Depression Doesn’t Have to Hold You Back
Living with depression can feel like a lifetime sentence of feeling sad, hopeless, and worthless. Getting through a normal day may feel like a mountain that’s too tall to climb. You may feel like nothing will ever change or get better. But this doesn’t have to be your reality! Anyone feeling this way long-term, or is experiencing other symptoms of clinical depression, deserves to live a happy, fulfilled life. The first, most important step is asking for help and exploring treatment options. You don’t need to begin your recovery journey alone!
There are a wide range of treatment options available for people living with depression. Navigating these options while living with mental illness may seem daunting. When common methods like antidepressants, talk therapy, and exercise do not improve your condition, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy may help. This innovative treatment is FDA-approved for depression and non-invasive. When you’re ready to explore a better option for your depression, Oasis TMS Louisville is here to help.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms of Depression?
Depression is as individual as the person living with the disorder, and there are various types of depression diagnoses. The mental health and wellness community generally recognizes a depression diagnosis in a person who is experiencing five or more common symptoms for a period of two weeks or more:
- prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
- significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- irritability, anger, worry, agitation, or anxiety
- pessimism, indifference
- loss of energy, persistent lethargy
- feelings of guilt, worthlessness
- inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
- inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal
- recurring thoughts of death or suicide
Will TMS Therapy Help My Depression?
For many people living with depression, feelings of despair dominate nearly every aspect of daily life. This can take a significant toll on interpersonal relationships, professional lives, and a person’s overall wellness. Depression impacts a person’s decisions, thought processes, and interactions. While many people manage to lift the heavy fog of depression through lifestyle changes, coping mechanisms, psychotherapy or medications, others still struggle to find peace of mind.
While antidepressants alter your brain chemically, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy uses magnetic fields to stimulate underactive nerve cells in the brain. At Oasis TMS, we use a top-of-the-line, FDA-approved device to direct magnetic energy pulses to the brain’s prefrontal cortex. As a result, transcranial magnetic stimulation can painlessly revitalize areas of the brain responsible for mood control while improving communication within the central nervous system.
TMS trials have shown to produce lasting, positive effects on brain function in people who have otherwise experienced a form of treatment-resistant depression. At Oasis TMS, our mission is to offer an environment conducive to providing results-orientated relief from depression and other mood disorders.
How Is TMS Therapy Administered For Depression?
Oasis TMS provides treatment in our comfortable and convenient locations in suburban Louisville (St. Matthews) and Radcliff, Kentucky. Using the MagVenture system, Oasis TMS offers an industry-standard, 19-minute TMS protocol and a newer, three-minute protocol called Theta Burst.
TMS therapy for depression is always a non-systemic process, meaning nothing enters the bloodstream at any time. Unlike some more traditional treatment methods for depression, additional treatment benefits include:
- No sedation – patient remains awake and alert during treatment
- No drugs – unlike with some medications, there are no side effects like weight gain, drowsiness, sleeplessness, stomach upset or sexual problems you may experience with medication.
With TMS therapy, no post-treatment recovery time is required and patients may return to daily routines immediately following a session. The amount of time required for a treatment is based on the frequency, intensity, and range of stimulation needed for a patient’s diagnosed condition.
If you are someone living with a depression diagnosis, it is important to remember that the condition does not define who you are as a person. Depression does not indicate weakness or lack of will. In fact, depression is a diagnosable medical condition that affects 17.3 million adults in America every year. You can get better and there is help available – even for the most resistant forms of depression.
If you and your doctor have tried countless treatment options for your depression and not experienced adequate relief, TMS therapy could be the answer for you. Oasis TMS offers a safe, welcoming environment where providing non-medicated, results-orientated relief from depression and other mood disorders is our only priority. Start by taking the first step toward feeling better. Call us today at 502-742-8182 – Oasis TMS is ready to help!