All Posts Tagged: electroconvulsive therapy

What Are Non-Medicine Treatments For Depression?

therapy tms therapyWith depression affecting 1 in 4 Americans, it is no surprise that a large portion of those people are taking antidepressant drugs. In fact, the use of antidepressants was reported to have increased a whopping 400% since 1988 with more than 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 12 taking them[1].

Depression is a chronic disease and since research has shown that maintenance of antidepressants can cut the risk of a relapse in half[2], there are a large number of people who take antidepressants for years, if not decades. Antidepressants; however, come with their own set of complications. They can cause severe side effects that can negatively disrupt a patient’s quality of life. Antidepressants are also said to be effective on only 27.5% of patients with depression. Those who do not respond can then be diagnosed with treatment resistant depression and become weary of being prescribed yet another drug combination. Some patients decide to treat their depression without drugs and look into non-medicine treatment alternatives.

 

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Fact or Fiction? TMS Most Frequently Asked Questions

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is gaining more and more exposure amongst patients and Doctors who are more comfortable with recommending TMS to others. With the increase in research and studies being published on the subject one can only expect this therapy to become a staple for Treatment-Resistant Major Depression patients who qualify.

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Tune in to The Dr. Oz Show for information on TMS Therapy

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**The Dr. Oz Show will feature the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat depression! Save the date: March Wednesday 14th, 2012**

Dr. Oz has become somewhat of a staple on American television. One of the many medical shows currently on air, The Dr. Oz Show presents relevant medical tips and tricks through various professional interviews and segments to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.  Recently, the program showcased the benefits and troubles of ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy).  Dr. Oz presented the beginnings of ECT and how it was given pre-1950 – this was the time when patients needed to be anesthetized during treatments while having severe convulsions. Their segment then did a great job at representing the modern procedure and how it is given today as well as the pros and cons or electroconvulsive therapy.

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When a loved one suffers from depression everyone suffers with him/her

depressed man being consoled by wifeIt is hard enough for a person to struggle with depression, it is even harder for a partner to see how devastating this disorder can be on a loved one and feel entirely helpless when medicine and therapy fail. There are long, dark nights and even longer, gloomier days. Treatment-resistant depression affects 20% of all patients diagnosed with depression. Additionally, treatment-resistant patients are more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, concurrent substance abuse or anxiety disorders. Yet there is always hope.

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TMS Therapy changes lives with no surgery, no sedation, and no meds

You’ve all heard of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) where patients are first anesthetized and then clonic seizures are electrically induced as treatment for severe depression that has not responded to other treatments. The patient loses consciousness and has convulsions lasting for at least 15 seconds. In addition, half of the patients who remit tend to relapse within six months of ECT and there has been controversy over the negative effects on brain structure, memory, and general cognition.

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