Depression is a serious, albeit often overlooked, mental condition. Although many of us face days when we are sad, tired, and lonely, depression causes these symptoms on a more constant basis for those that are affected. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) cites that over 18% of American citizens suffer from depression. There are many possible depression treatments available, from natural solutions, such as changes in diet and sleep patterns, to clinical solutions, such as depression medication and talk therapy. However, many of those suffering face treatment-resistant depression, where depression symptoms do not lessen or disappear regardless of the treatments attempted.
However, a new and highly-promising treatment for depression called Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) is now being offered. Approved by the FDA, this non-invasive technology utilizes electromagnetic coils that connect to a helmet which is comfortably placed on a patient’s head. By sending signals to deep parts of the brain, dTMS has successfully helped ease symptoms of the condition, especially drug-resistant depression. Patients do not have to stay in a hospital, receive any anesthesia, or experience negative side effects of medication to see improvements.