New Treatment Described at Lunch & Learn Program

Tim BowlesOn March 13, more than 100 people attended “YOU Matter,” the first in a three-part Lunch & Learn series hosted by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

Tim Bowles, senior administrator for the TTUHSC Department of Psychiatry in Amarillo, was the featured speaker. His presentation, titled, “Depression & Treatment Innovation,” enlightened the audience about brain functioning and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), an innovative treatment coming soon to the area.

Bowles said TMS is primarily used in the United States as a treatment for refractory depression. However, he added, TMS is effective in treating other mental health related conditions and there also is evidence that suggests TMS can create new neural pathways that lead to better cognitive functioning.

According to Bowles, the treatment is FDA-approved and is covered by many insurance companies. He said the TMS also shows promise in treating those with post-traumatic stress syndrome, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and more.

“The new protocol will treat patients with high anxiety or medicine-resistant depression and promises to result in up to 80 percent of patients heading towards remission,” Bowles said. “The department hopes to begin treating patients as soon as June with this extraordinary new machine.”

Laura Bush Institute TableAngela Knapp Eggers, senior director for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health in Amarillo, said Bowles’ department will be the beneficiary for Power of the Purse, the institute’s biggest annual event that is scheduled for April 11. Those proceeds are designated for the purchase of a TMS machine that will be used on the Amarillo campus.

“The Laura Bush Institute strives to benefit internal departments at TTUHSC with exemplary processes or programs that will benefit both women and their families,” Knapp added. “The potential for pivotal patient results with the TMS machine is beyond exciting, and the future is hopeful with more protocols and treatments down the road.”

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