How to Treat Depression Naturally?
Depression is a common mental health issue globally. According to studies, about 5% of the total adult world population suffers from depression. The disorder affects mood and thinking and sometimes leads to suicide.
There are different effective treatment options for depression, but the problem is people with depression rarely seek medical care. Houston TMS specialist Madiha Ghayas, MD at Fulshear Medical Associates, helps depression victims recover naturally. If you are having signs of depression, contact Dr. Ghayas to schedule your consultation.
What is TMS?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is an advanced depression treatment using brain stimulation. TMS therapy involves applying strong magnetic fields to the brain parts affected by mood to improve depression symptoms. The treatment is comfortable, and most people tolerate it without anesthesia.
TMS has potential benefits in medicine, and there is ongoing research to determine which other medical conditions it can treat. Some of the possibilities include
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Chronic pain
Who can benefit from TMS?
TMS is a helpful alternative treatment for depression; unlike other medications, it has no side effects. This treatment is ideal for people who cannot take the prescribed medications for depression due to an underlying medical condition.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression is a mood disorder characterized by negative emotions or feelings. You are likely to experience the following if you have depression:
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
- Persistent sadness
- Sleep disturbances
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Feeling hopeless or empty
- Angry outbursts
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Chronic fatigue
- Physical aches and pains
- Anxiety or restlessness
When not treated, depression can lead to suicidal thoughts; hence, seeking early treatments is essential.
What happens during the TMS procedure?
Dr. Ghayas offers TMS as an in-office procedure through a series of treatments. Your provider may suggest sessions several times a week for about 4-6 weeks. Before your treatment, she identifies a target area on your head to place the TMS magnets.
The session involves sitting in a comfortable chair while wearing earplugs. Your provider then places the electromagnetic coil against your head. The coil switches on and off to generate pulses continuously.
You can expect to experience clicking sounds or a tapping sensation on your head during the procedure. The procedure takes about 20-50 minutes, where you remain alert and awake. However, you may experience minimal scalp discomfort during or after your session.
What to expect after the treatment?
Usually, you can resume your daily activities after the procedure. When TMS works, you can expect relief from depression symptoms within several weeks of treatment. The treatment is not for everyone; however, about 50-60% of individuals find it more effective than antidepressants.
The bottom line
When not treated, depression negatively impacts your life quality, including leading to disabilities and suicide. Sometimes it may be hard to tell if you have depression, but it generally occurs as a mood disorder where you experience negative emotions such as sadness or loneliness.
Talk to a TMS specialist today
Dr. Ghayas at Fulshear Medical Associates offers TMS to help relieve depression symptoms and restore your life quality. If you are experiencing depression symptoms, do not wait until it’s too late. Contact Dr. Ghayas today for a consultation.