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Although this is a straightforward question, the answer is less so. There are many factors which cause someone to become depressed. There are situational and biological explanations. With the advances in science we now know that neurochemistry places an important role. For this reason many people will ask “how do I increase Serotonin.” With high rates of depression in the general population people are reaching out for a cure to depression.
When I first got involved in TMS treatment, I was a little skeptical. I could see the research data that showed efficacy. But in the back of my mind, it seemed too good to be true. How could these invisible pulses of electromagnetic energy alter the brain in a positive way? I had seen people peddling magnets in the past, but much of that was associated with multilevel marketing.
I’ve been practicing psychiatry for 30 years and have worked in every type of setting in this field. I feel that people with mental illnesses have been treated differently than those that have other non mental physical illnesses. Even people with other brain conditions such as MS, stroke and tumor afflictions, get better treatment and understanding. What is it about mental illnesses that have created this situation? Why do we look at these people with a different lens?
Depression comes in many forms and can be a brief experience following a negative life experience or it can be a recurring biological illness that has no clear why. People who don’t experience persistent problems with depression have a hard time understanding those that do. The former is always asking the latter why do they feel that way, when in fact they really don’t know. Those that experience persistent recurrent problems with depression are classified in the medical world as major depressive disorder, recurrent. They additionally can be described as mild, moderate or severe. By using strict criteria, researchers around the world can more easily agree on the same populations to compare data and findings. Major Depressive Disorder or MDD is extremely common, with a 16.2% lifetime prevalence in the adult population (1). MDD creates a variety of negative feelings in the person affected. These include sadness, guilt, worthlessness, anger, confusion, memory loss, hopelessness and anxiety.
Because depression is so common and widely experienced there are countless songs, poems, books, plays and movies written about and depicting it. I’m particularly moved by the song “l’m Stuck in My Own Hell” by Silence and Sound. Those who have to deal with recurrent depression will appreciate this song and lyrics.
Access to “I’m Stuck in My Own Hell” go to spotify or Itunes and look for Silence and Sound, Animals EP.
Link for his other songs and story: www.silenceandsoundexists.com/freemusicoffer
I’m committed to providing every opportunity for patients to get the help they need to overcome this hell they often experience with major depressive disorder. If you have failed multiple attempts for treatment of depression, take the Self Assessment on this site to see if you qualify for deep TMS therapy.
1. JAMA. 2003;289(23):3095-3105. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3095
― Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
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