Amidst the holiday season and quarantine you may find yourself feeling down or less than yourself. Having feelings of depression can be normal, especially in today’s society. Over 300 million people are affected annually by depression, making it one of the most common mental health conditions in the world. We are committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to those who struggle with depression, and we want to educate you on the signs, symptoms, and treatment options we offer.
What is Depression?
Depression is a mental health condition that can affect the entire body, including the brain. It can negatively alter the way you think, behave, and feel. It may be defined as persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest, and unrest that last longer than a few weeks.
There are so many causes of depression, which is why it is important to work with a licensed professional when seeking treatment. In many cases, depression can stem from a disconnection of values, relationships, or other aspects of life. In other cases, it may be due to the lack of certain neurotransmitters within the brain that are responsible for feelings of joy, motivation, and affection.
Anyone can feel sad or even depressed at times. However, depression is a more intense feeling compared to the normal feelings of sadness. Depression is a mental illness that has a wide range of symptoms which can make it difficult to manage and maintain a good quality of life. They can impact a person’s ability to function, maintain relationships, keep commitments, or complete tasks.
Symptoms vary from person to person and appear during the night and day. Common symptoms or signs of depression include:
- A feeling of ongoing sadness, anxiety, or “emptiness”
- Aches or body pain such as migraines, cramps, or digestive problems
- Changes in appetite
- Decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling inadequate
- Inability to make decisions
- Loss of interest
- Low self-esteem
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Often depression cannot be managed or treated alone. If you or a loved one has begun to show signs or symptoms of depression, seek help. Fortunately, depression can be treated, and you can find relief from symptoms and improve your quality of life.
At MD Home Care we offer non-medication based treatment for depression called Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, also known as TMS. TMS is an entirely non-invasive procedure widely used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. TMS creates a magnetic field whereby a tiny electric current is induced in a specific part of the brain. The current is generated by the magnetic field created by an electromagnetic coil delivering pulses through the scalp. Treatment with TMS does not require sedation and is virtually pain-free. Typically, TMS treatment is performed four to five times per week for several weeks. Sessions usually last about 40 minutes. If you feel that the medication you take to manage your depression isn’t helping, talk to your doctor, and see if TMS may be right for you.