Depression, whether it be clinical depression or major depressive disorder, is a serious but very common mood disorder. The symtoms can affect an individual's lifestyle by changing the way an individual feels, thinks, and how they treat others. Depression is more than just feeling sad, but rather it is profound sadness and a sense of dispair. The symptoms of depression usually last longer than two weeks. This is caused by the chemical imbalances in the brain that control our mood. In this area the neurons are most likely pooly functioning which disregulates the communication between other nerve cells or nerve circuits leading to an increase difficulty to regulate our moods. There are many types of depression that develop under certain circumstances such as:
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they reported that Depression is a common mental disorder and that globally, more than 265 million people of all ages suffer from the symptoms. If left untreated, it can lead to suicide and other health implications. Fortunately, depression can be prevented and treated. Health care providers can offer treatments such as behavioral activation, cognitive behavioral theapy (CBT), or antidepressant medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). However, not all of these treatments are effective for every individual even after months and even years of multiple different treatments. This can often lead to treatment resistant depression. In these cases, healthcare providers will typically suggest electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or even deep brain stimulation (DBS) which are both invasive to the body.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a relatively new treatment that is very noninvasive and does not affect the body in the same degree as the two treatments aforementioned above. TMS is FDA approved and is covered by most insurances. The side effects of this therapy is little to none, this includes mild headaches and tapping on a localized location on the brain. If you are interested, click on the services tab on our website to learn more about TMS or you can give us a call to book an appointment.