Tired of feeling down and nothing seems to help? Manlove Brain + Body Health offers latest treatment options

Manlove Brain Body Health

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -Manlove Brain and Body Health’s website reports that recent studies show 30 percent of people who suffer from depression are not helped by antidepressant medication.

If you have tried four types of antidepressant medication and they have failed to relieve your symptoms, it is probable that you are experiencing Treatment Resistant Depression.

Manlove Brain + Body Health is the only treatment center in South Dakota to offer both Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Ketamine as treatment options for Treatment Resistant Depression.

TMS can be used to treat depression and anxiety. TMS is a series of magnetic pulses that are sent through the skull and about two to three inches into the brain.

Dr. Stephen Manlove, Founder of Manlove Brain + Body Health and an expert in brain health, explains the science behind TMS. “If we do two centimeters [on the] dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, then we can begin to affect things under that area. That is the part of the brain where we are connecting the frontal lobes to the limbic system or the middle of the brain. And we feel we have lots of good evidence that this is the part of the brain that is not working right when people are depressed. And there’s also good evidence that this part of the brain actually atrophies. In other words, shrinks when people are depressed. And there’s also good evidence that if we can stimulate that [part of the brain with TMS] we see that part of the brain that was atrophied can become normalized again.”

Manlove describes what patients undergoing TMS should expect. “So, I tell people that it does not need to hurt. It shouldn’t hurt. If it hurts, we can make that better. It’s a little like a tingly feeling. It’s slightly sharp, but again, it shouldn’t be painful.”

Ketamine is also an option for treating severe depression and anxiety for people that have not found relief with other medications. Manlove says, “Ketamine is extraordinarily effective for severe depression, suicidality, anxiety, and PTSD.” Ketamine is a drug that is administered either intranasally, intramuscularly, or intravenously.

Manlove explains that the two most common neurotransmitters in the brain are glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter, and GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter. He says, “And the balance of these two is important as far as a lot of mental illness, anxiety, depression, mania, those sorts of things. With ketamine we are affecting the receptor that manages glutamate. When people get ketamine…it triggers increased neuronal growth.”

With ketamine, patients can expect the treatment to last 30 or 40 minutes, but will need to plan on being at the clinic for two hours which includes observation time. Manlove says, “We expect people to have a dissociative experience. People will feel like they’re disconnected from their body. It’s not actually necessary to have dissociation in order to have improvement. But we aim for that because we know if they’re dissociating, it’s really getting into their brain and we know that it needs to be in their brain to work.”

Sarah Rogers, TMS and Ketamine technician, says that they results are amazing. “We’ve seen really good results with TMS. I would say that we have a 70 percent response rate. Just overall, people seem to be responding really well to it.”

The results are very similar with ketamine. Rogers continues, “We’ve seen a lot of good results with ketamine.” The results for ketamine are also about 70 percent response rate. “The advantage to ketamine is that we tend to see results very quickly, whereas TMS, we see results that are very long lasting. So they kind of tend to compliment each other a lot.”

In addition to offering the latest in treatment options, Manlove Brain + Body Health has also added brain health coaching to their long list of services. Manlove emphasizes the importance of lifestyle and how it can affect brain health. Whatever you do to your body, you are also doing to your brain.

Manlove says, “I just see people’s emotional state becoming so much better if their brain health is better. So we have five things that we really push on behaviorally with people. They are exercise, diet, meditation, socialization, and sleep. I feel like if we can get people doing those behaviors well, we are going to see a very, very low relapse rate in the people we treat or people won’t get sick in the first place.”

Jodi Thom, Certified Health Coach, says, “When people hear that our patients have only a 10 percent relapse rate compared to the average depression relapse rate of 40-50 percent, they want to know what we are doing differently. Focusing on customized lifestyle improvements that will facilitate brain health is one of the main factors that helps our patients get sustaining relief for their unique mental health condition. As a health coach, I work to bring people full-body health through lifestyle changes. I encourage adequate sleep, regular exercise, changing one’s diet, and changing the way one thinks about food and nutrition overall. My goal is to make people feel the best they can depending on their individual needs and to lead them to live full, healthy lives.”

Dr. Manlove and his incredible staff are passionate about the patients and helping them find the right course of treatment for each individual. He says, “It’s a ball. I have had so much fun with it. Every day when I see patients, people will say to me that their life is different as a result.”

For more information, visit their website here, or call (605) 348-8000 to schedule an appointment.




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