More than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Almost 1 million people take their own lives each year. For every person who commits suicide there are 20 or more who make an attempt. (WHO statistics 2012). It affects an individual’s ability to function at work or school or cope with daily life. It affects not only the person with depression but their loved ones too. 

When mild, people can be treated without medicines but when depression is moderate or severe they may need medication and professional talking treatments. When depression doesn't respond to talk therapy and medications or if some one cannot tolerate medications, it is called refractory or resistant depression. There is hope for these individuals as science is coming up with alternatives treatments. One of them is called TMS - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation which is the most advanced FDA approved biological treatment available for resistant depression today. 

If you are an adult with resistant depression, now you have access to this painless, non-invasive treatment option at Shifa Health in the Silver Lake area of Everett, 20 minutes north of Seattle, WA. 

Dr. Rozina Lakhani, a psychiatrist at our Everett office is now offering consultations. You can contact us today to schedule and find out if this treatment is right for you or not. Referring providers can download the TMS referral form here.

Typically, patients are treated five days a week for about six weeks. Each treatment lasts 37 minutes and no anesthesia is required. Patients report no cognitive side-effects, and most show significant signs of improvement by the end of treatment.  

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Resources for Psychiatric Providers: Article by Dr. Avery at