What do you get when you mix social isolation with uncertainty and high levels of stress? If you guessed increased depression and anxiety, then you’d be right! This recent coronavirus pandemic has tripled depression rates in the US.
If you’re feeling alone, sad, and unmotivated, then you’re far from alone!
These symptoms are not unusual during this trying time. You may not know whether you have clinical depression, though. You might also not know the options you have when it comes to treatment for depression.
Below, we’ll go over the common signs that you should seek out treatment. We’ll also talk about treatment options, including our specialty, TMS. Read on to learn everything you need to know to stop surviving and start thriving.
Did the Pandemic Make Your Depression Worse?
Happiness, joy, delight, sadness, and despair are all fleeting. Everyone experiences a range of emotions daily. Are your feelings of sadness becoming overwhelming or persistent, though? If so, then you may be dealing with something else entirely.
You could be suffering from depression.
Depression means you’re experiencing long-term symptoms associated with sadness like:
- Feeling hopeless
- Mood swings
- Brain fog
- Feelings of guilt or helplessness
- Loss of interest in sex
- Eating problems (over or under eating)
- Cramps, headaches, and physical pains that don’t go away
- Digestive problems
If you’ve noticed these signs, then it’s time to seek out treatment.
Treatment for Depression: What Are Your Options?
Depression is a complex condition. There’s no test or conclusive way to get diagnosed. First, your doctor will rule out physical conditions that could cause your symptoms. If nothing gets found, then you should start considering treatment for depression.
As if the condition wasn’t complex enough, treatment is a challenge, too.
The effectiveness of treatment varies from person to person. If one treatment method doesn’t work for you, keep trying! Many people find that they need to try several treatments until they find one that works for them.
Your first step will be talking to a mental health professional. Therapy is effective for many Americans. Antidepressants are very effective, too. About 37 million Americans are currently taking antidepressants.
Benefits of TMS Treatment
TMS therapy is another treatment option. This treatment works by using magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. This transcranial magnetic stimulation gets aimed at the brain’s prefrontal cortex.
The area of the brain that controls your mood is then revitalized!
Take the First Step Even if It’s a Small One
When you’re struggling with depression, the smallest step can seem insurmountable. You can do this, though! Reading this article means you’ve accomplished the first step: getting informed.
Now that you know about the different treatment options for depression, you have a choice.
If you’re ready to speak with our TMS therapy experts, then we want to hear from you. You can request an appointment online, and we will get in touch ASAP.