Ingredients for a Happy Life

Each person’s happiness is attributed to a variety of reasons. The most common ones are:

 

  1. Appreciation

Spending even just a few minutes each day to pause and appreciate everything that you have can make a whole lot of difference especially when you are feeling down.

 

  1. Acceptance

The most common trait of people who are deeply satisfied and happy in life is that they learn to accept their flaws.

Being kind to yourself can tremendously increase your enjoyment, resilience, and overall wellbeing.

 

  1. Physical activity

Regular physical activity does not just benefit your physical health. It can also benefit your mental and emotional health. So, spend even at least 30 minutes each day to exercise, whether it’s walking, swimming, or dancing.

 

  1. Giving

Happy people are generous people. When you give or care for someone, you feel really good inside. This is why giving is considered as a vital element in one’s happiness.

 

  1. Relationships

How you relate to other people have a significant impact in your happiness level. Those who have stronger and broader relationships with others are healthier, happier, and live longer.

 

  1. Resilience

Life isn’t perfect but how you respond when things go wrong is a huge determinant of your happiness.

 

  1. Purpose

There are so many things that we don’t have control of in life but having a sense of purpose/meaning can give you a direction and even helps in motivating you when you’re feeling down.

Understanding Mental Health & Reversing the Stigma

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness,  over 40 million Americans suffer from some form of mental Illness such as depression, schizophrenia,  bipolar, and anxiety disorders.

Mental Illness is not uncommon. In fact, one in every four families have family members who have mental health issues. Regardless of this astonishing figure, many of them do not seek help due to the stigma of mental health problems.

What can be done to reverse the stigma?

There are things we can do to abolish the stigma attached to mental health issues:

  1. Raise awareness

If you’re suffering from a mental health problem, then one of the best things you can do to reverse the stigma is using your own experience to educate other people.

 

  1. Educate yourself

When you educate yourself about these mental health issues, you will realize that the stigmas on these conditions are either exaggerations or lies.

A good start of educating yourself is learning the symptoms and treatment of different mental health illnesses. Doing this will make you understand what those people with mental health issues are battling with.

 

  1. Attend events that support the cause

Attending such events create a significant impact in removing the stigma on mental health illnesses. Being there and showing your support is like saying there is no shame in talking about mental health problems.

How Depression Affects Your Life

 

Depression, even in minder forms, can have an impact on different facets of life. It can complicate serious health conditions like heart disease and cancer and affect the way you eat and sleep.

When you’re depressed, it’s hard to stay focused and motivated. Hence, depression can also have an impact in your education and career.

Many people with depression have comorbid disorders. This is usually in the form of addiction (e.g. alcohol and drug abuse).

Depression doesn’t just have an impact on you. It can also affect the people around you, including your family, friends, significant others, and co-workers.

Are you depressed?

Leaving depression untreated can have serious implications both in your personal and professional life. Learning its signs and symptoms can help you seek your needed treatment.

The most common symptoms of depression include:

  • feeling sad for over two weeks
  • feeling hopeless or helpless
  • changes in sleep and eating patterns
  • losing interest in things you used to enjoy
  • withdrawal from friends or family
  • constant fatigue
  • Chronic pains
  • suicidal thoughts

Depression can be managed through psychotherapy and medications (i.e. antidepressants). However, not everyone experience relief from these forms of treatment. If you’re one of them, we can help.

TMS Therapy: Is it safe?

You probably have read about the benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS especially on mood disorders like depression and anxiety. You may be considering treatment, but curious if it’s really safe.

Understanding TMS

TMS is a non-invasive procedure. Many patients who did not have success in the conventional treatment plan for their depression or anxiety were able to experience relief from TMS therapy.

During TMS therapy, you’ll be seated the whole time. You’ll also be fully awake and be able to talk to the doctor during the entire duration of the therapy.

If it’s your first session, the doctor usually conducts a test to determine your motor threshold. This will determine the level of magnetic field that will be used for your treatment.

As mentioned above, this is a non-invasive procedure. The doctor will just place an electromagnetic coil against your forehead. This coil is the medium through which the magnetic pulses will be delivered to the targeted part of the brain.

Each TMS therapy session usually lasts for about 35 minutes.

Is it Safe?

TMS therapy is safe. It’s FDA-cleared and an effective non-drug therapy for mood disorders, stroke, pain, and even for autism spectrum disorder.

Unlike conventional treatments like drugs, TMS is not associated with undesirable side effects. Some patients though experience moderate discomfort or pain a week after the treatment. However, this side effect is just temporary.

