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, explain costs, and put your mind at ease. She can also assist you in getting scheduled should you decide to move forward with treatment.
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