What To Do When Medications Aren’t Enough?

No matter how hard we try to stay positive and motivated, we all have bad days.

After all, no one is immune to life’s challenges or setbacks.

It’s also safe to say that we’ve all experienced sadness- and will likely face it again at some point in our lives. In fact, sadness
is a normal human emotion that’s usually triggered by things like difficulty or disappointment.

In most cases, we can usually identify the cause of our sadness. But, for someone with depression, it’s more than simply feeling sad. The symptoms of depression can be absolutely crippling for those who suffer. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a debilitating illness associated with frequent relapses, persistent symptoms, and incomplete recovery.

MDD can interfere with daily activities, causing persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest, and hope. It negatively impacts relationships, disrupts school and career goals, and robs people of the peace and happiness they hope for in life. In the worst cases, some people feel as if life isn’t worth living anymore.

The darkness of depression is something that affects an estimated 1 in 6 Americans. Luckily, many will find relief in medications and/or therapy. But what about the 30% of patients who still can’t find relief from their depression symptoms?

In the field of psychiatry, our first-line treatment usually consists of psychotherapy and/or medication. But, for the one-third of patients who are failed by traditional protocol, interventional treatments may be the answer.

TMS Is A Safe, Non-Invasive Treatment for Depression

Medication and Psychotherapy are usually first-line treatments for depression that help many people find relief. However, for some people, this first intervention does not result in complete resolution of their symptoms and they need to try something else.

TMS is a non-invasive therapy that involves no medication and has very few side effects. It was FDA cleared in 2008 and patients have been treated for major depression with TMS since the mid-1990s.

This treatment uses MRI strength magnetic pulses that are delivered several times per second into the front part of the head. TMS is administered while patients are awake and alert watching TV or interacting with staff. No anesthesia or pre-medication is required and there are no memory problems after the treatment. Patients can drive themselves home or to work immediately afterward.

The Results Can Be Transformative

Dr. McClelland and his team have transformed the lives of many through TMS therapy. Many of our patients may begin to notice changes in mood within 2 to 4 weeks. Continued stimulation creates new neural pathways and brain connections over time that lead to changes in energy, motivation, and mood.

Unlike medication, TMS Therapy is not associated with weight gain, sexual side effects or slowed thinking. Generally, there are very few side effects except for some scalp tenderness usually resolving after the second or third treatment.

The use of TMS therapy may not always eliminate the need to continue antidepressant medicine although many patients can reduce the dosage or the number of medicines they are taking.

We’re Here For the Mental Health Needs Of Our Community

If you or a loved one suffers from depression in Seattle, you might be wondering how anyone can really relate to what you’re going through. You want to get better, but it’s hard to see through the heavy veil of depression. Maybe you’ve tried antidepressants without relief.

We understand, and our team is here for you. Our team’s mission is to bring TMS healing to patients suffering from major depression or other mental illnesses. Don’t hesitate to reach out today!

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