What Is Depression?
Depression is a common mood disorder and a major public health problem. Data from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that over 16 million adults in the U.S. have had at least one major depressive episode in the last year. Depression is often characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness, loss of interest, sleep disturbances, agitation, slowed thinking, troubles with concentration, and thoughts of hurting oneself. Depression can also manifest itself in physical symptoms, such as lack of energy, fatigue, slowed movements, or aches and pains.
What is Major Depressive Disorder?
Major Depressive Disorder is more than just experiencing a bout of the blues or feeling low. It’s persistent—lasting for more than 2 weeks—and pervasive—impacting multiple aspects of your life, such as work, school, and social activities. Anyone can experience depression, and there isn’t any single specific cause for it. Factors that might contribute to depression include biological differences, hormones, brain chemistry, traumatic or stressful events, chronic illness, medication, and/or inherited traits.
Treating Depression With TMS
Depression is a treatable condition but requires clinically appropriate and consistent care. Many people can feel better with medications and/or psychotherapies, but not everyone. For those who have not had satisfactory results from medication, or who have not been able to tolerate the side effects, TMS Therapy offers an alternative and complementary solution.
TMS does not have the same side effects as antidepressant medications and has been scientifically shown to be effective for individuals suffering from depression. It is a safe and non-invasive treatment that research suggests can have similar effects on antidepressant medications.
I’ve had many years of persistent anxiety and depression since I was 12 years old. I’ve also gone through several tough times along the way, including losing a parent to cancer. My life was affected by the depression and anxiety drastically. At times, I was unable to leave my home. I missed a lot of experiences as a teenager and as a young adult. Medication to help ease the anxiety and depression had made me feel terribly worse. TMS was my last hope, and all the people at Tao made me feel very comfortable during my treatment. I’ve made almost a full recovery, and am beyond pleased with the care I have received.
The TMS went a lot better than I had expected. (There was) minimal discomfort and overall it was pretty easy to tolerate. My mood, mentality, and everything changed to a much more positive feeling. I feel very confident, and much happier now. My family and friends noticed I smile much more with a happy glow to me. I now can finally see myself serving a good purpose. I used to view myself as a wasting away soul. Life is worth living.
As a patient at Tao Integrative Medicine /New Jersey TMS Center, for once I felt cared for, and not like a lab rat. To be listened to, and treated like a family member, was one thing I really enjoyed from here. That Zen vibe of Tao that just follows me from the moment I leave. No doctor before really made me feel at ease, let alone had shown me how to feel at peace. I enjoyed the experience very much. All the providers seemed very professional.