However, there is a new, drug-free, non-invasive treatment called TMS Therapy® available for many who suffer from this many times debilitating disease. In 2008 the FDA cleared the use of the NeuroStar TMS Therapy for treating depression, and in many cases this has provided some much needed good news for many sufferers who had lost hope during too many gray days.Infographic facts about depression and TMS Therapy:
1) About 6.9% of adults suffer from depression.
"I have depression" is a common refrain, according to an article in the Huffington Post:
- "6.9% of US adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2012.
- The article also quoted a 2013 study in which 30% of women had the disorder 4-6 weeks after giving birth."
2) About 16 million adults have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
"How do I deal with my depression" and "How do I find out if I am depressed" are common questions.
- "Major depression is a serious medical illness that affects approximately 14-16 million Americans.
- Depression can cause ongoing sadness that changes how a person thinks, feels, and acts every day."
What types of depression medication are there, and are there alternatives that work and are safe?
"Approximately 4 million of those on medication are considered poorly served, which means that while medication can help manage symptoms for many people, there are those approximate 4 million patients that do not benefit or do not fully benefit from taking standard antidepressant medication.1" Which means that many sufferers deal with the side effects, which can be numerous and varied, for little in terms of relief from their disease."
See the Orange Chart below.4) More depressing facts:
- Women are more likely than men to suffer from depression11
- Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide11
- Depression has no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries12
- Researchers estimate that by the year 2030, depression will be the leading cause of disease -- on length and health of lives—worldwide11,13
5) Here is the good news. TMS Therapy offers hope and remission as a drug-free, non-invasive solution to depression, with very few side effects.
Since TMS Therapy® was FDA cleared* in 2008, it has been proven by the over 24,000 people who have been successfully treated by TMS Therapy to date. While doctors don't typically like to use the word "cure", many patients have gone into remission, and have cut back significantly on their use of anti-depressants. Some, with their doctor's permission have gone off their medication completely.
- The first TMS Therapy System cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat patients with Major Depression Disorder (MDD) who have not benefitted from prior antidepressant medication in the current episode.
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses short pulses of a magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. The pulsed magnetic field may have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels.
- TMS Therapy is a non-systemic (does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body) and non-invasive (does not involve surgery) form of neuromodulation, which stimulates nerve cells in an area of the brain that is linked to depression.
- Patients being treated by NeuroStar TMS Therapy do not require anesthesia or sedation and remain awake and alert.
- The treatment is typically administered daily for 6 weeks.
- It is a 37-minute outpatient procedure that is prescribed by a psychiatrist and performed in a psychiatrist’s office.
- There are very few side effects.
- It is not uncommon for patients to be able to lower their current prescription dosages, but you should always check with your doctor prior to doing so.
- The most common side effect is pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site.
- These events are transient; they occur during the TMS treatment course and do not occur for most patients after the first week of treatment.
- There is a rare risk of seizure associated with the use of NeuroStar TMS (<0.1% per patient).
- NeuroStar TMS Therapy should not be used with patients who have non-removable conductive metal in or near the head.
- NeuroStar TMS Therapy has not been studied in patients who have not received prior antidepressant treatment.
- Learn more, download the Free Patient Guide.
While TMS is not for everyone, if you or a loved one are dealing with depression and have not gotten the results you're looking for, you might consider having a conversation with your doctor to see if you would benefit from TMS Therapy treatment. You can learn more about the process by clicking on the button below.
Depression is a serious illness, affecting approximately 16.1 million people in the U.S, and 350 million people worldwide. Depression is a "life stealer”, it grays over and weights down people's joy and vitality, and is becoming the largest health burden in world health. For years, medication has helped manage symptoms, however, many patients are just not satisfied with the results, nor the nasty side effects they get with the “cocktail” of standard drug based therapy. There is hope…
TMS Therapy, “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” (TMS) is about giving lives back. TMS Solutions utilizes patented, FDA cleared, NeuroStar TMS Therapy® to provide a proven, successful approach to achieving remission from depression (not just manage symptoms!). There are many insurance companies that cover TMS Therapy, including Medicare, Blue Cross (most states). Humana and the VA are also now covering and allowing this process. In addition to treating depression, it is also proving helpful in treating anxiety, PTSD, Tinnitus and Postpartum depression.
- TMS efficacy is showing better results than traditional medication, with far fewer, less severe side effects.
- TMS Therapy has provided relief for over 24,000 depression sufferers to date.
- Approximately 1 out of 3 people have experienced complete remission from depression.
- 50% of patients have drastic reductions in their symptoms.
- TMS therapy is bringing new hope to patients and families every day.
Patients have been heard to say, "The gray is gone!"