Depression is a serious and sometimes debilitating condition. It can have a dire effect on a person’s home, work and social life and can even lead to suicide, the second leading cause of death for those in the 10 to 24 age group. It affects 18 million residents of the United States and, according to the World Health Organization, over 300 million men, women and children across the globe. Treating depression is often a slow, trial-and-error process. If one drug doesn’t work well, patients move on to another medication.
Information from Montana Psychiatry
Depression is an issue for people of all ages and from all walks of life, affecting 300 million men, women and children worldwide, and more than 18 million Americans suffer from a major depressive disorder. It can severely disrupt a person’s home, work and social life and even lead to suicide. Treating depression generally moves slowly, beginning with a trial-and-error process with various medications. There is hope, however, for patients who don’t respond well to antidepressants.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, has been used for decades to treat patients suffering from depression.
Ketamine is a drug that has traveled a long and winding road in the past six decades, and today it is providing hope for the more than 18 million Americans who are affected by depression.
Depression affects more than 18 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It can seriously disrupt a person’s home, work and social life, and even lead to suicide, the most common cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24. Where can those who suffer from this condition turn when traditional treatments such as medication and talk therapy fail?
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