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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is Revolutionizing Depression Treatment
Q & A featuring Manish Sheth, M.D., Ph.D., board-certified specialist in psychiatry and addiction medicine and expert in neuromodulation

The human brain is, among many things, an electrochemical organ. Contemporary psychiatry treats mental illness by modulating brain function using chemical and electrical approaches. Until now, this neuromodulation approach to depression mainly included drugs and sometimes electroconvulsive therapy for medication-resistant depression, both of which involve the risk of significant adverse effects.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) delivers painless high-frequency pulses that penetrate neurocircuitry on the molecular level deep within the neurocircuit of the brain that regulates mood. TMS treatment programs vary according to patient needs and protocols, but generally involve 25-minute sessions about five days a week for four to six weeks. Over time, these pulses increase blood flow, metabolism, and trans-synaptic activity with often dramatic results.

Developed and tested over the past decade, TMS has been shown in over 35 clinical trials to be beneficial for the treatment of acute major depression with very few adverse effects. As a result, TMS is now covered by many insurance providers. To get a more detailed sense about the science and practice of this new treatment, we asked Dr. Sheth a few questions about his experience with TMS.

Webinar Video:
Sovereign Health Introduces Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Major Depressive Disorder is the leading cause of adult disability in America, accounting for $210 billion in economic burdens. The first line of treatment has traditionally been antidepressant medications. The likelihood of achieving remission with antidepressant medications is limited and declines with each successive treatment attempt. Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) offers new hope for treatment resistant depression. FDA approved in 2008, dTMS clinical trials consistently indicate 50 percent remission outcomes, and as high as 75 percent response to treatment. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive, well-tolerated breakthrough in depression treatment. Watch Sovereign Health Group's webinar on TMS featuring Dr. Manish Sheth here:

 NAD:  Sovereign Health's Unique Detoxification Program
Brian Donegan, Nutritionally Assisted Detox Program Consultant
Our NAD program currently operates in our San Clemente location and will soon be opening in Pompano Beach.We arexcited to discuss the Sovereign Health Group's Nutritionally Assisted Detox program, or NAD. This program offers a natural, holistic-based detoxification process that heals the brain and eases withdrawal symptoms from addictive substances. This gentle detoxification process can also help patients overcome co-occurring anxiety, depression, chronic or acute stress, and PTSD.
What is NAD?

Patients in our NAD program receive an all-natural formula directly through an IV, which includes vitamins and minerals that are specially selected to help the brain heal after addiction. Because the nutrients are administered through an IV rather than orally, they bypass the stomach and go directly to the receptors in the brain. This immediately produces palpable positive results, reducing cravings and easing the symptoms associated with withdrawal within just a few short days.
The value of NAD

We have found that NAD significantly reduces cravings and increases our patients' energy levels, mood and concentration. NAD works far more quickly than traditional forms of detoxification, taking only days as compared to weeks or months. When combined with psychological and spiritual counseling (including individual therapy, group therapy or support groups), patients are more likely to achieve long-term sobriety.
Right now, Sovereign is the only large treatment provider offering this cutting-edge therapy to its clients. We encourage questions, comments and conversations about this exciting technology.

Brian Donegan began working at Sovereign Health as an outreach consultant, where he excelled at educating potential clients and professionals on the many cutting-edge treatments Sovereign Health offers. He assisted launching Sovereign's adolescent program in San Diego. In 2014, he became a founding and governing board member for Creating First Impressions, a San Diego nonprofit that teaches life skills, interpersonal effectiveness and job readiness to disadvantaged youth. In 2015, he became the director of operations for Diego Palms Recovery. In 2016, he became the executive director, which allows him to ensure the highest quality of patient care and standards. He is also the Nutritionally Assisted Detox program consultant for the Sovereign Health Group and the inventor of the first NAD topical patches, which help to minimize cravings and improve health conditions with a non-IV amino acid therapy infusion.
Press Release: 
Sovereign Health of San Clemente Now Offers Nutritionally Assisted Detox Services

San Clemente, Calif. - May 27, 2016 - Sovereign Health of San Clemente now offers Nutritionally Assisted Detox (NAD) services for patients.  NAD therapy, a natural detoxification that does not consist of any addictive substances, decreases withdrawal symptoms by 50 percent or more.  In addition, NAD weans the body of dependency in a fraction of the time compared to conventional detoxification, and has been known to strengthen the immune system, reduce anxiety, and improve brain function. 
M E D I C A L  N E W S

California Smoking and Vaping Age Raised to 21

Soon, only those who are 21 years and older can buy tobacco to smoke, dip or chew, or nicotine to vape in the Golden State.

California just became the second state to raise the legal age for buying tobacco and nicotine products to 21, except for members of the military, who can still buy tobacco products at age 18. 

