Millions of people in the United States have suffered from depression. An estimated 16 million adults in the U.S. had at least one episode of depression last year. Adolescents suffered the most with an estimated 10.9% having a depression episode.
Excessive fatigue, trouble sleeping, changes in diet, feelings of anxiety, and apathy, are all signs of depression. Non-clinical depression can be caused by a large number of life changing events. A person who has clinical depression, also known as Major Depression Disorder, has no reason to feel depressed. This kind of depression is caused by a medical condition, such as thyroid disorder.
Some patients do not respond well to antidepressants or counseling. These patients suffer from what is called Treatment-Resistant Depression. If left unchecked, these patients can suffer an extreme feeling of hopelessness and turn to drugs and alcohol.
TMS Health Solutions has several clinics in California that treat patients with mental health problems, especially depression. They use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat Treatment-Resistant Depression, also known as TRD.
TMS uses electromagnetic pulses to stimulate the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in a patients brain. The stimulation of these nerve cells help improve the symptoms of depression. Treatments at TMS Health Solutions typically last between thirty and sixty minutes. These treatments are administered daily over the course of four to eight weeks, and do not involve surgery. You can go back to your daily activities right after treatment.
Most patients do not have any serious side effects to TMS treatments. Minor side effects are headaches, scalp pain, and a tapping sensation on the head. Fewer than 5% of patients at TMS Health Solutions have reported any side effects.
TMS treatment at TMS Health Solutions is a lot safer than taking antidepressants. Antidepressants can have serious side effects including weight gain, sedation, dry mouth, dizziness, and sexual problems. Roughly 40% of patients who have a treatment resistant form of depression do not respond well to medications.
TMS Health Solutions also offers treatment for OCD, memory disorders, and pain management.