Boutique psychiatric practices are growing in popularity as patients start to recognize the freedom small private practices have to offer treatments that are truly the best fit for the patient. Large medical centers are sometimes geared towards, research, training and addressing the needs of large patient populations, but small practices with a focused, patient-centered approach have their advantages.
In a boutique practice, psychiatrists use traditional pharmacological and talk-therapy solutions, but are also able to offer advanced treatments where appropriate. Ketamine infusions and the two variants of transcranial magnetic simulation (TMS) are helping many patients who have not had consistent results for treating their depression with medication and talk therapy alone.
Boutique practices can prescribe optimal treatment plans for patients suffering from depression, and can vary the frequency and duration of office visits. Large centers often require administrative approvals for adopting new treatments and modifying proscribed appointment times and their frequency.
Deep TMS and Alternative Depression Treatments in New York City
One relatively new treatment, dTMS, has created an enormous amount of favorable patient and provider feedback. dTMS is an FDA-approved treatment modality for patients who suffer from OCD, depression and other symptoms. Non-invasive, painless and covered by insurance, dTMS has achieved remarkable results for many patients in New York City who have previously had little hope for finding a treatment that would work for them. In some cases, the benefits of dTMS can appear in as few as two sessions, with long-term remission occurring within 10-12 weeks.
dTMS uses magnetic stimulation deployed through a coil that sits gently on a patient’s scalp. The magnetic stimuli reactivate dormant circuits in the brain that regulate emotion and can reverse the negative effects of depression and other symptoms. dTMS is similar to its sister therapy rTMS, but dTMS targets deeper regions of the brain.
The drug Ketamine is also being used by boutique psychiatric practices for treatment-resistant patients. Approved by the FDA since 1970 for treating depression, Ketamine can be administered by a licensed physician. Unlike traditional antidepressant medications, patients report minimal or no side effects with Ketamine.
If you or a loved one is suffering from depression or suspect other forms of mental health challenges, it is advisable to look into the benefits afforded by a boutique psychiatric practice like Amanda Itzkoff MD.