The darkness of depression descends on the afflicted individual like a thick dark cloud, isolating them from the reality they once knew. While in the throes of a major depressive event, feelings of despair and hopelessness crowd out the remnants of former joy and pleasure, making the mere thought of happiness seem like a distant memory. The enormous energy needed to even get out of bed in the morning cannot be mustered, so solitude and inactivity become the daily reality of the depressed person.
Depression impacts a staggering number of people; a whopping 15 million adults in the U.S. suffer this debilitating condition. At least one-third of the people who suffer from depression never seek the help they need, believing they will eventually snap out of it. Well meaning efforts by friends and loved ones fall flat, as they are not equipped to even begin to understand the complexities of a depressive illness. Often, their attempts to cheer up their depressed loved one will only result in that person pulling away out of frustration and shame, further alienating themself.
At the core of most depressive illness is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Thankfully, study after study are demonstrating that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can help to reset and rebalance the brain’s chemistry, offering hope to those who suffer from this often unbearable condition.
Signs of Depression
- Pervasive sense of sadness and hopelessness
- Sleep disturbances- either insomnia or sleeping in excess
- Changes in eating habits, resulting in weight gain or loss
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Irritability, anger, and agitated states
- Suicide ideation and preoccupation with death
Types of Depression
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). These episodes last a minimum of two weeks and may be a single event or multiple episodes.
Persistent Depressive Disorder. Continuous depressed state that may vary in severity.
Other forms of depression. These include post-partum depression, affecting 10-15% of new mothers after giving birth and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is triggered by a lack of sun exposure, usually occurring in the wintertime.
If you believe you are suffering from depression, contact your health provider or call Achieve TMS for a consultation at (877) 395-7021.
If you believe your life is in danger, contact 911 for immediate help. To talk with a crisis worker, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.