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Using Magnets for Depression Treatment and More

Using Magnets for Depression Treatment and More

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In a recent article by NPR, a relatively new FDA approved (it’s been around since 1985, but not approved until 2008) form of depression treatment was discussed: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). It sounds incredibly complicated and a little scary, but it’s really not. A simplified version from the National Institute of Mental Health is that it’s short electromagnetic pulses sent through a coil that’s put against the forehead near an area of the brain thought to relate to mood regulation.

Only used in worst case scenarios

Currently, TMS is a last resort option as depression treatment. Effective major depression treatment is sparse, which is why TMS is often used to treat it. Studies have shown TMS to also be a more tolerable, efficient, and safe major depression treatment than the other options available.

TMS is actually being considered as more than just depression treatment, but possibly other mental disorders. The most recent use for TMS has been in treating symptoms of autism spectrum disorder–but many more studies must be done to tell whether it will be effective or not. Though more research is needed to confirm its usefulness, TMS is obviously helpful in treating aspects of major depression.

Other forms of depression treatment

Many types of therapy and medications are used as depression treatment. A frequently used form of psychotherapy for depression is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s used to take negative, fruitless thoughts and replace them with more useful, realistic ones. A frequently type of medication for depression treatment are antidepressants. No one medication or type of therapy works the same on someone suffering from depression. It often takes time to figure out the right combination for each individual.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We strive to help our girls develop healthy habits for teens and lead themselves back onto a path of success and happiness.

For more information about depression treatment for your daughter at Solstice East, please call 828-484-9946.