National Depression Screening Month

October 9, 2019

October is National Depression Screening Month. 

Depression can affect anyone regardless of social status, age, gender, or background. However, despite the ongoing efforts to raise awareness about this mental health problem, there’s still a stigma attached to it, as with other mental health issues.

What is depression and why you should seek help?

Depression is a serious mental health disorder that affects how you feel, think, and act. It can impact your relationships and even your physical health.

Although clinical depression causes feelings of sadness and hopelessness, it’s different from the occasional sadness many of us experience. 

Clinical depression can cause problems in sleeping and eating. It also leads a person to lose interest in things one used to enjoy. 

When left unmanaged, depression can lead to problems in one’s relationships, health, and work.

How is depression treated?

Depression is usually treated with psychotherapy and medications. There are cases though on which these methods don’t improve one’s depression. If this is your case, then you may consider TMS.

TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive procedure that’s approved by the FDA for treating depression and other mental health problems.

About 50 to 60 percent of people with depression who have tried and failed from conventional treatment methods experienced significant changes after TMS therapy. About a third of these people experience full remission, which means their symptoms go away completely.

Although there are cases of recurring symptoms after TMS, most patients who had the therapy feel better for many months after treatment stops.

Unlike other treatment methods, TMS doesn’t have any serious side effects. 

If you want to give TMS therapy a try but have some questions or concerns, you can request an appointment by calling us at (520) 844-9535.

 

References:

https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression

https://www.webmd.com/depression/qa/when-should-i-seek-help-for-depression

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-for-depression-2018022313335