All Posts Tagged: medication

Considering Stopping Your Medications? Read This First

should i stop taking medicationYou’ve made up your mind; you’ve decided to stop your medication. But have you thought it through? There are many reasons why you might be considering stopping your medication and it might actually be the right choice for you, but before you decide to stop cold turkey you should first consult with your health care provider. He or she can work with you to create a plan of action that will gradually take you off your medication or switch to a non-drug treatment option such as TMS therapy.

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When To Treat Major Depression Without Drugs

antidepressant side effectsThere are many names to describe Major Depressive Disorder; clinical depression, unipolar depression, or simply major depression. What causes it is still unclear; while there is evidence pointing out to a genetic link between generations there is also strong evidence suggesting environmental and behavioral causes. If left untreated it can go on for months to years. Treating major depression requires more intensive treatment than a single episode of depression because of the severity of the symptoms and the duration of them.

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Why is my depression so hard to treat?

depression treatmentWe have all been trained to know that when you get sick you go to the doctor, they prescribe something, you take it, you start to feel better. But ask any treatment resistant depression patient and they’ll tell you it is not that simple.

It is an unfortunate fact that depression treatments don’t always work. According to a STAR*D study, less than 30% of patients with depression respond to antidepressants and of those who do not respond, an alarming 67.1% fail to achieve remission in first-stage treatment. Another 33% still didn’t achieve remission after 4 attempts at treatment[1].  

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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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Do antidepressants work? Placebo Effect debated on 60 Minutes

Dr. Irving Kirsch has started a war. His controversial findings have rattled the cage of the big pharmaceutical companies and have ticked off the majority of the medical community in the United States. Do antidepressants really work? That’s the question the Harvard scientist is asking.

In an interview done by 60 Minutes, Kirsch mentions that according to his research, and the work of others, the information that has long served as the basis for prescribing antidepressants is flawed. While he believes that antidepressants are effective, for many it is not the active ingredient that’s making them feel better but the placebo effect.

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rTMS Therapy treats depression in teens

Depression affects all age groups, although the majority of patients affected tend to be females over 40, research indicates that those numbers are shifting as males are starting to seek help1. Shocking statistics have also found that even preschoolers are getting clinically depressed2, with at least 4% (or over a million kids) currently on antidepressants. Whatever problems these children are suffering are being carried onto their teenage years.

Numbers on teen depression are sobering, 1 in 8 suffers from depression with only 30% of them experiencing intervention or treatment. While antidepressants work for 35 to 40% of the depressed population, the FDA has linked antidepressants to an increase in suicide, violence and psychosis in teenagers. Standard treatment is inadequate, with most doctors recommending a combination of antidepressants and therapy.

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A depression treatment that won’t break the bank

TMS costs depression treatment expensesDepression hurts in many ways, and one of them is financially. In 2000, it was concluded that the economic burden of depression for patients with treatment-resistant depression was $83.1 billion in the United States alone – this was 2 to 6 times greater than for patients not suffering from treatment-resistant depression.

The economic burden of depression is not only measured on the cost of treatment and medication, but also the costs on loss of productivity and caregiver costs. Such costs were taken into account during an open-label condition study comparing TMS Therapy (with an average reimbursement rate of $350 per treatment session) to anti-depressant medication treatment.

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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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