It is difficult to describe, and for others to understand, what life is like with depression. The thought of facing yet another day can be daunting. Mundane tasks seem impossible, and activities that were once enjoyable lose all appeal. Making the treacherous journey from the bed to the floor in the morning, or the afternoon, becomes the most monumental task of the day.
Depression affects almost 15 million adults in the United States, a third of which don’t receive treatment. Some lack insurance. Others don’t recognize it as a mental disorder, thinking it’s a weakness or that it will simply go away. Friends and family sometimes make it worse while trying to help. “Cheer up. Life is good.” Unfortunately, life is not very good for people who struggle with depressive illness. They can’t just cheer up. Fortunately, it’s often caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that can be corrected. And, that’s where Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation comes in, stimulating neurons to help the brain naturally correct that chemical imbalance.
Deep sadness or a sense of hopelessness and/or worthlessness
Less energy or feeling lethargic
A change in typical sleep patterns
A change in appetite and/or weight
A lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
Persistent agitation, irritability, and/or anger
Persistent thoughts of suicide or death
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)—episodic in nature, lasting at least two weeks, including a single episode or multiple events.
Persistent Depressive Disorder—a continuous depression that varies in severity.
Bipolar Disorder—consists of severe depressive lows and extreme, manic highs that can include anxiety, racing thoughts, and high risk behavior.
Other forms of depression—psychotic depression is combined with psychosis such as delusions and hallucinations, postpartum depression occurs after women give birth (severely affecting 10-15% of mothers) and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) typically occurs in winter.
If you think you might suffer from depression, check with your doctor or give us a call for a consultation at 877-447-6503.
If you need immediate help, please call 911. To talk with a crisis worker now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.