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Overcoming Depression: Find Support and Healing with CPS
There are many factors that can cause depression, including one or a combination of these circumstances:
Family history can play a significant role in the development of depression. Genetic factors may influence an individual's susceptibility to depressive disorders.
Traumatic Life Events
Experiencing trauma, such as abuse, loss, or violence, can trigger depression. These events may overwhelm coping mechanisms, leading to persistent feelings of sadness.
Hormonal fluctuations, particularly in women, can influence mood. Events like pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause may increase the risk of developing depression.
Brain Chemistry Imbalance
Certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders, heart conditions, or chronic pain, can be associated with anxiety symptoms.
Managing a chronic illness can take a toll on both physical and mental health. The stress and limitations imposed by ongoing health conditions may contribute to depression.
Certain personality traits, such as low self-esteem or a tendency toward pessimism, can contribute to the onset and persistence of depression.
Regular Exercise: Physical activity acts as a natural mood enhancer, fostering the release of endorphins to combat depressive symptoms.
Balanced Nutrition: A diet rich in essential nutrients supports mental well-being, influencing mood positively.
Adequate Sleep: Establishing healthy sleep patterns is crucial for managing depression; prioritizing rest is fundamental to overall mental health.
Treatments for Depression
Effective strategies to combat depression comprise of:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A proven therapeutic method targeting negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to depression.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): Focused on improving communication and relationship patterns, IPT assists in alleviating depressive symptoms.
Psychodynamic Therapy: Examining unconscious processes and unresolved conflicts, this approach aids in understanding and managing depression.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy: TMS involves applying short magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in surface areas of the brain, altering dysfunctional patterns associated with depression.
Antidepressants: SSRIs and SNRIs, commonly prescribed to address depression by balancing neurotransmitters in the brain.
Atypical Antidepressants: Varied medications, such as bupropion, mirtazapine, and trazodone, providing alternative pathways for treating depression.
Mood Stabilizers: In some cases, medications like lithium or certain anticonvulsants may be utilized to stabilize mood.
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What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?Transcranial magnetic stimulation, often referred to as TMS is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when antidepressant medications haven’t been effective, have ceased working, or as an alternative to medication.
How does TMS work?TMS involves delivering magnetic pulses to specific parts of the brain.
How long is TMS treatment?A typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.
Is TMS Therapy covered by my insurance?A vast majority of commercial and Medicare plans have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS Therapy and now cover TMS as part of their plans.
Is TMS Therapy a good alternative for patients who cannot tolerate the side effects of antidepressant medications?TMS does not circulate in the blood throughout the body, so it does not have side effects like weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, dry mouth, sedation, etc. The most common side effects reported during clinical trials were headache and scalp discomfort —generally mild to moderate—occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment
Is TMS Therapy like other alternative therapies that use magnets to treat some illnesses?No. TMS Therapy involves a unique method of using pulsed magnetic fields for a therapeutic benefit. The intensity of the magnetic field is similar to that of an MRI. These techniques differ radically from the popular use of low intensity, static magnetic fields. Those products deliver weak and undirected static fields that are not capable of activating brain cells. The activation and stimulation of brain cells is a key part of why TMS is so effective.
Does it hurt?While there may be some minor discomfort at the treatment site (where the device touches your head), it generally subsides within the first week of treatment. There is no sedation, or impact on your alertness. You can read, watch TV, or talk with your treatment coordinator during your session, and you can drive home immediately after treatment.
Comprehensive Psychiatric Services (CPS) stands as a beacon of support for individuals grappling with depression. Our team comprises highly skilled professionals specializing in depressive disorders, offering expert and personalized care. CPS is dedicated to evidence-based treatments, conducting thorough assessments, and adopting a patient-centered approach that underscores our effectiveness in providing holistic and innovative solutions for depression management. Our commitment to confidentiality and flexibility in treatment plans further solidifies CPS as a premier choice for those seeking personalized and effective support in overcoming depression.
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