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Why is treatment important?

Depression affects all aspects of your life- including your health. If left untreated–or ineffectively treated–depression results in a loss of the quality of life. By definition a depressive disorder impairs your ability to adequately function on your job, adequately participate in relationships with others, and to adequately attend to your activities of daily living. Negative thinking patterns can change your personality and result in unhealthy behaviors or routines such as remaining sedentary (inactive), weight gain (or loss), insomnia (or excessive sleep), or trying to escape through substance abuse. There is mounting evidence that clinical depression takes a serious toll on physical health including medical conditions such as cardiac disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and diabetes. There are strong reasons to treat depression during pregnancy and throughout the postpartum period. Maternal stress during the first trimester increases the risks of birth defects. Also, chronic postpartum depression affects childhood development.

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The earlier you find the right treatment you will get better and stay better

The earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is. In addition, every time a person experiences a depressive episode the probability of having another dramatically increases. Approximately 50% of patients who experience an episode of major depression will have a recurrence within 5 years. For patients who have had two major depressive episodes, the probability of recurrence increases to 70%, and after three episodes it increases to 80% to 95%. Clearly, deciding on the early treatment of depression with a recognized successful intervention could be one of the most important decisions you make in your life.

When patients do seek traditional treatment– in the form of antidepressant medications and/or psychotherapy–only about 50% will reach full remission (be free of symptoms), leaving the other 50% who continue to experience symptoms.

After the third antidepressant fails to work- 41.4% of patients give up and there is only a 6.9% chance that the fourth antidepressant will work. In this same scenario, TMS results in a successful treatment outcome 67.4% of the time- and does so without all the potential side effects of medication.

Is TMS Therapy intended to replace antidepressant medications?

No, there is a significant unmet need in the treatment of depression. Currently there are few options for patients who have had an inadequate response to previous antidepressant treatments. They are often faced with choosing between a complex regimen of multiple drugs, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or surgical intervention such as vagus nerve stimulation (VNS).

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