Note: This story has been modified to correct an error. Dr. Michael Notorangelo is a psychiatrist, not a psychologist as the story previously stated.
HARBOR SPRINGS — There’s a new way to treat depression without drugs and board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Michael Notorangelo has brought the treatment to his Hope by the Bay office in Harbor Springs.
The treatment is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS. Notorangelo notes that this method provides a safe, effective alternative for people, including adolescents, with major depressive disorder.
According to U.S. News and World Report, seven top psychiatry hospitals in the United States provide TMS therapy using NeuroStar equipment, including the Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins in Baltimore and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital at the University of California-Los Angeles.
“The first step in treating depression is usually anti-depression drugs,” Notorangelo said. “The problem is, they usually only work about a third of the time the first time they are prescribed. So what happens to the two-thirds of people who are not helped by the drugs?
“Now there is an alternative.”
Notorangelo described TMS as the next generation of depression treatment. TMS targets rapid magnetic pulses at the left pre-frontal cortex or the mood controlling area of the brain. Its use to treat the pain of depression has been proven successful through hundreds of tests over the past twenty years.
Because of the results of the treatments and the extensive testing that has been done, Notorangelo said “many medical insurance policies will cover the cost of the treatments.”
The Federal Drug Administration approved the use of TMS in 2008. Only board-certified psychiatrists can purchase and use the NeuroStar TMS therapy.
Notorangelo’s Hope by the Bay office is located at 229 E. Third St., Harbor Springs.
The practice can be reached at (231) 242-4673 and has a website at www.hopebythebay.net.