FDA Approves a New Drug to Treat Psychosis in Patients with Parkinson's Disease 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved pimavanserin, the first drug approved to treat psychosis in patients with Parkinson's disease.

C L I N I C A L  N E W S
United by Grief: How Mass Shootings Affect Everyone

As Americans, we have become intimately familiar with mass shootings. It seems as though every month, a new tragedy hits us, sending the country reeling. The consequences of this terrible act have resonated across various groups in society.

Can Trauma Help Us Grow?

We don't have to fight in a war to experience trauma. The number of civilians affected by post-traumatic stress disorder is 13 times larger than that in military personnel. Trauma happens all the time, everywhere and to everyone, including everyday Americans.

F E A T U R E  N E W S

Sovereign Health Group's fifth installment takes a close look at the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) that has recently passed the United States Congress and moved to the president's desk for review. Our article examines the course the bill has taken and the effect it could have on the future of addiction policy in the nation. To read more about "The development of CARA," click here:
4 Common Myths About PTSD Debunked

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), recognizes this disorder with clear diagnostic criteria that include eight different possible characteristics. Symptoms must be present for at least a month.

Learning the '8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise'

There are many ways that someone can invest in their mental health. Whether it be with medication or therapy, taking care of mental health is vital. One way to help with your own mental health is through exercise. You can literally work it out by running it out. 
Mental and physical health are closely tied. Investing in one means investing in the other, which is why exercise tends to be quite helpful in maintaining good mental health. Exercise that follows a routine alleviates stress and anxiety, moderates depression, helps relieve chronic pain and can even improve self-esteem. 

SlideShare - The Sovereign Health Group Presents: Explaining CARA

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) seeks to increase federal efforts to combat addiction in the United States. CARA is complex, but we've broken down the parts of the bill to make it easier to comprehend.

 T E S T I M O N I A L S

Thadius' Review - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Treatment at Sovereign Health 

E V E N T S  A N D  W E B I N A R S

Event: An Update on Smart Recovery 

Presented By Tom Horvath, Ph.D.

SMART Recovery now operates in over 20 countries and recently surpassed 2,000 meetings per week worldwide. Half of these meetings occur in the U.S., and 35 in San Diego County. Developments in recent years include Family & Friends and teen meetings, an expanded list of recovery tools, new policies about addiction as a disease and medication use. Register for the Tuesday, June 21st continuing education and networking event in El Cajon, California here:
Event: Introduction to Neurofeedback

Presented By Maria Spitz, Ph.D.

Neurofeedback, often referred to as EEG Biofeedback or Brain Wave Training, is a type of Biofeedback. The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) states that what distinguishes Neurofeedback training (NFT) from other Biofeedback is that it incorporates behavioral, cognitive and subjective aspects of brain activity. Register for this continuing education and networking event which will take place on Tuesday, June 28th at The Center Club in Costa Mesa California here:

N E W S  A R C H I V E S

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental illness that impacts 6.8 percent of the American population. Although many people believe that PTSD is only associated with wartime trauma, individuals can also develop the disorder due to childhood abuse or neglect, sexual assault, 
The Psychological Toll of Terrorism

"Our stairwell exited out onto that mezzanine level. At that point, I could look out across the plaza at 2 World Trade Center. That's when I realized the gravity of what had happened. I saw dead bodies everywhere, and none that I saw were intact. 

Mental Impact on Refugees Amid Negativity in United States

Currently, 39.9 million people, 12.9 percent of the population, living in the United States are foreign-born, the largest number in the nation's history. The current international, domestic and economic crises have made immigration a divisive social and cultural phenomenon. Many of these refugees arrive with special mental health needs, and the added stressors make matters worse.

S O V E R E I G N  I N  T H E  N E W S

Unlocking the black box of Schizophrenia: When Schizophrenia Resembles PTSD - SARDAA

P S Y C H O L O G Y  T O D A Y

4 Myths About OCD
-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Courtney Lopresti, M.S., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental illness that is experienced by as many as 1 in 100 Americans each year, with roughly 50 percent of these cases classified as severe.  


More Than 'Man's Best Friend'
-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Kristen Fuller, M.D., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

Animals have been domesticated as pets since ancient times - even dating back to10,000 B.C. European art from the 19th century depicts dogs as cared-for members of a household, rather than as possessions.

S O V E R E I G N  U P D A T E S 

Press Release: Sovereign Health to Host Open House for the Chandler Community
O T H E R  R E C E N T  
H E A D L I N E S  O F  I N T E R E S T

"Can Adults With ADHD Really Change" - Psychology Today 


"Mental Health Reform Act of 2016" - National Eating Disorders Association 

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