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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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What is Treatment Resistant Depression?

treatment resistant depression definitionMajor depression affects 10%-15% of the population per year and, according to a STAR*D study, only 27.5% of patients with depression respond to antidepressant therapy. Of those who do not respond, an alarming 67.1% of patients failed to achieve remission in first-stage treatment, and an estimated 33% still didn’t achieve remission after 4 stages of treatment[1]. Patients are then diagnosed with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). 

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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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4 Foods that help with anxiety and stress

avocado salad tmsIt’s no secret; a balanced diet helps your body to better cope with stress and anxiety. There are certain foods that contain important vitamins and minerals that have long been recommended to help treat a variety of symptoms and diseases.

Stress and anxiety can trigger depression symptoms and take a toll on productivity at work. A calm body and mind can help you remain fresh and relaxed during a heavy work day so make sure to include the following ingredients to your diet to keep your coolness throughout the day!

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Older Adults and Depression: recognize the facts

depressed man being consoled by wifeThe National Institute of Mental Health informs us that although people over the age of 65 comprise only 12% of the U.S. population, they accounted for a disturbing 16% of suicide deaths in 2004. What’s more shocking, studies show that up to 75% of older adults who died by suicide had visited a physician within a month before death.

As we age, we experience physical changes that may limit our ability to function and move around. Health problems such as Illness and disability; chronic or severe pain, cognitive decline, damage to body image due to surgery or disease[1] can trigger and become the cause of depression in older adults. The risk of suffering from major depression increases for older adults who require home healthcare and hospital care.

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A history of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Believe it or not, the science behind electrical stimulation of the nerves and muscles has been around since the 1790’s when Galvani and Volta experimented with bioelectricity and discovered that the nerves were not water pipes as Descartes thought, but electrical conductors carrying information within the nervous system.

It wasn’t until 1831 that Michael Faraday discovered the fundamental principles of electromagnetic induction while attempting to stimulate nerves and the brain. While his attempts were unsuccessful due to the lack of proper technology to generate the large and rapidly changing fields necessary, his advances led to the first successful Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in 1985. This opened doors for a widespread variety of diagnosis and therapy procedures for a variety of diseases, with depression being the most studied area.

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2 in 3 patients report a reduction in depression scores after TMS Therapy

Did you know?

  • Medication has unbearable physical side effects; sexual dysfunction, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, weight gain, suicidal thoughts, and more.
  • ECT patients tend to relapse within 6 months and there has been controversy over the negative effects on brain structure, memory, and general cognition.

patient doctor tms depression treatmentNew results presented at the American Psychiatric Association Meeting in Hawaii back in May of this year match those of observed patients treated in a controlled clinical trial setting. The results were measured using two scales; the Inventory of Depressive Symptoms Self-Report Scale (IDS-SR) which showed that 1 in 2 patients (53.6%) responded to TMS therapy while 1 in 3 (35.1%) achieved remission by the end of acute treatment. Using the Patient Health Questionnaire Nine item scale (PHQ-9) presented similar positive results with 2 in 3 patients (66.7%) reported no or only mild depression.

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