Can Pets Help with Depression

Can Pets Help with Depression?

Pets and humans have spent several millennia together, and there’s plenty of evidence that we’ve domesticated animals long before we even began keeping a written history of the human race. Yet we tamed and bred animals for more than just hunting and livestock. Since time immemorial, we’ve considered plenty of animals as friends, partners, and…

Depression Medication Doesn't Work For Everyone

Why Doesn’t Depression Medicine Work on Everyone?

First line treatment for depression involves talk therapy and antidepressant medication. Millions of Americans who struggle with depressive symptoms are prescribed antidepressant pills every year, and their effectiveness in part explains why they’re utilized so often in the treatment of depression. But antidepressants neither cure depression, nor do they affect everyone equally. Firstly, there is…

How to Know if my Insurance Covers TMS

How to Know If My Insurance Covers TMS

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a treatment option for patients with major depressive disorder and other mental health conditions. While still less-known than other more conventional methods for treating depression, TMS has grown rapidly in the public eye, through the efforts of dozens of TMS clinics throughout the country and the work of many doctors and…

Depression Help at Home

Everyday Things That Can Help Manage Depression

The first line treatment for major depressive disorder includes the use of antidepressants and talk therapy, typically making use of SSRIs and a form of behavioral therapy like CBT. However, there is a lot more that can be done to combat the symptoms of depression. Medication and proper treatment (through either medication, therapy, or TMS)…

The Difference Between rTMS and dTMS

What’s the Difference Between dTMS and rTMS?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a treatment method for depression developed to help patients who do not respond to first line treatment. Rough estimates suggest that up to a third of people with depressive symptoms remain symptomatic despite the use of pharmacological treatment and therapy. This is a serious problem. As the leading cause of disability…

Mental Health Issues That Accompany Depression

Mental Health Issues That May Accompany Depression

An estimated 16.1 million adults in the US struggle with depression, while an estimated 322 million people across the world have depressive symptoms. As a mental health disorder, depression comes in many different forms and with different levels of severity. Severe depressive symptoms include self-harm and suicidal ideation, as well as suicide attempts. Mild symptoms…

Deep TMS (dTMS)

What is Deep TMS?

In modern day psychiatry, there is a treatment method for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder that relies on magnets. One might say it’s a brave new world, yet transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) machines are based on research and experimentation decades old. Yet instead of using electricity, TMS machines use magnetic waves to subtly affect certain brain…

Will Health Insurance Cover OCD

Will My Insurance Cover TMS Treatment for OCD?

BrainsWay’s deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device was approved for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by the FDA in August 2018, opening the door for a new form of treatment to be both officially approved by the country’s regulatory body on medication and therapy, and in time, the country’s biggest insurance providers. Deep transcranial…

What Side Effects of Depression

What Are the Side Effects of Depression?

When the average person thinks of depression, it’s likely that they’re thinking of sudden bursts of sadness, thoughts of worthlessness, a lack of interest in old hobbies, and in severe cases, serious thoughts of suicide. But there is more to depression than just thought, as the disorder affects many on such a level that the…