Prescription antidepressants, in combination with talk therapy, are typically the first line of treatment prescribed for depression, but they’re also associated with several side effects that can deter patients from wanting to take them.  For patients who do not like the idea of taking antidepressants because of the side effects,…

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The most common way of treating depression is with prescription antidepressant medications. There are many different types of antidepressants—each type works in a unique way to relieve symptoms. Although antidepressants provide relief for many patients, they are also associated with unpleasant side effects, like: Nausea Increased appetite that can lead…

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Many people who are taking antidepressants for major depressive disorder (MDD) struggle to understand whether their medications are working. Should you feel happy 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Is it normal to still feel depressed even if you’ve been taking antidepressants for a certain period?  Antidepressants don’t…

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Many people who have suffered from clinical depression, or who have a loved one who suffers from depression, may have noticed that they’re not the only one in their family who has it. It’s very common for major depressive disorder (MDD) to run in families. Depression is caused by a…

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A new transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) technology, called intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS), has shown promise for veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition in which someone develops stress reactions after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It is often accompanied by flashbacks and nightmares…

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a novel therapy for treatment-resistant depression that has been getting a lot of attention recently. Patients who have tried multiple antidepressant medications and are frustrated with results are choosing to try TMS. Several studies prove the positive results of TMS for people with treatment-resistant depression.…

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Since it’s approval in 2008 for the treatment of depression, TMS hasn’t received a significant amount of media coverage, but recently this has started to change. Today, TMS is getting a lot more attention as patients are trying this novel therapy and sharing their results. Researchers also continue to investigate…

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Depression is the second most common illness seen among veterans — one in eight to 10 veterans visiting a primary care physician has major depression disorder (MDD) that requires treatment. (1,2) In fact, depression plagues veterans so much that the US Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that approximately 20…

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment option for mental health disorders, such as depression. Although TMS is only FDA-approved for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression (2008) and OCD (2018), many doctors including myself support the off-label use of TMS to treat other mental health and behavioral conditions. (1,…

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