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Does TMS Have Side Effects?

Does TMS Have Side Effects?

Determining the best depression treatment requires an understanding of the unique needs of the patient, their symptoms, and how they respond to therapy. If the side effects of a treatment outweigh the day-to-day benefits for a particular patient, then that…
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What Is TMS and How Does It Treat Depression?

What Is TMS and How Does It Treat Depression?

Depression affects many people. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of disability around the world. There are many treatments for depression, including psychotherapy and antidepressants. However, not everyone responds to these treatments. Fortunately, there is another option…
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Everything You Should Know about ECT before Your First Treatment

Everything You Should Know about ECT before Your First Treatment

When treating major depressive disorder (MDD), standard treatments such as antidepressants and psychotherapy may fall short. In cases like these, patients and doctors may consider electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Due to highly problematic early forms of the practice, representations in popular…
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What Is Magnetic Therapy for Depression?

What Is Magnetic Therapy for Depression?

For most people with depression, traditional treatments like antidepressant medications and talk therapy are enough to keep symptoms at bay. However, these therapies do not work for everyone, and patients with treatment-resistant depression often struggle to find success with their…
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The PHQ-9 Scale for the Severity of Depression

The PHQ-9 Scale for the Severity of Depression

Identifying the symptoms and understanding the severity of depression has never been more important. For the past four decades, doctors have used the PHQ-9 depression screening tool, a carefully constructed questionnaire, to better understand each patient’s individual condition. But what…
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Well-Known Side Effects of Antidepressants

Well-Known Side Effects of Antidepressants

When determining the best course of action for treating depression, it’s always important to consider the balance between the benefits and side effects of each treatment option. Antidepressants — SSRIs, MAOIs, TCAs , and others— provide solutions for many patients,…
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Depression: More Than 16 Million US Cases Per Year, What Can Be Done?

Depression: More Than 16 Million US Cases Per Year, What Can Be Done?

A couple of sad days can easily turn into weeks, months and even years of mental discomfort for the 6.7% of Americans who are diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). Many do not even realize they are suffering from depression. Learning how…
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Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid): What Are Your Potential Treatment Options?

Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid): What Are Your Potential Treatment Options?

Medicaid, along with Medicare, was signed into federal law in 1965 to make health insurance available to eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered at the state level, and each state has…
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How Successful is TMS For Treating Depression?

How Successful is TMS For Treating Depression?

        Many patients suffering from depression, who are interested in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as a solution, wonder to themselves how does TMS work? In this context, a treatment for depression “working” would be evidenced by a positive response (improvement in depressive…
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What is Treatment-Resistant Depression?

What is Treatment-Resistant Depression?

          Treatment-resistant depression is difficult to define, as it currently has no strict diagnostic criteria. The clinical definition of treatment-resistant depression is depression that has not been alleviated by its prescribed treatments. It is functionally defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as…
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