How Antidepressant Medications Compare
Living with depression can feel impossible. Getting to the point of asking for help is hard enough. What's worse is when traditional therapies, like prescription medications, are ineffective. Sometimes, medications are somewhat effective but cause unavoidable side effects, like weight gain and severe gastrointestinal distress.
Do you continue taking your medication as prescribed because you feel a little better? Do you suffer through the symptoms or take even more medications to negate the effects of the antidepressant? With NeuroStar TMS at MidValley Healthcare in Meridian, ID, you no longer have to make that choice.
According to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy may be more effective for the treatment of major depressive disorder than traditional therapies. But this isn't just a placebo effect. The same study revealed that patients were four times more likely to achieve remission from the symptoms of major depression and neuropathic pain than patients who received a placebo.
Duration of Treatment and Longevity of Results
Many patients find they need to take antidepressants for life. This means a lifetime of dealing with nausea, dry mouth, sedation, weight gain, sexual dysfunction and much more. Contrastingly, there are no ongoing side effects associated with TMS. Even better, treatment isn't forever, either.
TMS treatment is usually completed in fewer than two months. However, when you stop taking your antidepressants, there is an unfortunately high chance that your depression will set back in. After 12 months of completing NeuroStar TMS treatment, 65.8% of patients continued to feel better and 50% of patients continued to experience no symptoms whatsoever.