Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy has been widely used in treating the symptoms of depression. Recent studies, such as those done at the American Academy of Neurology 1and the University of Duisburg-Essen2 in Germany, are now showing the extensive potential TMS therapy has in the treatment of migraines. What’s more, studies are indicating the potential TMS therapy has in opening doors for safer and more effective treatment of many other brain-related illnesses including tinnitus, auditory hallucinations, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia. A recent study done at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine,1 has proven the effectiveness of TMS therapy in treating acute episodes of migraines as well as the capability of repetitive TMS therapy as a preventative measure1. The study based their theories of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulations’ (rTMS) effectiveness in modifying brain activity, which could potentially prevent the onset of migraines and their symptoms1. These symptoms can include: Read the rest of this entry »
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Depression already causes a variety of unwelcomed symptoms such as fatigue and insomnia, which largely interrupt daily activities. Without proper treatment, this illness can ruin careers, families and relationships. Patients suffering from depression endure a large number of obstacles – physical, emotional and even economical – and recent articles are now showing that it can also put you at a higher risk for other health problems you would otherwise not experience.
We are pleased to announce that WebMD.com, a pioneer community leader in online health news & resources, has recently included TMS Therapy under their list of Depression Treatment Options.
— TMS NeuroHealth (@TMSNeuroHealth) July 10, 2012
A recent article from Canada is adding another layer to the problem with Obesity that most of North America is facing; they are looking at antidepressants, mood stabilizers and newer generation anti-psychotics as well as the mental issues that require the medicine as a probable cause for weight gain.
While many campaigns are going to extremes to make sure the mantra of “eat well and exercise” gets imprinted in the minds of many, we as a society are failing to recognize that there are other reasons for weight gain and obesity. Depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, attention deficit disorders, post-traumatic stress, addictions — all can cause changes in appetite, energy and metabolism that can prime people to gain weight¹.
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. Pain can drastically alter and reduce a person’s quality of life and current treatment options – including antidepressants – 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.
It is no secret that depression affects everyone in the family, and with 20 million Americans being affected by the disease each year that’s a lot of families that have to deal with the emotional rollercoaster that comes with depression. Things get tougher when kids are involved, very often parents will not seek the care they need in order to appear strong and not worry their children.
A report by the National Research Council titled “Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children” stated that untreated, unrecognized parental depression can lead to negative consequences for kids. In a given year an estimated 7.5 million adults with depression have a child under the age of 18 living with them. Read the rest of this entry »
Non-Drug Depression Treatment Rapidly and Significantly Improves Disease Symptoms and Quality of Life
─ Percentage of Patients Reporting a Return to Normal Activities More Than Tripled Following Treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy® ─
PHILADELPHIA, May 8, 2012 – New data released today at the annual meeting of the AmericanPsychiatric Association show that patients with unipolar, non-psychotic Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with NeuroStar TMS Therapy® achieved significant improvements in both depression symptoms and in quality of life measurements. Overall, 58 percent of patients achieved a positive response to NeuroStar TMS therapy, with 37 percent of patients achieving remission from their depression.After an average of five weeks of NeuroStar treatment, the percentage of patients reporting extreme problems with anxiety and depression decreased by 42.2 percent, demonstrating a reduction in depression symptomatology. For overall treatment effect, the percentage of patients reporting no problems in performing usual activities improved by 30.5 percent.”The improvements we observed show that non-drug therapy with NeuroStar TMS not only reduces the symptomatic suffering of patients, but lessens the disability of depression with important implications for these individuals’ ability to return to functioning effectively at home, in the workplace, and in the community,” said Ian A. Cook, M.D., Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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.
**The Dr. Oz Show will feature the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat depression! Save the date: March Wednesday 14th, 2012**
Dr. Oz has become somewhat of a staple on American television. One of the many medical shows currently on air, The Dr. Oz Show presents relevant medical tips and tricks through various professional interviews and segments to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. Recently, the program showcased the benefits and troubles of ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy). Dr. Oz presented the beginnings of ECT and how it was given pre-1950 – this was the time when patients needed to be anesthetized during treatments while having severe convulsions. Their segment then did a great job at representing the modern procedure and how it is given today as well as the pros and cons or electroconvulsive therapy.
Categories: Depression Treatments
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.