TMS Therapy for Treating Major Depressive Disorder
TMS Therapy is FDA approved for treating depression when an antidepressant is not working. Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, is diagnosed when an individual is experiencing either a depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure plus four or more of the following symptoms during the same two-week period.
Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD):
- Significant weight loss (when not dieting) or weight gain (a change of more than five percent of body weight in a month)
- Significant increase or decrease in appetite
- Excessive sleepiness or insomnia
- Agitation and restlessness
- Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive and inappropriate guilt nearly every day
- Diminished ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Depression can cause or intensify physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, irritable bowl or chronic pain. Key brain chemicals influence both mood and pain. Treating depression has been shown to improve co-existing illnesses, such as anxiety.
As a result of depression, individuals experience significant distress. This causes impairment in an individual’s ability to function at work, school, in relationships and other areas of life.
What Are the Currently Approved Treatments for Depression?
Depression is more commonly treated with psychotherapy and antidepressant medications. Although antidepressants can be effective for many, they do not work for everybody. More than 4 million people do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressant medications and/or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them. Additionally, since medications are typically taken by the mouth, they circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body, and may result in unwanted side effects such as weight gain, sexual problems, upset stomach, and sleepiness, among others. For these individuals, alternative treatments for MDD are available.
Alternative Treatments for Depression
Alternative treatments for depression usually involve the use of a medical device. These treatments include: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), and Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS).
TMS Serenity Center for Treating Major Depressive Disorder
The TMS Serenity Center is conveniently located near Houston in Sugar Land, TX and is experienced with the treatment of depression using TMS Therapy. We’ve seen over 70% of our patients have complete relief of their depressive symptoms, and they have maintained wellness for over four years. Some patients are even able to reduce or change medications. Please contact us at (281) 240-4322 for more information.