Trifecta Health Medical Center helps the patient to fight with depression in various ways: from medication treatment to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS.
Summer is almost upon us, and that means light, colour and brightness. All very wonderful things, I’m sure you’ll agree. However, for some of us, no matter what the season, life can be very dark indeed.
A surprising percentage of people are affected by depression in its various forms. This can be anything from feeling down and not knowing why, to full blown, serious depression, which at its very worst, can leave the sufferer feeling like there’s no reason to go on. Nobody deserves to feel this way, and thankfully these days there are many things we can do to make sure that this level of darkness never turns out the light.
The first port of call will more than likely be medication, yet for some, anti-depressants don’t work enough, at all, or they cause side effects that are just impossible to live with. This doesn’t have to be the end of the treatment line, and one method that is particularly effective for those who can’t take anti-depressants for any of the above reasons, is TMS – or to give it its full name, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
Sounds scientific, but how does it work?
A person suffering with depression will have a chemical imbalance in the brain, usually the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for mood balance. It’s this chemical problem that causes low mood and feeling helpless, but TMS helps correct this imbalance, giving welcome relief to sufferers.
No side effects, no downtime, and it all takes about 30 minutes. Easy! The best part is that this scientific business is all very non-invasive, so you don’t even know anything is going on – it really is as simple as sitting in a chair.
So what happens during the procedure?
Well, as I said, you literally sit in a chair and wait. A magnetic coil is placed at the side of the head, and really that’s all the patient knows about it. What is going on beneath the surface however, is nothing short of amazing. Small currents are passed from the coil, around 2-3cm into the brain, and activate neurotransmitters in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, correcting that imbalance we were talking about.
How many times a patient needs this treatment depends on the individual, however generally multiple visits are required, for around 3-6 weeks for optimum benefit.
Don’t let the darkness win – choose to enjoy summer.
Trifecta Health and Dr Fruitman offers innovative depression treatment- TMS Therapy – in downtown Manhattan. Please call: (212) 233-2830 for your complimentary TMS consultation.
Article written by Trifecta Health