Many people who find this webpage will already have tried numerous medications and psychotherapy for their depression. Often clinicians will have been educated in one or the other of these depression treatment options. They may not know as much about TMS brain stimulation. Depression is a mood disorder that results in persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest in life. It is a huge public health problem. It is a mental illness that negatively impacts how you think, feel, and act. 19 million Americans are affected by depression every day. 300 million people around the world are affected by depression. It is the number one cause of disability worldwide. It is anticipated by the World Health Organization to become even worse.
Worldwide, many people do not have adequate access to treatment. Even with sufficient treatment, an inadequate response is far too common. 50% of people who seek treatment with medications through multiple trials will not have a long-lasting response. (Based on information from the Starr*D trials.) 25% of people who get medication treatment for depression will never achieve remission with medications.
Depression causes a troubled state of mind, making it difficult or impossible to carry out your day-to-day activities. Depression is associated with the following cluster of symptoms.
These symptoms can become severe and noticeable enough to affect your quality of life and relationships. Duluth TMS specializes in repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of depression. That fits in a treatment program after medication trials and after psychotherapy. Medications have some effectiveness, and for many people, they are life-saving. Not everyone gets positive results from medications. As mentioned before, 50% of people who seek medication treatment for their depression do not have long-lasting effects from medications. 25% never get remission from depression with drugs. Psychotherapy remission rates are similar, about a 30% remission rate of 30% response rate and a 30% no help. Exercise regimens with the appropriate frequency (3 or more times per week) and duration (30-60 minutes moderate-intensity aerobic) have a similar response and remission rates. You are probably eligible for transcranial magnetic stimulation if you have severe depression after four medication trials and ineffective psychotherapy trials. Some insurance companies are a little more strict, and some are less so. Talking to one of our intake specialists will help clarify your insurance requirements.[insert contact link] Remission is defined as scoring on depression measures like someone who does not have depression. Response is defined as a decrease in your symptom numbers on depression measures by 50%. Transcranial magnetic stimulation works for about 70% of people with a remission rate of 45% and an additional 25% of people having a response.