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Serenity Has Been Accepted into NeuroStar TMS’s BMGP

Serenity is thrilled to share that our clinic has been accepted into NeuroStar TMS’s BMGP (Better Me Guarantee Program) as a BMGP Preferred Provider!!!

Neurostar’s network of “Better Me Guarantee Providers” is a group of practices committed to meeting the highest in patient care and quality standards, developed in collaboration with medical experts, attending Neurostar University training, demonstrating prompt response times to patients and advising clients through education about the benefits of a full course of NeuroStar treatment. Serenity is one of two clinics in Minnesota with this recognition!

In Other News…

NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy Receives FDA Clearance as a First-Line Add-On Treatment for Adolescents with Depression!

Approved for Ages 15 and up! Yes, it is totally safe for Teens with Treatment Resistant Depression, Anxious Depression or OCD to undergo TMS!

What is Treatment Resistant Depression?

Treatment resistant depression is depressive symptoms that do not clear up or resolve with the assistance of therapy and medication management alone… or perhaps after multiple trials of medication, you are still experiencing depressive symptoms like sadness, loss of motivation, low energy, loss of interest, and problems with focus and concentration, and sleep and appetite.

What is Anxious Depression?

Anxious depression is generally applied to cases where the patient has been diagnosed with depression, in addition to symptoms of anxiety. Research has shown that many cases of major depression include symptoms of anxiety, as well. Anxious Depression is composed of the shared symptomatology of both anxiety and depression. As such, anxious depression is shaped by anxiety symptoms included in the DSM definition for major depression.

The following depressive symptoms are indeed also found among anxiety disorders:

  • Restlessness. Depression can be marked by an inability to relax, and nervousness, excessive worrying, and being overwhelmed by one’s own concerns.

  • Easily Tired. Depression commonly induces feelings of lethargy, grogginess, and a general lack of energy. The individual constantly experiencing such heightened alertness, can be quite draining.

  • Sleep Disturbance. As a result of either depressed mood or continued, adverse arousal, individuals can find it difficult to fall or remain asleep. This can result in hypersomnia or insomnia, all of which can greatly affect functioning.

  • Irritability. Children and adolescents with major depression often exhibit irritability, and not sadness. This tendency to lash out and lose one’s patience can also stem from the hyperarousal that characterizes anxiety disorders.

  • Difficulty Concentrating. Depression can contribute to a loss of focus. feeling more easily distracted. Patients with anxiety have similarly reported difficulty regarding concentration, as their heightened awareness of possible threats in their environment causes interference in absorbing their surroundings.

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental health condition defined as a combination of anxiety-inducing thoughts or Obsessions and compensatory behaviors, called Compulsions. OCD can be time-consuming, create significant distress on the individual facing it, and take a toll on family and friends.

The condition’s two main components are ruminative thoughts (“Obsessions”) and the actions meant to soothe them (“Compulsions”).

Obsessive Thoughts: OCD usually arises from distressing, repetitive thinking. Common categories that fuel OCD-related anxiety include:

  • Cleanliness and fear of contamination.

  • Worrying about disastrous events.

  • Focusing on organizing, counting, symmetry, or “just right” thinking.

  • Taboo thoughts or mental rituals.

Compulsive Behavior: When battling OCD, many patients develop compulsive, ritualistic behavior as a way to suppress their stressful thought content – for example, excessive hand washing.

While these compulsive behaviors are meant to help reduce anxiety, in time they are incorporated into the individual’s obsessive OCD patterns, until they begin inducing stress themselves. This creates a cycle of thoughts and actions that exhaust the individual experiencing them, causing them a great deal of despair.

When therapy approaches like CBT or Exposure therapy and/or medication trials don’t prove effective, TMS treatment is a FDA-cleared viable option to treat OCD. TMS is completely safe to combine with therapy techniques and well as medication regimens. You do not have to discontinue therapy or medications to complete TMS treatment.

If you or your teen is interested in their eligibility for TMS treatment, reach out to schedule your free consultation with Serenity today!! 952-546-2200 or


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