Could TMS Therapy Help Your Depressed Teen?
Depression has become more common among American teens. Teenage depression has become increasingly common among American teenagers. According to the Pew Research Center analysis of data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 13 percent of U.S teens ages 12 to 17 (about 3.2 million) had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This is up from 8 percent (about 2 million) in 2007.
The study also showed a 59 percent increase in teens who experienced depression between 2007 and 2017.
Depression seems to be more common in teenage girls than boys. Experts cited academic and social pressures are the most common reasons for it.
Depression in teens should be taken seriously
Depression in teens is a serious mental health problem. When left unmanaged, it can lead to isolation, relationship problems, and even death.
Some of the signs and symptoms to watch out for include:
- sadness and crying with no reason
- frustration or being angry even in small matters
- feeling hopeless
- frequent thoughts of dying or suicide
- insomnia or sleeping too much
- decreased appetite, weight loss, or increased cravings for food and weight gain
Antidepressants aren’t the only way to manage depression
Typically, depression in teens is managed through medication, therapy, or both. However, not everyone responds to these treatments positively. Fortunately, there are alternative treatments for those who can’t tolerate or can’t find any improvement with traditional treatment methods.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy is a non-invasive technique that works well with patients suffering from depression. It is a non-intrusive procedure that uses highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain, known to help improve symptoms of depression.
Teens remain awake and alert all throughout the entire treatment. Unlike other treatments, TMS doesn’t alter their day-to-day activities. In fact, they can immediately resume their regular activities after the treatment.
If your teen is suffering from depression but experiencing negative side effects with the conventional treatment methods, TMS therapy can be a great solution for him/her.
NeurOasis TMS specializes in this treatment. For consultation or appointment requests, you may call us at (520) 338-2557.