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We understand that your time is important. Our offices are close to River Oaks and are easy to access from most parts of Houston and both Houston airports.
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The offices themselves are both modern and relaxed. We carefully selected a location that provides for discretion yet still offers state of the art facilities.
Diagnosis usually starts with an hour-long face-to-face meeting with one of our doctors, and often that is all that is needed. However, when more tests are needed, we know what to do.
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Houston’s Most Advanced Treatments for Depression
TMS therapy is a revolutionary new approach to treatment for various neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression, bipolar depression and is FDA-approved for use in major depression. TMS is an important alternative for patients who have been unable to obtain the results they wanted after trying other treatments. One of our founders, Dr. Marangell, was part of the first controlled study of TMS for depression that led to FDA approval.
TMS works by magnetically stimulating targeted areas of the brain that are involved in depression or other disorders. The magnet is like those found in an MRI machine, not one you can buy online or in a hardware store. The magnet is outside of the head but can trigger nerve cells in the brain. Over a course of treatment, the nerve cells regain normal function. TMS is well tolerated and patients go right back to work or other activities after a treatment. There is no problem with memory, sedation or other side effects. Most patients continue to benefit over the long-term.
A course of TMS is expensive, typically over $10,000. Many people find the treatment worth the expense, especially if they stay well and need less medication. Some insurance companies will pay for some of the cost of TMS. If you are a good candidate, we can help work with your insurance company, but you should expect to pay for at least part of the cost.
Spravato (esketamine) is life-saving for people with severe depression who do not respond to other depression treatments. Spravato has been described as the “Biggest Breakthrough in Depression Treatment in 50 Years”. Spravato is now a FDA approved treatment. Brain Health Consultants is proud to have helped prove the efficacy of this breakthrough treatment during the research development and to be one of the first to use the newly available ground breaking treatment.
As of March, 2019, our office has given over 1,000 nasal spray treatments of ketamine or esketamine with patients still on treatment for 3 years who come in for treatment monthly. Our experience is unparalleled.
Psychopharmacology is the use of medicine to treat psychiatric disorders. Most of these drugs are administered orally and are taken on a daily basis. Almost all available FDA approved antidepressants work by altering serotonin, norepinephrine or dopamine, which then cause other effects inside the cells of the brain. When these drugs are effective, the end result is a normalization of brain circuitry and a restoring of the growth factors that keep the brain healthy. We also use medications designed to other disorders but that have been studied and found to be effective in problems like yours. The key is the expertise of our doctors in using these medicines. Our doctors literally “wrote the book”. If needed, we use genetic testing to understand why one medication might be better tolerated or more effective for you.
At Brain Health Consultants, we use therapies that were designed specifically to treat depression and anxiety. A course of treatment for one of these therapies is typically 3- 6 months. We can provide therapy services before, during and after administering our other treatment therapies.
We do not participate in or accept payment from any commercial health insurance plans (including Medicaid or Medicare).
We made this choice because these plans typically limit the types of treatment offered or the amount of time we are able to spend on your care. Payment is required by cash or credit card at or before the time of service. We accept all major forms of credit cards. Assistance is available to verify coverage for TMS.
If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please give us as much notice as possible so that we can fill the time slot with another patient. If you do not cancel within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment, and we are unable to fill the spot, we will need to bill you in full for the missed service.
All services are by appointment only.
We provide an initial phone conversation, free of charge. We believe that we are very good at what we do, but we do not provide the ideal setting for all customers/patients. We value your time and your money and do not want to set up an appointment if you might be better served elsewhere.
Phone and Video Appointment Policy
We prefer that initial appointments be in person in our Houston office. The rapport developed with an in person meeting is an important start to the doctor-patient relationship. Subsequent appointments may be done by phone/video if mutually agreed upon. Standard rates apply to phone/video follow-up.
Do not hesitate to contact us for answers to your questions. We respond to emails and phone calls during our regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Serving Greater Houston, River Oaks, Tanglewood & Surrounding Areas
At every step of your care, you’ll know that you’re more than just a patient file. We value spending the right amount of time with each person and not seeing as many people as possible.
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- Be sure to note which floor you parked on.
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