What Causes Depression?

Depression is often due to a chemical imbalance in the brain, but there are a number of reasons why depression can develop. (1,2)  According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people of all ages around the world are depressed. (3) While two people may experience the same…

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TMS is an FDA-approved treatment option for depression, and studies have shown it to be particularly effective for people who have tried multiple antidepressants with no success.  In one study of treatment-resistant patients (patients for whom antidepressants did not work), 58% of patients saw improvement in their symptoms after one…

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Deep TMS therapy, also called dTMS, is a type of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy that is FDA-approved to treat patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  During dTMS treatments, a doctor or nurse fits a helmet that contains a metal coil over the patient’s head.…

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It’s common for people who have an anxiety disorder, ADD/ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, or a traumatic brain injury to also be suffering from depression. Rates of depression among people with these conditions are higher than rates of depression among the general public. When depression is diagnosed alongside another condition, it’s…

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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 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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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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