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Mental Health Apps Help Track Mood and Symptoms

App Character EmotionsIndividuals enduring the symptoms of mental illness such as Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and/or Bipolar Disorder, usually treat with psychotherapy, medications or a combination of the two. Often therapists recommend that patients’ journal their emotions, behaviors and symptoms on a consistent basis as a tool to gain greater insight of their condition.  Tracking patterns and potential triggers can be extremely helpful to patient and therapist in managing their disorder, including the critical advantage of early recognition of changes that might lead to an exacerbation of their condition. With greater insight and ability to act early, frequency of therapy sessions and/or medications can swiftly be modified to prevent a worsening of a patient’s condition. In addition, greater insight and journal feedback may encourage patients to seek immediate professional support during a crisis.

Daily journaling can sometimes feel cumbersome and time consuming, but with digital technology, this doesn’t have to be the case.  Software Developers are creating Apps to help those with mental disorders track and manage their symptoms. However, users should bear in mind that a psychiatric/medical background is not required to create a mental health app, and that this software should only be utilized as an additional part of a comprehensive treatment plan rather than a replacement for treatments such as prescription drugs, therapy, or TMS Therapy.

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The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression

Human-With-Pain-DotsWe all experience pain of some kind from time to time – we stub our toe, pull a muscle, suffer with a headache, etc. But the American Chronic Pain Association estimates that one in three Americans (over 50 million people) suffers from some type of chronic pain1. Chronic pain is described as ongoing or recurrent pain which lasts beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury and adversely affects an individual’s well-being. Simply put, chronic pain is pain that continues when it should not. It may present as pain in the lower back, abdominal region, joints, neck, and even headaches, depending on the individual. Pain may be felt as aching, burning, shooting, or electrical and can affect sleep, cause fatigue and weaken the immune system.  Beyond the physical discomfort and stress upon the body, chronic pain also affects thought, mood and behavior, and can lead to isolation, immobility and drug dependence. If those symptoms sound familiar, it may be because there are many similarities and connections between chronic pain and depression.

Pain is a depressing experience, and depression can cause and/or intensify pain. In fact, over 66% of individuals diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) also suffer from chronic pain2, and depressed patients are three times more likely to develop chronic pain3.  Depression can cause a variety of physical symptoms even including affecting the body’s natural sleep cycle. This minimizes the amount of restorative sleep realized each night and exacerbates both chronic pain and depression symptoms. With 80% of depressed individuals complaining of insomnia4 or general body fatigue, it’s no surprise that this accumulation of stress on the body contributes to chronic pain.

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Antepartum Depression: Depression During Pregnancy

Antepartum DepressionPregnancy is one of life’s greatest journeys, and like any new quest, there brings change, unique challenge and discovery. The expecting mother and her partner will likely confront many additional commitments and unique challenges. From numerous doctor visits to added relationship strain and career stress, expecting couples learn to balance and adapt to these new demands. One of the more significant challenges during pregnancy is the physical and emotional impact of surging hormones which affects brain chemistry, sometimes causing a Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).1 There is growing awareness concerning Postpartum Depression- a period of about 6-weeks following the baby’s birth; however, there is practically no awareness and information being shared about the very real potential of suffering from depression during pregnancy- referred to as Antepartum Depression.

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Is TMS Therapy Covered by My Insurance?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, TMS Therapy, has come a long way since it was first cleared by the FDA in 2008.  As with most new technologies and treatments options, the insurance companies are initially reluctant to cover such procedures until proven safe and effective over long periods of time.  Thankfully, TMS Therapy has proven just that.

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Postpartum Depression What, When, Why, and How

postpartum depression and tms therapyAfter giving birth, many women can start experiencing depression symptoms.  In many of these cases this sensation – also called ‘baby blues’ – is temporary and mainly due to the many changes a woman experiences during pregnancy and delivery. In some cases; however, postpartum depression could be the underlying cause.

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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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[INFOGRAPHIC] Treating Depression With TMS Therapy

tms thumbnailDepression is so much more than “feeling sad”. It’s a debilitating illness that affects you both mentally and physically. It disrupts your life and that of the loved ones that surround you. Currently, it is estimated that 1 in 4 Americans are suffering from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year and about 1 in 17 suffers from a serious mental illness such as major depression¹.

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Martha Rhodes; a TMS Success Story | Part II

Martha Rhodes successfully battled her depression with TMS therapy

Martha Rhodes successfully battled her depression with TMS therapy. [img source: saturdayeveningpost.com]

We were recently able to conduct an e-interview with author and TMS patient Mrs. Martha Rhodes. Last week we posted Part I of our interview with her and today we are please to share with you the rest of Mrs. Rhodes incredible story of how Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy changed her life for the better.

When did you start to notice changes in your mood?

My doctor was very clear with me from the outset—TMS isn’t a quick fix. This information prepared me to be patient waiting for results. I didn’t begin to notice a difference in my mood until four weeks into the program.

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Martha Rhodes; a TMS Success Story | Part I

Martha Rhodes successfully battled her depression with TMS therapy

Martha Rhodes successfully battled her depression with TMS therapy. [img source: saturdayeveningpost.com]

TMS Therapy Blog is pleased to introduce a featured guest this week. We were recently able to conduct an e-interview with author and TMS patient Mrs. Martha Rhodes.

After battling major depressive disorder and trying countless ineffective treatments for many years, it seemed nothing could alleviate the depression Mrs. Rhodes felt on a daily basis. Finally, a relative told Rhodes about TMS therapy. Rhodes wasted no time and turned to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy in May of 2010. She has never looked back.

Rhodes, who hails TMS as her saving grace, currently resides in Danbury, CT with her husband and was kind enough to share her powerful story of struggle, survival and poignant moments.

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