All Posts Tagged: transcranial magnetic stimulation

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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Does TMS Therapy Require Maintenance?

tms treatment long term benefitsWe’ve come a long way since transcranial magnetic stimulation was first FDA cleared in 2008. Its efficacy and benefits are being proven in research papers from all around the globe; it is also being studied as a possible treatment for all kinds of illnesses from Tinnitus to Epilepsy.

Researchers at the Rush University Medical Center concluded that the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation seems to be effective for the long-term treatment of major depression[1]. “The results of the follow-up study further support TMS as a viable treatment option for patients with major depression who have not responded to conventional antidepressant medications” according to Dr. Philip G. Janicak, study principal investigator.

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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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[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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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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“How I Finally Beat Depression” – TMS Therapy in Good Housekeeping Magazine

good housekeeping magazineIn this month’s edition of Good Housekeeping magazine we get to meet Carmen, a TMS therapy success story. Carmen’s life was that of the perfect southern belle; she was part of her high school’s cheerleading team in Memphis and was about to head to the national championships. This all changed drastically after she suffered a knee injury that forced her to quit the activity she enjoyed the most and sent her life spiraling out of control and into depression. After two kids, a divorce, and a miscarriage Carmen quietly withdrew from the world.

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TMS Therapy Costs to Consider

Suffering from depression is bad, suffering from depression and not being able to afford treatment is worse.

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A national survey of more than 700 Americans discovered that people’s willingness to pay for medical interventions depended in large part on whether the illness in question was “physical” or “mental”¹.

It appears that people perceive a mental illness to be somewhat less damaging or less critical than a physical illness and makes them less willing to pay to treat them. In addition, people suffering from a mental illness know that bills for medication and treatment can add up quickly and even the thought of budgeting for treatment can be enough to trigger a depressive episode. A reluctance to pay for mental health illnesses combined with a complex treatment process usually leaves many in the dark and unwilling to get help.

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I’m Depressed; How Long Until I Feel Better with TMS?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is still a fairly new tool in the shed of tools we have to fight depression. And as with any new treatment, patients still have questions and concerns that are going unanswered – Will it hurt? Will it give me nasty side effects? Will it work for me? If you or a loved one is currently suffering from depression and are considering TMS Therapy, I recommend you visit our TMS FAQ section or contact us for a free consultation.

While our FAQ section will surely answer your most pressing question, there is still one that needs to be answered on a case-by-case basis; when will I feel better? We sat down with Kelli Walker, our TMS NeuroHealth Center Manager, to try to answer that as best as we can.

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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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