Depression is a serious medical illness that affects nearly 7% of all adults in the United States, causing persistent sadness that becomes debilitating as it interferes with their thoughts, mood, behavior, and physical health. Sibyl Simon, MD, and the exceptional team at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America have extensive experience diagnosing and treating depression. They use psychotherapy and several alternative treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, for patients with treatment-resistant depression. If you struggle with ongoing depression, call the office in Coral Springs, Florida, or schedule an appointment online.
According to the DSM-5, a diagnostic guide published by the American Psychiatric Association, major depressive disorder is diagnosed when you feel depressed or sad, or you lose interest in your usual activities, and you have four or more of the following symptoms during the same two-week period:
When you’re depressed, your symptoms are present most of the day and nearly every day.
Treatment for depression begins with antidepressants and psychotherapy. The therapists at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America are skilled at using many different types of talk therapy, so they choose the approach that works best for you.
If your symptoms don’t improve after several courses of medication, you have treatment-resistant depression, a problem that affects 30% of all people treated for depression. Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America offers several alternative therapies for treatment-resistant depression.
The team at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America provides the following alternative treatments for patients with treatment-resistant depression or those who can’t tolerate the side effects of their medication:
Ketamine is a medication that’s given intravenously, where it quickly reaches your brain and balances brain chemicals that regulate depression. Esketamine (SPRAVATOⓇ) is a form of ketamine that’s administered in the office using a nasal spray.
TMS stimulates nerve activity in your brain using a device that’s placed against your head and sends magnetic pulses into your brain. The stimulation restores normal nerve activity and increases neurotransmitters in the area of your brain that regulates mood. As a result, your depression improves.
The team at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America proudly provides state-of-the-art treatment using the Nexstim SmartFocus® TMS device. Unlike most TMS devices, the SmartFocus TMS targets a precise area using 3D brain imaging.
ECT is considered for severe depression, treatment-resistant depression, and when a rapid response is needed in patients who are suicidal. During ECT, you receive general anesthesia, then your physician places electrodes on your scalp and sends an electrical current through your brain.
The vagus nerve originates in your brain and passes through your neck. Your provider implants a device that generates mild electrical impulses. The impulses travel through the vagus nerve and into your brain, where the electrical stimulation boosts nerve activity in the area of the brain that regulates mood.
Compassionate care and effective treatments are available for depression at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America. Call the office or book an appointment online today.