You can schedule an appointment with us to find out if TMS is right for you.

Back to School Blues

For some students, going back to school is an exciting thing. They get to reunite with their friends, meet new classmates, and take new classes. However, for others, going back to school can trigger feelings of anxiety and depression.

Why it happens?

Back-to-school blues is a real thing. It can be easily detected among students at the start of the year.

There are several factors that can trigger these feelings.

One of which is the fear of the unknown. Some students feel more anxious in not knowing who their teachers or classmates will be. For some, these feelings can be triggered by certain expectations (i.e. it will be a tough year, etc.).

Can you prevent back-to-school blues?

Fortunately, there are things students and parents can do to help manage the emotional struggle about returning to school:

  • Practice the first day of school routine

Preparing for everything you need for school, getting into a good bedtime routine, and learning to prepare easy-to-pack meals will make your mornings run more smoothly!

  • Know your neighbors

If you’re attending a new school, going around your block and getting to know neighbors especially those of your age can help in alleviating anxiety.  Who knows you may end up having a friend or friends in your new school even before school starts?

  • Seek help

Don’t be afraid to seek help especially if the stress of going back to school is too much.

Talk to your parents, friends, or seek professional help. Having someone to talk to about these things can make a difference.

Traveling Tips for Anxiety

Going out of the comfort zone, experiencing new cultures, and trusting strangers may be considered by many as an exciting part of travel but it’s a different case for people with anxiety disorders.

About 1 in 5 American adults have an anxiety disorder. These include conditions like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety, and phobias.

Traveling with anxiety can be different for every person. Some gets nervous in crowded places while others can’t stop worrying. Whether it’s excessive worrying or getting too nervous in certain situations for you, there are things you can do to still enjoy your trip:

  • Plan your itinerary

Having a well-researched itinerary can help in easing your anxiety. Finding out beforehand which places are safe to walk around, best ways to go around the city, and learning when the top attractions open can help you put your mind to ease.

  • Be smart in packing

Packing the night before your trip  won’t be helpful in keeping your anxiety level low for the trip.

Whether it’s a 3-day or a 2-week vacation, it’s best to pack days before your scheduled trip. If you tend to forget things, a packing list would help.

 

  • Focus on the positive

Sometimes no matter how prepared we are, things happen. When it does, the best thing you can do is to focus on the positive.

There are some of the things you can do to travel stress-free even with your anxiety. However, if you feel like your anxiety is taking over your life, we can help. Contact NeurOasis today for a free consultation.

Men and Depression

Every June is recognized as Men’s Health Month. Although physical health is great, mental health is just as important. Depression may only be half as common in men than in women but about 6 million men in America are diagnosed with depression annually.

When men suffer from depression, they don’t paint the picture of what depression is in our mind. In many cases, depressed men show much subtler signs of the condition.

Men with depression may also show signs of hostility, irritability, inability to concentrate, and may blame themselves even for things that had happened in the past.

Why men suffer from depression?

There are different reasons why men suffer from depression. However, there are certain factors that can predispose them in developing such mental health problem. These factors include:

  • Physical health problems
  • Social isolation
  • Unemployment or problems at work
  • Relationship problems
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Significant changes in life

Some men may be at higher risk of developing depression than others. These include:

  • New fathers
  • Older men
  • Men living in rural or remote areas
  • Gay, bisexual, or transgender men
  • Unemployed men
  • Men with chronic health conditions

Depression can be treated in a variety of ways. If you’re not responding to or have not seen any improvement from conventional methods such as antidepressants and therapy, it may be time to try something else.

TMS Therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive and effective way of treating mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. If you’re tired of letting depression control your life, call NeurOasis TMS Therapy in Tucson today for a free consultation.

TMS Therapy for Treatment of Migraines

A migraine is a condition characterized by pulsing sensation or severe throbbing pain, usually felt on just one side of the head.

Medical experts still don’t know what exactly causes a migraine. Some research shows that the occurrence of migraine has something to do with the nerve pathways and brain chemicals. Hence, researchers believe that migraine is a form of neurological disorder.

Triggers

Migraine attacks are usually triggered by the following:

  • Physical changes
    Sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and even physical overexertion can set a migraine attack.
  • Hormones
    Changes in hormonal levels can set a migraine attack. Women who are susceptible to having these attacks usually experience having them during their menstrual period.
  • Emotions
    Some people’s migraine attack are triggered by emotions. These include stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Environment
    Certain smell, noise, and even sight can trigger a migraine attack. Some of the most common environmental triggers include flickering screen, loud noise, and strong smell.

