Depression and TMS: Know the Facts
We all know that depression can deplete your hope, drive, and even your physical energy. All this makes it challenging to take the necessary steps to improve your condition. SuccessTMS understands that overcoming depression isn’t a quick or easy process. However, we are confident that you’ll experience positive results using TMS advanced depression therapy.
Let’s examine some commonly asked questions about depression and TMS therapy:
What Is Depression?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is a mood disorder that has an adverse effect on how you think and feel. It even affects how you handle everyday activities, such as sleeping, working, and eating. For a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, the symptoms must be present every day for at least two weeks.
What Are the Symptoms?
While depression is commonly associated with sadness, different people have different symptoms. Some typical ones include:
- Pessimistic feelings
- A persistently anxious or sad mood
- Fatigue, decreased energy
- Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
- Significant changes in body weight
- Aches and pains without clear causes
Is There a Cure?
Technically, depression cannot be “cured.” However, with proper and continued treatment, like TMS advanced depression therapy, its symptoms can be relieved and the depression can go into remission.
How is Depression Treated?
The treatment for depression involves three factors which are commonly combined with one another:
- Medication — Typically antidepressants, which can take two to four weeks to take effect. Studies by the National Institute of Mental Health show that only a percentage of patients respond to this type of treatment. In fact, according to the organization’s Star*D Study, only one in three people had a decrease in their depressive symptoms through medication1.
- Psychotherapy — Learning new ways of thinking and feeling to change habits that may be leading to depression. The Star*D study acknowledges that although some patients respond to therapy, their depression is not completely alleviated. Also, the longer a patient’s depression treatment, the less likely that the treatment proves useful.
- Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) — This technique of shocking the brain with electricity has been seen to lead to memory loss and other adverse side effects in patients of this procedure. This is typically used as a last resort after standard medication and therapy have proved ineffective.
- TMS — TMS is an excellent method of treatment for patients who haven’t responded to medications or psychotherapy. It’s not only been approved by the FDA as safe and effective, but also is the perfect option for patients who haven’t found relief with other treatments. According to the NIMH, TMS therapy has been proven effective in patients who have not previously responded to medications for depression.
What is TMS?
An FDA-approved therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a state-of-the-art procedure which is used to treat depression in patients. The treatment is safe, non-invasive, virtually pain-free and, most importantly, has incredible results.
How Can TMS Help You?
TMS treatments use magnetic pulses to stimulate the neurons of the brain that control and regulate your mood. Even if you’ve experienced little or no relief from medication or other forms of therapy, then TMS can be the perfect way to help you alleviate your symptoms of depression.
At SuccessTMS, we can help you take the steps to make positive changes for yourself and your loved ones. Our treatment options are available to help you regain control and freedom in your life. To schedule a consultation, or for more information, call us at 561-240-0194. Don’t wait — call now!
1 Al-Harbi, Khalid Saad. “Treatment-Resistant Depression: Therapeutic Trends, Challenges, and Future Directions.” Patient preference and adherence 6 (2012): 369–388. PMC. Web. 13 Aug. 2018.