Imagine waking up one morning and realizing that the dark cloud of depression that has been a constant presence in your life for months—or years—has lifted. After trying one antidepressant after another, what you had reluctantly accepted was just never going to happen seems to becoming a reality. Finally, a depression treatment that actually helped!
The promising alternative treatment for stubborn depression, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS), has helped thousands in the few years it has been available since its FDA approval in 2013. Now, dTMS will be available to treat those suffering in the grip of depression in the Amherst, Massachusetts region. This state of the art Amherst depression treatment finally provides relief from the debilitating symptoms of depression.
Major Depressive Disorder
Depression impacts millions of lives every single day, with 16 million Americanswrestling with a major depressive disorder (MDD) annually. An MDD is not to be confused with the common low moods experienced in response to situations, such as the loss of a loved one, a divorce, or loss of a job. In these scenarios it is perfectly normal to feel sad during the time following such a difficult life event.
With MDD the symptoms of depression are persistent, severe, and may completely incapacitate the individual, preventing them from being able to carry out even the simplest of tasks. Symptoms of an MDD may include the following:
- Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Problems with concentration, short-term memory, and decision making
- Anxiety and restlessness
- Sleep disturbances, including excessive sleeping or insomnia
- Changes in eating habits, resulting in weight gain or loss
- Persistent fatigue
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Slowed movements and thinking
- Physical symptoms such as headaches or backaches
- Frequent thoughts of death or suicide, including attempted suicide
Deep TMS is the Premier Amherst Depression Treatment
When antidepressant medications do not succeed in alleviating the symptoms of an MDD, do not lose hope. Medication-resistant depression patients are good candidates for the exciting Amherst depression treatment called dTMS. Deep TMS is a safe, noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic pulses targeting the limbic region of the brain, the mood center.
Deep TMS therapy is provided in a relaxing outpatient setting, as no general anesthesia is needed during the procedure. The patient is seated comfortably, and able to enjoy watching television or listening to music throughout the treatment session. The patient is fitted with a softly padded helmet through which the magnetic pulses are administered via an embedded coil. The placement of the coil over the scalp is strategic, with exact targeting of the prefrontal cortex.
The magnetic pulses will stimulate brain cells that are commonly sluggish in depression patients, and eventually will balance out brain chemistry. During the 20-minute sessions the patient may feel nothing at all, or possibly a very light tapping sensation on the scalp. It is very well tolerated, with few or no side effects experienced. A typical regimen is 5 sessions per week for a 4-6 week period. Patients are able to drive back to their job or home and resume normal activities immediately following the treatments.
Patients of this effective Amherst depression treatment may begin to experience real changes following the second week of treatments. Usually the first noticeable change is an improvement in sleep quality. By the end of the treatment period, patients notice improved concentration and general mood.
Achieve TMS East – Largest U.S. Provider of dTMS Depression Treatment
Achieve TMS East will now be offering this exciting Amherst depression treatment to candidates for dTMS therapy. Achieve TMS is the country’s premier provider of this cutting edge technology for depression, treating thousands with drug-resistant MDD from coast to coast. The doctors and clinicians at Achieve TMS East have extensive experience treating depression, and specialize in the dTMS technology in particular. For more information about dTMS, please call us today at (877) 297-5816.