Symptoms

Migraines usually progress in different stages – the prodrome, aura, headache, and post-drome. Not everyone though may experience all stages.

Prodrome

Occurring a day or two before the headache itself, prodrome are subtle changes that will tell you that there’s an upcoming migraine. Constipation, neck stiffness, and food cravings are some examples of prodrome symptoms.

Aura

You may or may not have an aura before a migraine attack. Auras are considered to be nervous system symptoms. These are usually visual, sensory, movement, or verbal disturbances.

Attack

During a migraine attack itself, you may feel a pulsing or throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, and sensitivity to light, touch, and sometimes, smell.

Post-drome

Also known as the final or last stage of a migraine attack, post-drome stage is characterized by confusion, weakness, dizziness, moodiness, and sensitivity to light and sound.

TMS for Migraines

Migraines are generally managed through a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. However, if these are no longer working for you, it may be time for a different approach.

TMS Therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment for different conditions including migraines. During TMS Therapy,  magnetic pulses are delivered to certain areas of the brain through a device. These magnetic pulses cause tiny electrical currents that disrupt the abnormal electrical activity associated with migraines.

To learn if TMS is right for you, contact us today.

Postpartum Depression

It’s not uncommon for women to experience the “baby blues” following birth. This pertains to feelings of anxiety, stress, sadness, loneliness, and tiredness. But there are women who experience a more serious form of mood disorder – postpartum depression.

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is a type of depression a woman could develop after giving birth. Although it can start anytime during the baby’s first year, it usually occurs during the first three weeks after birth.

About 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression. Unlike the baby blues, postpartum depression doesn’t go away on its own. When left unmanaged, it can last for weeks or months.

The Risk Factors

Some women are more prone to developing postpartum depression. These include those who have a family history of depression or mental illness, previous experience of depression or anxiety, first time mothers, and those who are facing additional stressors after birth (e.g. financial problems, having a child with special needs, emotional stressors).

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of postpartum depression can be different for everyone but the most common ones include:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure on things one used to enjoy
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling worthless
  • Racing thoughts
  • Mood swings (excessive irritability, anger, or agitation)
  • Inability to sleep
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fear of being alone with the baby
  • Fear of not being a good mother
  • Thoughts of hurting one’s self or the baby

Treating Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is usually treated through psychotherapy, antidepressants, or a combination of both. However, if you have tried these and have not see any improvement in your symptoms, there is an alternative therapy –  transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS.

TMS is a minimally invasive and FDA-approved treatment for mood disorders like anxiety and depression. If you want to find out how this form of therapy can help you manage your postpartum depression symptoms, you can contact us to schedule an appointment.

Postpartum depression can be treated and you don’t have to face it alone. We can help.

Top Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States. It is estimated that about 40 million adults in the country are suffering from anxiety. That accounts for about 18.1% of the population.

Anxiety is usually caused by the following:

  1. Stress
    Stress especially when experienced on a long-term basis such as being in a job you disliked or being in an emotionally-damaging relationship can make you more susceptible to anxiety disorders.Stress can eventually lead to anxiety disorders as it affects the part of the brain that controls coping; it affects the balance of hormones and brain chemicals (also known as neurotransmitters) and it overwhelms your mind.
  2. Life Experiences
    Anxiety disorders can develop as a result of experiences from childhood. They can also be a result of rough upbringing.You may learn anxiety from your parents or from their teachings (e.g. if you’ve been constantly told that strangers will harm you, you may grow up having a phobia on them).
  3. Trauma
    There are certain traumas that can lead to the development of anxiety disorders. These are usually severe forms of trauma that put you under intense stress. Near death experiences, sexual assault, violence, and witnessing death are examples of such trauma.
  4. Change
    Each of us has different ways of coping with changes. Some of us cope with change easily while others don’t. For those who are struggling in coping with changes are at risk of developing anxiety disorders. This can happen as change can cause a person to suffer from a significant amount of stress.
  5. Anxiety
    Yes, you read that right. Anxiety itself can lead to succeeding episodes of anxiety. Earlier experiences with anxiety or panic attacks can cause an overwhelming fear and stress, leading to future anxiety or panic attacks.

If your anxiety is affecting your day-to-day life, NeurOasis can help. We specialize in the treating anxiety and other mental health disorders through TMS.