Depression

How Long is TMS Treatment Effective For?

How Long is TMS Treatment Effective For? 150 150 admin

TMS, short for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, is a special treatment designed to reduce or entirely remove the symptoms of depression, OCD, and anxiety. Developed as an alternative to medications, electroconvulsive therapy, and other depression treatments, TMS often works where other methods have failed to alleviate symptoms.  As this is a newer therapy, most patients have many questions regarding its effectiveness. TMS works by delivering electromagnetic pulses into the brain. These pulses stimulate neurons in the prefrontal cortex, the part of your brain that controls emotions. Lowered activity in these neurons is connected to depression and by stimulating the cell activity…

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Understanding Anhedonia: How Depression Can Be Misunderstood

Understanding Anhedonia: How Depression Can Be Misunderstood 150 150 admin

When most people think of depression, they envision emotions like sadness, loneliness, and hurt. But depression is a complex condition, one that results in (and results from) changes in brain activity and chemistry. Any time something changes how your brain responds and reacts can lead to issues that may not be exactly what people think about when they think of the term “depressed.” One example is anhedonia. Anhedonia is the inability to feel pleasure. Anhedonia is common in depression and can be experienced even when other feelings may not be as apparent. What it Means to Have Anhedonia It is…

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Understanding the Types of Bipolar Disorder – Signs and Symptoms

Understanding the Types of Bipolar Disorder – Signs and Symptoms 150 150 admin

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by intense mood swings between depression (feelings of being sad, low, or empty) and mania (feelings of elation, and energy). But few patients experience or show signs of bipolar disorder in the same way. For this reason, doctors have classified bipolar disorder into several different types based on the differences most commonly seen between patients. Types of Bipolar Disorder Within these diagnoses, it is important to note that symptoms can still vary between people, and one person’s symptoms may change as they age. These factors, and the range of behaviors exhibited within…

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