Restore Brain TMS Therapy for Depression

Restore Brain TMS Therapy for Depression

Major depression is a serious medical illness that affects your  feelings, thoughts, and behaviors and also affects approximately 16.1 million Americans. Depression can cause ongoing sadness that changes how a person thinks, feels, and acts every day.  Most people report that while depressed they feel unhappy, irritable, unmotivated, and unsatisfied.  Depressed individuals often endure a loss of self-esteem, decreased interest in most activities (including ones they previously enjoyed), lower cognitive function, increased lethargy, and excessive guilt.

While medication can help manage symptoms for many people, it is estimated that approximately 4 million patients do not benefit from taking standard antidepressant medication.

Treatment For Depression in Dallas

Depression does not go away without treatment in most people. It is common for depressed patients to undergo several therapies before they find something that works for them.

If you’d like to learn or seek TMS depression treatment in the Dallas – Fort Worth area, the team at Restore-Brain TMS  will be with you every step of the way. We are dedicated to guiding our patients and helping those suffering from depression feel less alone.

Common Treatments For Depression

Medication

There are many different types of medications that may be prescribed to someone suffering from depression. Your doctor can help you determine which medication is best for you, but it is important to take all medications as prescribed while also being vigilant to any side effects. If any serious side effects, like suicidal thoughts, are experienced, it is important to consult your doctor immediately.

Psychotherapy

Also called “talk therapy,” this treatment involves talking to a professional about your symptoms as well as other depression-related issues you are experiencing. These therapies can often help a sufferer better understand their condition, how it affects them, coping methods, ways to support positive thoughts/behaviors, and to help them regain satisfaction.

Brain stimulation therapies

  • TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation)- Usually used for patients who haven’t had success relieving their symptoms through medication or psychotherapy. During TMS, a treatment coil placed on the scalp uses magnetic waves to gently stimulate areas of the brain that are associated with feelings of depression.
  • ECT (electroconvulsive therapy)- Usually used in the most serious cases of depression and when the sufferer is determined to be at a high risk for suicide. The patient is hospitalized and placed under anesthesia for the procedure, where an electrical current is used to medically induce a seizure in the patient and stimulate the areas of the brain associated with feelings of depression.

Symptoms of Depression

Some of the most commonly reported symptoms of depression are:

  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, empty, or sad
  • Episodes of tearfulness, anger, and irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Constant or near-constant anxiety
  • Increased difficulty concentrating or making decisions, and restlessness
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Prolonged fatigue
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

The symptoms above can be mild to severe, but if they are observed for more than two weeks, it is possible that you are experiencing depression.

Types of Depression

There are many different kinds of depression that manifest in different ways. A few of the most commonly recognized types of depressive disorders are:

  • Major depressive disorder- Depressive symptoms that last over 2 weeks.
  • Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)– Depressive symptoms that last over 2 years.
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder– Depressive symptoms that occur in women shortly before their menstrual cycle.
  • Substance/medication-induced depressive disorder- Depressive symptoms that occur as a result of the patient consuming a substance (i.e. illegal drugs, toxins, other medications, etc.)

Causes of Depression

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a naturally occurring illness experienced by many of us, caused by a change in the signals sent and received by brain cells. Depression is often brought on by stress, genetics, hormones, and/or changes in the body’s biochemistry, but the nature of the disorder can cause sufferers to feel isolated, blame themselves, and ultimately have a hard time reaching out for help.

Depression Facts

  • 25 million Americans suffer from depression each year
  • It is estimated that up to 15% of the adult population will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.
  • Over 50 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression.
  • Depression affects nearly 5-8 percent of Americans ages 18 and over in a given year.
  • More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Women are more likely than men to suffer from depression15
  • Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide15
  • Depression has no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries16
  • Researchers estimate that by the year 2030, depression will be the leading cause of disease burden—impact on length and health of lives—worldwide

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