Depression is a severe medical condition that lasts from just a few weeks to years and interferes with an individual’s ability to carry out daily tasks and enjoy previously enjoyable activities.
While medication may help control symptoms for many people, some patients do not get the benefits of antidepressant medication.
It is a severe mental illness that affects approximately three hundred and fifty million individuals worldwide. Depression can change how a person thinks, feels, and acts daily.
We understand that while depression may be familiar, it requires proven methodologies to renew life. At Long Island Neurocare Therapy, our TMS therapy approach provides a safe, drug-free path to better living.
Everyone, from time to time, feels melancholy or sad. But these feelings are usually short-term and disappear within a matter of days. However, when you suffer from depression, it may disrupt your daily life and causes pain for you and those who care about you.
Many individuals suffering from a depressive condition never seek treatment. But most, even those with the most severe depression, may get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat individuals suffering from depression.
Depression causes disability in Americans from fifteen to forty-four years old. While treatments for depression may help, the best options of treatments and therapies for most patients may not work for everyone.
Nearly eighty percent of individuals suffering from depression have no other treatment for depression. After two months, symptoms may continue in these individuals, and no matter what medication they take, no drugs will benefit them.
In 2008, the FDA approved a new medical device technology for treating major depressive disorder: transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS is a noninvasive brain stimulation treatment that employs magnetic fields to stimulate neurons in the brain.
The FDA pronounced this new device a safe and effective treatment for major depressive disorder. So if you or anyone you know is struggling with depression, there is hope; TMS is an option to consider.
Next, we will show you what you should know about this FDA-approved treatment for depression.
Healthcare providers generally use TMS when other treatments for depression, such as medications and counseling, have not been effective. They also sometimes use TMS in combination with other therapies.
During a TMS procedure, one of the certified TMS Therapy technicians places a magnetic ring against the scalp near the forehead. That ring sends brief magnetic impulses throughout the skull and into the brain. These impulses stimulate nerve cells in the brain’s region involved in mood regulation (dorsolateral prefrontal cortex – DLPFC).
Our certified TMS Therapy technicians administer TMS to each patient five days a week for four to six weeks. Each session lasts about thirty to sixty minutes. Most patients receiving TMS do not report any significant side effects.
The most typical side effect is a mild headache that goes away after the first few sessions. Unlike other treatments for depression, TMS does not require medication or anesthesia (used for electroconvulsive therapy – ECT). The medical field also considers TMS a safe and well-tolerated treatment option with a low risk of severe side effects.
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks related to TMS. However, the FDA cleared TMS as a safe and effective therapy for major depressive disorder. Some possible situations or discomforts of TMS include the following:
Healthcare experts consider TMS a safe and well-tolerated therapy. The most common side effects are headache and scalp discomfort. Seizures are a rare but more severe side effect.
TMS brings hope to individuals suffering from depression; it is a promising tool for investigating the brain and treating neurological disorders. However, speaking with a qualified medical professional is vital to determine if TMS is adequate for you.
If you are considering TMS for tackling your depression, you must consult your healthcare provider to see if you are a suitable and potential candidate for the procedure.
TMS is not for everyone, and it is vital to consider all of your treatment options before making a decision.
Individuals experiencing symptoms of depression should seek medical help. Depression can worsen without treatment and affect the sufferer’s quality of life.
Everybody should take any suicidal thoughts or comments about not wanting to live anymore seriously. If you or anyone you care about is going through a crisis, seek medical help.
Long Island Neurocare Therapy utilizes NeuroStar TMS Therapy technology to achieve remission for our patients not responding to pharmaceutical depression treatments. TMS Therapy brings hope for you or anyone you care about suffering from clinical depression after multiple treatment attempts.
Treatment with TMS proves to bring hope to the possibility of achieving remission in addition to a whole and complete life after its procedure.
At Long Island Neurocare Therapy, your health and well-being are essential to our success. Contact us today. We are here for you.