Two-thirds of people seeking help with depression treatment won’t find relief from their first antidepressant. Up to one-third of these individuals may not even have luck with several different attempts at different types of medication for depression. These people may continue struggling with this resistance to drugs for years without ever getting any relief.
Depression affects every single aspect of your life. It affects how you think, what you feel, and how you function every day. It covers you with an overwhelming sense of helplessness that never seems to let up no matter what you do. Some people can get relief from medication, therapy, or self-help. Maybe a combination of the three, but for others, nothing seems to help.
Because depression can be resistant to other types of treatment, you have to treat it differently. The average standard of care just won’t work for you. Your primary care physician is likely unable to do much more than prescribe medication and help you find a therapist to help you work through your issues.
If you notice that your current treatment plan isn’t working, it may just be time to ask your primary care physician to refer you to someone who can help you in ways that they can’t.
NeuroStar TMS is excellent because it works when drugs and other methods of treatment for depression fail.
Standard treatments for depression include:
- Electroconvulsive therapy
- Ketamine infusions
It is also an excellent alternative to brain surgery to get relief from your depression symptoms.
The FDA has cleared TMS as an alternative treatment for depression. In fact, the Neurostar machine is an FDA-cleared instrument for this type of depression treatment.
Patients are fully awake and able to read or watch videos while undergoing NeuroStar TMS treatment. There is no need for any type of sedation or (don’t have to be anesthetized) downtime following the procedure. Once the treatment is over, they can go back to their regular routine.
TMS has fewer side effects than antidepressants or electroconvulsive therapy while seeing more improvements in their depression symptoms.
Electroconvulsive treatment can cause serious memory problems.
Some of the common antidepressant side effects include:
- Sexual problems
- Fatigue and dizziness
Headaches are the most common side effect of TMS therapy and can be remedied with acetaminophen or aspirin for relief. This type of treatment may not be ideal for those who suffer from epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, or severe neurological issues because it can exacerbate symptoms.