- What is major depression?
- What are the causes of major depression?
- How many people have depression?
- How serious is depression?
- Is there a depression cure?
- Are some people more likely to be depressed than other people?
- What are some of the symptoms of depression?
- What are some of the treatments for depression?
- What is transcranial magnetic stimulation?
Major depressive disorder is a condition which lasts two or more weeks and interferes with a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks. That can include loss in enjoyed activities that previously brought pleasure. Major depressive disorder is a condition affects around 16 million American adults. That’s around 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older.
The exact cause of depression is not known. Leading research in Neuroscience points to an imbalance in the brain’s neurotransmitters as the cause of depression. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that send signals between brain cells. A person’s life history and genetic make-up can also help determine a person’s tendency to become depressed. Cascade TMS in Portland, OR has treatment that helps by creating new or opening up existing neurotransmitters.
A study conducted by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, in 2016, reported that major depressive disorder will affect around 16 million American adults (about 6.7% of the US population) in a given year.
Yes. The National Institute of Mental Health maintains that, “Depressive illness can often interfere with normal functioning and cause pain and suffering not only to those who have the disorder, but to those who care about them. Serious depression can destroy family life as well as the life of the ill person.” Studies of depression found that nearly all the respondents who reported a major depressive disorder also reported that their social and/or work lives were negatively affected by their illness. The economic burden of depression was estimated at $210 billion in the US in 2016. Depression was the second leading cause of disability. Depression can also be a lethal disease. Each year in the US, over 30,000 people die by suicide, 60% of whom suffer from depression.
There is no known cure for depression but with effective treatment, many patients can remain symptom free.
There are many factors which can predispose certain people towards depression more than others. However, the exact causation between these factors and the occurrence of depression are still being researched and debated. Some of these risk factors include:
- Suffering from certain medical illnesses such as stroke, heart attack, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and hormonal disorders
- Hereditary predispositions to depression passed through genes.
- Experiencing a serious loss, difficult relationship, financial problem, or any stressful change in life pattern.
- Taking certain medications that may increase vulnerability to depression
The standard diagnosis guide (DSM-V) is published by the American Psychiatric Association. Depression is diagnosed when an individual is experiencing either a depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure plus four or more of the following depression symptoms during the same two-week period:
- Significant weight loss (when not dieting) or weight gain (a change of more than five percent of body weight in a month)
- Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
- Significant increase or decrease in appetite
- Diminished ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions
- Excessive sleepiness or insomnia
- Agitation and restlessness
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive and inappropriate guilt nearly every day
If you feel you’re experiencing these depression symptoms please contact your doctor and speak with them about your depression treatment options. Cascade TMS in Portland, OR might be a treatment option that works for you.
Depression is often treated with psychotherapy (talk-therapy) and antidepressant medications together. Antidepressants can be effective for many patients but they do not work for everyone. Since antidepressants are typically taken by pill, they circulate in the bloodstream through one’s body. This can often result in side effects that may be undesired. 4+ million people do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressant medications or tolerate the side effects from by them. For these patients, alternative treatments are available which usually involve the use of a medical device. These treatments include: transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and vagus nerve stimulation (VNS).
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses electromagnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. These pulses are thought to have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitters levels. Treating depression with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with Cascade TMS in Portland, OR, may provide an alternative depression treatment for those who have not benefited from prior antidepressant medication.
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