Feelings of sadness and stress are occasionally due to life events like the demise of a close friend or family member or the loss of a job. However, if these feelings persist for an extended period, you may have depression. Fortunately, your San Diego Psychiatrist at Mindset offers effective treatments for treatment-resistant depression with high success rates. We’ll discuss some ways to overcome depression.
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What you should know about depression
Depression refers to a mood disorder resulting in loss of joy and feelings of sadness. These feelings differ from the occasional mood fluctuations you experience as part of life. Major life events such as job loss or grief can result in depression. Although such events lead to negative feelings, depression symptoms persist despite the change of circumstances, and the emotions are chronic, intense, and not proportional to current affairs. Depression is not a pesky feeling you can wish away without treatment. The Mindset team understands that depression can significantly affect your quality of life and offer the appropriate treatments and support to help you overcome it.
Signature symptoms of depression
While depression is known to occur only once in your life, you may experience several episodes. During these episodes, you may experience restlessness, slowed thinking, frequent suicidal thoughts, unexplained physical pain like headaches and back pain, reduced appetite, and sleep disturbances like insomnia. In most cases, depression symptoms can severely interfere with your performance in school or at work. They may also disrupt your social relationships, making your life duller. You may also feel sad or miserable without knowing the reason. If you have persistent feelings of worthlessness, sadness, and emptiness, speak to your most trusted provider at Mindset. If you feel uncomfortable seeking treatment, confide in a faith leader, loved or friend. If you experience suicidal thoughts, call 911.
TMS is a conservative depression treatment that utilizes a magnetic field to manipulate electrical activity in your brain. Your provider places the TMS device near your head and gently transmits the magnetic pulses into your brain to boost neural activity and restore disrupted brainwaves. As brain activity normalizes, the depression symptoms resolve. TMS is FDA-approved and is especially effective for treatment-resistant depression or when your mood remains foul after taking antidepressants.
What you should know about PrTMS
PrTMS is a treatment developed by the skilled team at Mindset that addresses your depression using a personalized approach. One feature that makes PrTMS better than TMS is that the team uses the PeakLogic ComfortScan EEG to analyze your brainwave pattern. They then discuss your symptoms and feed this information into leading-edge software for analysis. They then use the final results to develop an individualized treatment plan that involves magnetic intensity. Your doctor may use the smallest level of magnetic stimulation during your treatment and still achieve excellent results.
During your appointment at Mindset, you may need to sit and relax as the device transmits magnetic impulses into your brain. The treatment usually lasts for about 30 mins per session. The team may recommend attending treatment sessions five days a week for eight weeks.
If depression disrupts your daily life, contact the Mindset office or schedule an appointment online.