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Depression in the Elderly
When depression manifests during the later years of a person’s life, it can be challenging to diagnose and treat for several reasons:
What Does Depression Feel Like?
A recent Facebook post about how it feels to live with depression has resonated with thousands because it has articulated that which can be so difficult to describe: how it feels to live with depression. The Facebook post, written by an anonymous user, begins with: "When you have depression it’s like it snows every day."
The Duality of Depression: High Functioning Depression Can be Difficult to Recognize
Can a depressed person be visually identified? Do people who suffer with depression manifest certain mannerisms, expressions or behaviors? Mainstream media has historically branded the face of depression as a person curled up in bed, sitting in a dark corner, crying themselves to sleep, or not having the energy to attend school or work. Depression does not always manifest in this overt classically characterized depiction. There are many people who struggle daily with depression, but their outward appearance and actions might not be so obvious.
Greenbrook Featured on WSLS 10 News
Greenbrook’s Medical Director of our Roanoke Center, Dr. Joseph Iskandar, was recently featured on WSLS 10 News for a segment on how Greenbrook TMS Therapy is bringing depression relief to Roanoke and the surrounding areas.
Why Don't People Seek Help for Depression?
Although depression is the major leading cause of disability worldwide according to the World Health Organization, the vast majority of people suffering from this condition never seek treatment. What keeps people from reaching out and getting help?
What Does TMS Therapy Feel Like?
We often get asked questions regarding what TMS Therapy feels like. Most patients have a comfortable experience throughout their TMS Therapy sessions. Sometimes a light tapping sensation to the scalp can be felt that eventually dissipates as the patient acclimates to treatment. For the few who experience discomfort, it often has to do with an individual’s anatomy and not their innate pain threshold. Discomfort can arise from inadvertent stimulation of a scalp or facial nerve.
Will TMS Therapy allow me to stop taking the medication used to treat my condition(s)?
The decision to incorporate medications in a patient’s treatment plan is very individualized and usually requires coordination between the TMS physician and your prescribing behavioral health provider. Most patients receiving TMS take psychiatric medications before and after their treatment. There is indirect evidence that medications can increase the likelihood of responding to TMS and help sustain the benefits of TMS after treatment is complete, though more research is needed to confirm and clarify this idea.
I’m Undergoing TMS & Haven’t Found Relief Yet. What Should I Do?
If you are treating with TMS Therapy and it has not brought you relief, we understand your concern. Response times are quite variable and while 3 weeks is an average time to begin to see a response, there are some patients that respond sooner while often many respond later. We have even treated patients that show response at the very end of treatment or after treatment has concluded. The older the patient, the longer it may take to see a response, but regardless of age, about 15% of patients make a subset of late responders and can require TMS Therapy beyond 6 weeks.
Q&A From Our Facebook Live Event on TMS Therapy & Depression
In a Facebook Live event today, Dr. William Sauvé, Medical Director with Greenbrook, along with Jennifer Marshall of This Is My Brave, Inc. discussed all aspects of TMS Therapy as a treatment for depression. For those of you who tuned in to our live event, there were a few questions from our viewers that we didn’t have time to answer. We have provided the answers here.
Online Event: TMS Therapy for Treatment of Depression
Please join us on Tuesday, June 27th, 12:00 pm ET for our Facebook Live & Instagram Live event on TMS Therapy for the Treatment of Depression. Dr. William Sauvé, Medical Director with Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers, along with Jennifer Marshall of This Is My Brave, Inc. will discuss all aspects of this safe & effective treatment for depression as well as answer FAQ’s about TMS Therapy.