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The persistent feeling of sadness and the loss of interest in things or activities you used to enjoy is not normal. If you’re experiencing these symptoms or finding it hard to function in your every-day life, you may be depressed.

What is depression?

Depression is an overwhelming feeling of sadness or loneliness, usually lasting for long periods of time. Unlike occasional sadness or loneliness, depression can cause physical symptoms and can greatly impact your quality of life.

Depression can affect the way you live, including your interactions and relationships with people in your life. Traditional treatments of depression include the use of antidepressant drugs, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. It is not uncommon for these to decrease in effectiveness over time. If you’ve tried traditional treatment methods with little to no results, it may be time to consider an alternative option.

TMS for Depression

TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is an alternative treatment option for mood disorders like depression. It’s a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate the nerve cells of the brain, improving the symptoms of depression. It’s typically recommended when the usual treatment for depression isn’t working.

During a TMS session, an electromagnetic coil is used. This is placed against the scalp to deliver magnetic pulses that stimulate the nerve cells that are involved in mood control and depression. Studies have shown that such stimulation affects how the brain works and effectively improves the symptoms of depression.

Give yourself the gift of freedom in the New Year!

NeurOasis in Tucson, Arizona specializes in TMS therapy. We want to be part of your journey. Call (520) 338-2557 to schedule a free consultation with one of our specialists today.

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate key areas of the brain. It is an FDA-approved treatment for major depression and other conditions like anxiety, PTSD, stroke, anorexia, autism spectrum disorders, and for pain management. It’s generally safe and offers long-lasting effects compared to conventional treatment methods.

How It Works

During a TMS therapy session, an electromagnetic coil is placed on the head, above the targeted area of the brain.

The magnetic fields from the device do not directly affect the whole brain. They only reach about 2-3 centimeters beneath the treatment coil. As they move into the brain, they produce very small electric currents, which stimulate the nerve cells that are involved in depression and mood control.

The exact mechanism of how TMS works is still not completely understood but several studies have shown that the stimulation from TMS helps in easing the symptoms of depression and other mood disorders. It is also shown to help in the recovery of stroke patients.

The initial treatment course is usually comprised of five treatments per week for four to six weeks. Additional TMS sessions may be needed for optimal antidepressant benefits or “maintenance” for some.

Is it safe?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a safe and non-drug therapy option for patients with major depressive disorder, anxiety, and PTSD.

Compared to the conventional treatment methods like drug therapy, TMS is not associated with major side effects. There may be slight discomfort or pain at the treatment site but it’s only temporary.

To find out if TMS Therapy could make a difference in  your life, call (520) 338-2557 to schedule your free consultation today.

Holiday Depression

For many people, the holidays are the happiest times of the year. However, for some, it’s the complete opposite. The hustle and the bustle during the holiday season can cause stress, anxiety, and loneliness.

Why We Get Depressed During the Holidays

There are several reasons why depression is common during the holidays. These include:

  • Social isolation
    Social isolation is the most common reason for the holiday blues. This is usually the case for those who have a small social circle or those with little to no opportunities for social interaction. It’s easy for these people to view those who are with their family or friends as happier than they are. They may even ask themselves, “why can’t that be me?”
  • Unrealistic expectations
    The excessive commercialization of the holidays and the perfect holiday depicted by many TV shows and ads can make some people set unrealistic expectations for the season. And when these expectations are not met, they end up disappointed and depressed.
  • Never-ending to-do list
    The holiday season can create fear and a heightened pressure on those who are trying to do so much. Coupled with perfectionism, those with a never-ending to-do list can easily feel defeated even with the slightest mistake in doing something. They feel like they already disappointed the people around them and that they’re always bound for failure.

What to Do

If you’re already starting to feel the holiday blues, then know that there are ways to help in alleviating it.

  1. Try to reduce your stress
    Try to reduce your stress. You can do this by limiting your commitments and family activities, setting limits on your holiday purchases, and setting realistic expectations for the season.
  2. Continue your healthy practices
    Eating healthy and engaging in regular physical activity are shown to help in reducing your risk of mood problems.
  3. Join support groups
    Seeking help from a counselor or support group can provide you with social support during this vulnerable time of the year.

 

If depression is something you experience outside of the holiday season, it may be time to think about other options. NeurOasis specializes in TMS therapy. TMS therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a safe, effective, and noninvasive way of managing the symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.

Contact us to find out how we can help you cope with the holiday depression

Is Anxiety Taking Over Your Life?

Many of us experience anxiety from time to time. You may have felt it while applying for a job or when attending an event where you don’t know anyone. While occasional anxiety is normal, persistent anxiety is not.

What is chronic anxiety?

Chronic anxiety, which is also known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), is a condition characterized by excessive and exaggerated worry.

People suffering from GAD tend to have ongoing and excessive worry or tension, often feel restless, and have unrealistic view of problems. Their anxiety does not just affect the way they think, feel, and behave, it can also affect them physically.

Those living with GAD may experience muscle aches and tension, headaches, nausea, fatigue, trouble falling or staying asleep, difficulty in breathing, and trembling.

Effects of GAD

A person suffering from GAD is plagued with constant worry, dread, and fear. This, in turn, can affect different areas of his/her life including school, work, and relationships.

Managing Anxiety Disorders with TMS Therapy

Anxiety disorders can be managed. Some of the most common ways of managing anxiety disorders include anti-anxiety medications, behavioral therapy, and cognitive therapy. However, if none of these work for you, then you may try TMS therapy.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS is a safe, effective, and noninvasive way of managing conditions like anxiety. It works by creating a magnetic field for inducing a small electric current in a specific area of the brain. The small electric current suppresses the overactive area of the brain, leading to reduction of anxiety symptoms.

If you’re considering TMS therapy, NeurOasis in Tucson can help. We are dedicated to treating patients suffering from conditions like GAD who are no longer responsive to traditional treatments. To find out more how TMS therapy can help your anxiety disorder, schedule a free consultation with us today.