All Posts Tagged: patient experiences

Explaining Your Depression To Family And Friends

People have described depression as being in a state of numbness, a black hole, a pervading sense of pointlessness. For those who suffer from depression, these adjectives make perfect sense, but for those who have not been touched by the disease these words might seem like an exaggeration, a very strange concept and very difficult to grasp – like explaining the color blue to a blind person. When the topic of depression or therapy comes up and you casually mention how it impacts your life, sometimes you get comments like this one: “You have a wonderful life, you can’t be depressed! Cheer up! Be a bit more positive.” “Snap out of it.”

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My Experience with TMS Therapy

Author: Dragonfly Flight Diary [Facebook Admin]

 

I had a pretty rough summer in 2013.  It started in June 2013.  I was under a lot of high pressure from my work and I started slipping into my first full blown mania that I’ve experienced in probably about 8 or 9 years.  Prior it was just some rapid cycling and hypo-mania episodes but with long extended periods of depression that just never seemed to lift.

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TMS Therapy Testimonials: TMS NeuroHealth Centers Patients Share Their Stories

tms therapy testimonialsCompared to other depression treatment options, TMS therapy is fairly “new” (even though it has been around for over 20 years). In the relatively short amount of time it’s been available, TMS Therapy  has made huge waves amongst both the medical community and  patients. TMS Therapy can help patients achieve results and/or remission of depressive symptoms and maintain those results in the long term. While results may vary, the number of patient testimonials confirming the benefits of TMS has been increasing steadily as more and more TMS therapy chairs are set up across the country and the world.

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From Patient To Mental Health Advocate: 5 Questions With Journalist Greg Harman

 

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Greg Harman had been living two completely separate lives; a successful Texas journalist and a struggling major depression patient researching the possibility of subjecting himself to an experimental treatment. Those lives never intertwined, until he decided to quit his job as an editor to join the clinical trials while documenting his experiences on a personal blog that has gathered a large following. Greg has now decided to make his illness public and not just to his friends, but to his many readers as well.

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What is Caregiver Burnout? What does it have to do with depression?

Depression is the number one cause of disability in the United States and Canada. It can cause extreme physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by behavioral changes. Many patients will describe a sense of ‘emptiness’ that never goes away.

Depression disrupts social interactions, work environments, and family life. Unfortunately, depression affects everyone, not just the patient. Being able to have a caregiver who can help you with daily tasks can be of great help to someone suffering from major depression. It is very hard for someone not suffering from major depression to fully understand what this illness does to someone. This is why loved ones who take care or look after a depressed person also need the proper support and education in order to avoid caregiver burnout.

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Depression: From Denial to Treatment

According to WebMD, 70% of people with clinical depression can improve, often in a matter of weeks if they receive proper treatment. With such a compelling statistic, you would think depression is an illness can be easily managed – you feel the symptoms, you recognize them, you go for treatment, you improve. Sadly, this is not at all the case.  Here’s another statistic for you – it has been said that 75% of all people with depression are never diagnosed and don’t seek treatment. While this number may not be precise it does bring awareness to the fact that there are people out there suffering in silence.

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Is Depression Inherited?

inherited depressionDepression is a complex disease with treatment options that help one group of patients but are ineffective for another. There are many reasons why your depression may not have the same clinical factors as someone else’s, and one of the most discussed factors is genetics. There are numerous cases where a patient suffering from depression has had a parent and/or close relative who had also suffered from the disease and for many years this was considered an unfortunate coincidence.

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Does TMS Therapy hurt?

We recently wrote a post on Fact of Fiction? TMS Most Frequently Asked Questions  and the feedback we received was extremely positive, we are glad that we were able to answer some of the most pressing questions surrounding Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy. If your question wasn’t answered or if you would like to talk to our trained staff, please contact us by calling 571 405 2840.

Through our Twitter account, we heard from a small number of TMS patients who disagreed with one of our answer; for them, TMS Therapy was entirely pleasant. TMS Therapy is well tolerated and has been proven to be safe in clinical trials. After 10,000 active treatments performed in clinical trials, the most common side effect associated with TMS Therapy is localized discomfort at or near the treatment area – generally mild to moderate.

 

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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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TMS Therapy Patient Experiences

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is still a fairly new treatment for major depression and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the overall patient experience. Patients and Doctors are slowly but steady getting more comfortable with recommending TMS to others and 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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