Is TMS Right for Me?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is an illness affecting many Americans. Approximately half the time depression is associated with SAD. According to Psychology Today, "Seasonal affective disorder is estimated to affect 10 million Americans. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD...many people with SAD report at least one close relative with a psychiatric disorder, most frequently a severe depressive disorder (55 percent) or alcohol abuse (34 percent).”

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While we're normally sharing about TMS Therapy and the exciting results our patients have achieved (upwards of an 80% reduction in symptoms), TMS isn't for everyone. TMS therapy is only indicated for treatment-resistant depression, meaning insurance only pays for MDD treatment when there have been four failures of medication.

For many others suffering lower levels of depression, there are other solutions. Here are seven tips from Shelby Deering’s “comfort kit” referenced in her article "Fight Off Seasonal Depression with These 7 Affordable Essentials". We hope these help you cope with the winter months ahead.

1. Daily nature sessions, ranging from walks to forest bathing

2.Warm and cozy cold-weather accessories

3. Epsom salt baths

4. Daily light box therapy

5. Caring for houseplants

6. A somewhat full social calendar...just don't overdo it

7. Meditation (yeah, there’s an app for that, too)

These are great tips and tools, but what if you or someone you care about is on the severe end of the depressive continuum?  We have offices in Washington or Colorado , If you’re located int these two states and would like to speak with someone to find out if TMS therapy might be an option for you, click the button below to learn more.

 

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Topics: SAD

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