Depression is far more than feeling sad, it is a complex disorder that can be categorized in a wide variety of ways. Sad times pass, but Major Depressive Disorder lingers and can bring symptoms with it, such as low energy, appettite changes, and loss of interest in favorite activities. More than 16 million people across the United States have at least one major depressive episode each year. Depression can be recurring too, which is also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder, which is less sever than Major Depressive Disorder, but may hold its grip for two years or more. The sadness turns to hopelessness, and are accompanied by things like indecision and low energy. Overall, women are more susceptible, but depression can happen to anyone regardless of their background or what is going on in their lives.
Depression is also a component of bipolar disorder, which may include manic episodes, and in some cases, psychotic behavior can even present itself. This is more prevalent in severe cases where hospitalization has become necessary.
Getting Treatment for Depression
There are some who are able to get control of their depression with a bit of therapy, or who luck out and manage to be prescribed the right medication that brings on few side effects and brings about the desired effect. But treatment isn’t that easy for everyone, It can take a lot of trial and error to get medications right or to find the right fit with a therapist. And that can be frustrating, especially when depression has been forcing you to put your life on hold. Finding the right psychiatrist near you in the Los Angeles is often not just a matter of convenience, but can be a matter of life and death.
Mindful Health Solutions offers comprehensive psychiatry services for those with clinical depression and other mental health concerns. While medication can be a big part of managing depression, as many as 40% of patients do not respond effectively to medication alone and may be candidates for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. At Mindful Health Solutions, we are California’s leading provider of TMS, which is a non-invasive treatment that is changing many people’s lives.
Finding a Solution to Treatment-Resistant Depression
At Mindful Health Solutions we are known for our innovative approach to mental health care. While Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has been a big part of our practice, we changed our name in September 2020 to Mindful Health Solutions. This shows that we understand that psychiatry services are not one size fits all practice, and it is important to look at each patient as an individual.
There are many reasons why medication may not be fully effective, and TMS therapy may be recommended. Sometimes the side effects of the medication may be too disruptive or uncomfortable. With TMS therapy these side effects are less likely to occur because the treatment does not go through the bloodstream.
What is involved in a TMS Treatment?
Exactly what is needed for TMS therapy can vary somewhat, depending on the patient, but it involves relatively short treatments, typically less than an hour on a daily basis for up to eight weeks. While it takes a daily commitment, it can easily be fit into a person’s routine, much like going to the gym, and regular activity can resume immediately following the treatment.
The treatment itself affects electrochemical signals in the brain, but TMS is more targeted and does not go through the bloodstream. The treatment has full approval from the FDA and works by stimulating brain cells located in the prefrontal cortex. The neurons learn to trigger themselves after several treatments and eventually become self-sustaining.
While some may have visions, of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or “shock” therapy, this is not what this is. It is more comparable to getting an MRI. There is no sedation required, and seizures are not induced, as is the case for ECT. We are easy to get to, and are located on the public transit line
We’ll Evaluate to See What is Best For You
While having TMS available in Los Angeles is a good option to have, it isn’t always the best option. Even with minor side effects, medication is sometimes preferred, and it is good to have a psychiatrist near you that can provide a full range of options, whether that includes medication, therapy, or TMS..or some combination of the three.
We Work With Your Needs and Budget
Getting mental health care during a pandemic can be challenging, whether you need an innovative treatment like TMS, or more traditional therapy and medication. Either way, Mindful Health Solutions is here in the Los Angeles area ready to work with your needs. We can take telephone and video appointments, and in many cases, insurance companies are waving copays for those who have been hit a bit harder. If you do come in for treatment, we follow necessary safety measures and protocols to keep you safe and give you the peace of mind you need.