Depression is typically treated with psychotherapy and antidepressant medications. These treatment options are considered the first-line treatments. Antidepressants are thought to increase the levels of under-performing neurotransmitters in the brain which is thought to be one of the causes of depression. While these medications and therapy options can have a positive effect for many, medications do not work for all. Even when medications do work there can still be some serious side effects.
Antidepressant medications are chemicals that are typically taken by mouth in typically pill form. These medications and chemicals circulate in the blood throughout the body. Sometimes those medications can result in side effects such as weight gain, sexual problems, upset stomach, sleepiness, and dry mouth. It can even take days or weeks for the medication to fully circulate through the body and show whether or not it is effective for a patient.
4 million+ people do not receive adequate benefits from antidepressant medication. Many cannot tolerate the side effects caused. Alternative treatments for depression are available such as TMS therapy from Cascade TMS in Portland, OR.
Many therapies have proven to work in some people that do not receive benefit from antidepressant medication. Treatments include: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) and Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS).
Research into Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has created a new alternative treatment for depression. It is thought that by focusing electromagnetic pulses at specific regions of the brain TMS activates and raises the levels of neurotransmitters in areas shown to be under-performing. TMS is a very promising treatment for depression and seeks to be a viable therapy for those who have not seen benefits from past antidepressant usage.