Optimizing Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder: An Integrative Approach Utilizing Brain Stimulation Therapy
Major depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million American adults every year. Often a debilitating disorder, depression results in a persistent state of sadness that interferes with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, and physical health. It is important to recognize the symptoms and seek treatment as soon as possible.
Antidepressant medications and psychotherapy are the first line treatments for major depression. These treatments, however, do not work for all patients. Patients who have failed to achieve an adequate response from psychotherapy and antidepressants, or who are unable to tolerate medications, may benefit from Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS; an FDA-cleared, non-invasive, non-systemic treatment indicated for MDD.