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TMS Therapy Helping Teens With Treatment Resistant Depression

Depressed TeenagerTeenage rates of depression are appalling; according to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A) about 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. If we take the 2008 census, roughly over 2 million teens are currently experiencing depression symptoms.

Antidepressants are frequently the first line of treatment for mental health issues. Since 1988, antidepressant use in the United States has soared nearly 400%[1], with 1 in 25 adolescents taking antidepressants[2]. These numbers emphasize an alarming warning; potential side effects are raising concerns of a correlation between antidepressants and teen suicide.

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TMS Therapy Shows Long-Term Benefits In Difficult-To-Treat Patients With Depression

NeuroStar TMS therapyThe first successful transcranial magnetic stimulation was performed in 1985 and it has opened doors for a widespread variety of therapy interventions for a multitude of diseases, with depression being the most studied area. Although transcranial magnetic stimulation has been around for over 20 years, it’s only in recent years that it has become a widely acceptable and valuable treatment for major depression.  This is due to investigators worldwide completing more than 30 randomized, controlled clinical trials proving time and time again that TMS Therapy is an effective treatment for depression.[1]

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a Breakthrough Treatment for Migraine Relief?

migraine and tms therapyTranscranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy has been widely used in treating the symptoms of depression.  Recent studies, such as those done at the American Academy of Neurology 1and the University of Duisburg-Essen2 in Germany, are now showing the extensive potential TMS therapy has in the treatment of migraines. What’s more, studies are indicating the potential TMS therapy has in opening doors for safer and more  effective treatment of many other brain-related illnesses including tinnitus, auditory hallucinations, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia.

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Depression Can Drive Up Cancer, Injury Risk

cancer therapy and depressionDepression already causes a variety of unwelcomed symptoms such as fatigue and insomnia, which largely interrupt daily activities. Without proper treatment, this illness can ruin careers, families and relationships. Patients suffering from depression endure a large number of obstacles – physical, emotional and even economical – and recent articles are now showing that it can also put you at a higher risk for other health problems you would otherwise not experience.

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Poor Mental Health Could Be Driving Obesity Epidemic

obese woman in bathinsuitA recent article from Canada is adding another layer to the problem with Obesity that most of North America is facing; they are looking at antidepressants, mood stabilizers and newer generation anti-psychotics as well as the mental issues that require the medicine as a probable cause for weight gain.

While many campaigns are going to extremes to make sure the mantra of “eat well and exercise” gets imprinted in the minds of many, we as a society are failing to recognize that there are other reasons for weight gain and obesity. Depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, attention deficit disorders, post-traumatic stress, addictions — all can cause changes in appetite, energy and metabolism that can prime people to gain weight¹.

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TMS Therapy to treat Fibromyalgia

Fibromalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.  It has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety[1]. Pain can drastically alter and reduce a person’s quality of life and current treatment options – including antidepressants[2] – are known for causing unwanted side effects.

While TMS Therapy has so far only been FDA cleared for the treatment of Major Depression, there have been several studies suggesting that TMS can also be extremely beneficial for other disorders and diseases, such as Fibromyalgia. A study on the Efficacy of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Treating Fibromyalgia Syndrome has concluded that TMS showed analogous pain reductions as well as considerably fewer side effects compared to FDA approved FMS pharmaceuticals[3].

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When parents are depressed, children are at risk

depressed parentIt is no secret that depression affects everyone in the family, and with 20 million Americans being affected by the disease each year that’s a lot of families that have to deal with the emotional rollercoaster that comes with depression. Things get tougher when kids are involved, very often parents will not seek the care they need in order to appear strong and not worry their children.

A report by the National Research Council titled “Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children” stated that untreated, unrecognized parental depression can lead to negative consequences for kids. In a given year an estimated 7.5 million adults with depression have a child under the age of 18 living with them.

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Non-Drug Depression Treatment Rapidly and Significantly Improves Disease Symptoms and Quality of Life

─ Percentage of Patients Reporting a Return to Normal Activities More Than Tripled Following Treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy® ─

PHILADELPHIA, May 8, 2012 – New data released today at the annual meeting of the AmericanPsychiatric Association show that patients with unipolar, non-psychotic Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with NeuroStar TMS Therapy® achieved significant improvements in both depression symptoms and in quality of life measurements. Overall, 58 percent of patients achieved a positive response to NeuroStar TMS therapy, with 37 percent of patients achieving remission from their depression.After an average of five weeks of NeuroStar treatment, the percentage of patients reporting extreme problems with anxiety and depression decreased by 42.2 percent, demonstrating a reduction in depression symptomatology. For overall treatment effect, the percentage of patients reporting no problems in performing usual activities improved by 30.5 percent.”The improvements we observed show that non-drug therapy with NeuroStar TMS not only reduces the symptomatic suffering of patients, but lessens the disability of depression with important implications for these individuals’ ability to return to functioning effectively at home, in the workplace, and in the community,” said Ian A. Cook, M.D., Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Anti-depressants may be doing more harm than good: says research

Millions of people are prescribed anti-depressants ever year to treat everything from mild depression to full blown major depression episodes. For the majority of patients, the combination of drugs and therapy is able to provide some relief and people are able to manage their depression. Antidepressants; however, have also been said to be a quick and temporary fix to mask depression symptoms, with many patients experiencing a temporary boost in serotonin levels while on the medication. Serotonin is a naturally produced chemical that regulates mood. It is also involved in reproduction, digestion, and clotting of blood around a wound.

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