I’m in my junior year of the undergraduate program at Point Loma Nazarene University. I have just switched majors from Biology to Psychology, and am excited to begin a new journey. My Abnormal Psychology professor introduces a new chapter of our book titled, “Mood Disorders”. I am instantly curious about a disorder known as Major Depression Disorder (MDD), which, looking back, is interesting because I have personally never dealt with MDD but have always wondered about it. The word “depression” keeps surfacing throughout the text. Again, and again I read about how it affects not only the individual, but also those around them. Questions arise in our class discussions and case studies such as, “how can I cure my depression?”, “what is the best treatment for my depression?”, and even “how can I beat my depression?” In a matter of one week, I begin to understand the magnitude of this nation-wide disorder and the impact it has on people’s lives.
Fast-forward to May of 2016. The smell of graduation lingers in the air, and I am a TMS technician at Achieve TMS, a company that specializes in a non-invasive, highly effective treatment for depression. Once again, I find myself being surrounded by the word “depression”, but this time it is known as treatment-resistant depression. Being a naturally curious person I want to learn more. What is treatment-resistant depression? What does that even mean, and what is the difference between regular depression, major depressive disorder and treatment resistant depression? According to the Mayo Clinic, treatment-resistant depression is depression that doesn’t improve with standard treatments such as, anti-depressants or psychotherapy. Patients who are prescribed medications for their depression, but find that their symptoms aren’t relieved, or in fact become worse, oten have treatment-resistant depression. Sounds difficult, right? Fortunately, there is an option for those who deal with this — Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), — the non-invasive, highly effective treatment that Achieve TMS specializes in.
Although treatment-resistant depression can be daunting, and can create a sense of helplessness, I am here to let you know that there is hope. With dTMS we can provide a sense of relief and a new lease on life for those who are severely depressed and are resistant to antidepressants. There are options, there is freedom, and there is hope. It’s just matter of taking the next step, and we are here for you!