Back to School Blues

For some students, going back to school is an exciting thing. They get to reunite with their friends, meet new classmates, and take new classes. However, for others, going back to school can trigger feelings of anxiety and depression.

Why it happens?

Back-to-school blues is a real thing. It can be easily detected among students at the start of the year.

There are several factors that can trigger these feelings.

One of which is the fear of the unknown. Some students feel more anxious in not knowing who their teachers or classmates will be. For some, these feelings can be triggered by certain expectations (i.e. it will be a tough year, etc.).

Can you prevent back-to-school blues?

Fortunately, there are things students and parents can do to help manage the emotional struggle about returning to school:

  • Practice the first day of school routine

Preparing for everything you need for school, getting into a good bedtime routine, and learning to prepare easy-to-pack meals will make your mornings run more smoothly!

  • Know your neighbors

If you’re attending a new school, going around your block and getting to know neighbors especially those of your age can help in alleviating anxiety.  Who knows you may end up having a friend or friends in your new school even before school starts?

  • Seek help

Don’t be afraid to seek help especially if the stress of going back to school is too much.

Talk to your parents, friends, or seek professional help. Having someone to talk to about these things can make a difference.

Why Traditional Treatment Isn’t Working

Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. It affects over 16 million American adults or about 6.7% of the U.S. population.

Normally, depression is managed through the use of antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications (if one has another mental or physical condition), and psychotherapy.

While medications and psychotherapy are considered the standard treatment for depression, it doesn’t mean that they work for everyone. In one article published in the Harvard Health blog, it says that only a third of those with major depression achieved remission after trying one antidepressant.

There is a term used to describe the type of depression that is not responsive to standard or conventional treatment method – treatment-resistant depression. You are most likely to have it if standard depression treatments like antidepressants and psychotherapy isn’t enough. They may not help much at all or you may feel better for a short while, only for the symptoms to come back after a certain period of time.

TMS Therapy

If you’re tired of trying different antidepressants and hopping from one therapist to another, it may be time to consider alternative depression treatments like TMS therapy.

TMS therapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields in order to stimulate certain areas of the brain responsible for your depressive symptoms. It’s FDA approved and a safe procedure for the treatment of conditions like depression, anxiety, and even PTSD.

One of the best things about TMS therapy, is that unlike conventional depression treatment methods, it isn’t associated with major side effects. To find out more how TMS can help ease your depression symptoms, you can contact us to schedule an appointment.

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.

Depression in Women

About 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from depression each year.

Research has shown that women are twice as likely to develop depression than men, and it’s estimated that about 1 in 4 women will have an episode of major depression at some point in her life.

Types of Depression That Affect Women

There are different types of depression that affect women. The most common are: major depression, postpartum depression, and persistent depressive disorder.

Major Depression

Major depression is a severe form of depression. In this type of depression, women lose their ability to find pleasure in things and activities that they used to find enjoyable. This greatly affects the way they work, function in day-to-day life, and deal with others.

Postpartum Depression

Also known as the “baby blues,” postpartum depression is a type of depression that occurs in women after the birth of their baby. Symptoms of postpartum depression usually occur in months following birth.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

A milder form of depression, persistent depressive disorder is characterized by an extended depressed mood. This can last for two years or more.

The Risk Factors

It is still unclear why the gender gap in depression exists in. However, researchers suspect that some of it can be brought on by genes, hormones, and stress.

Genes

Studies suggest that heredity accounts for 40 percent of the cases of depression. Researchers found out though that certain genetic mutations that are linked to severe depression only occur in women.

Hormones

For years, researchers have suspected that fluctuations in women’s hormones, specifically with estrogen, contribute to a woman’s greater vulnerability to depression.

Stress

Women are more likely than men to become depressed when exposed to certain stressful events. Being the primary caregiver and financial inequality can also contribute to the development of depression in women.

Treating Depression in Women

Depression in women is treated the same way as depression in men. It is most commonly treated through medications, therapy, or a combination of the two.

If you’ve tried everything with no results from traditional treatment methods, NeurOasis wants to help you get your life back. We specialize in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. TMS Therapy is a safe and FDA-approved treatment for major depression.

Make an appointment online or call (520) 338-2557 to get your free consultation today.

Parkinson’s Disease & Depression

Depression is common in patients with Parkinson’s disease. It’s a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the dopamine-producing neurons.

Dopamine plays different roles in the brain, which include those pertaining to motor function, arousal, motivation, reward, and some executive functions.

The exact cause of Parkinson’s disease is still unknown. While it’s not fatal, the disease can be debilitating. It can cause tremors (mainly at rest), slow movement, gait and balance problems, limb rigidity, and depression.

Depression in Parkinson’s Disease

Depression in Parkinson’s disease is an array of symptoms that may occur during the early stage of the disease. Oftentimes, it occurs years before other symptoms of Parkinson’s show up.

Aside from having a negative impact on one’s quality of life, depression can also worsen other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Some of the common symptoms associated with Parkinson’s related depression includes:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Low energy level
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depressed mood
  • Inability to find pleasure in things you used to enjoy
  • Suicidal thoughts

Treating Depression in Parkinson’s Disease

Depression in Parkinson’s disease is usually managed through a combination of medication and psychological therapy. There are alternative treatments though if none of these traditional treatment methods provide results. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is one of these alternative treatment methods.

TMS is a form of therapy that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate certain areas of the brain. It’s a safe and FDA-approved treatment for major depression.

NeurOasis is dedicated to treating patients with conditions like depression who have not found improvements in their symptoms through traditional methods.

To find out more how we can help you through TMS, you can schedule a free consultation with us today.

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.

TMS Therapy – A New Treatment for Depression

Major depressive disorder (MDD) remains to be the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44. Although it can affect both men and women, MDD affects more women than men.

About Major Depressive Disorder

Also known as clinical depression, major depressive disorder is a mood disorder characterized by the constant feeling of hopelessness and despair. A person with MDD suffers from intense and persistent feelings of sadness for an extended period of time.

Major depression can affect different areas of one’s life including work, study, and even relationships. It can also affect physical functions, such as sleep and appetite. Those with MDD often lose interest in activities they used to enjoy and have difficulty performing day-to-day activities.

Antidepressants are a popular choice of treatment for depression. These are a group of drugs that are designed to help correct chemical imbalances in the brain and potentially reduce the symptoms of depression.

TMS Therapy for Depression

Antidepressants are common for the treatment of depression, but some studies suggest that they don’t provide results in all cases. The effectiveness of antidepressants depends largely on the severity of the depression.

If antidepressants are no longer helping, it may be time for you to consider other treatment options.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS therapy, is a noninvasive procedure that uses a magnetic field to stimulate certain areas of the brain. It is a FDA-approved treatment for major depressive disorder, as well as other mood disorders.

At NeurOasis in Tucson, we are committed to helping our clients manage their depression through innovative technology. Our healthcare specialists have over 30 years of combined experience in mental health, and understand the challenges faced when living with a mental health disorder.

To learn more about TMS therapy at NeurOasis, contact us online or call 520-338-2557 today.