A depressive mood causes feelings of sadness, irritability, and emptiness. A persistent depressive mood for over two weeks is a cause for alarm because it may be a sign of major depression. If you are struggling with depression in San Diego, you may consider visiting your doctor at MindSet for treatment.
How can you know that you have major depression?
Major depression refers to a mental disorder that negatively influences your feelings, thoughts, and behavior. This mood disorder can lead to persistent feelings of misery, loss of interest in your favorite activities, and inability to function actively at school or work. Some people may mistake major depression for extreme blues. The problem is that over time, depression continues causing detrimental effects to your body, emotions, and mind, and it rarely improves without medical intervention. Severe depression may cause physical illness and makes you vulnerable to drugs and substances. If you experience the following symptoms for over two weeks, you may have major depression:
- Unexpected weight loss or weight gain
- Feeling unworthy or unloved
- Difficulty concentrating or carrying out your daily activities effectively
- Persistent depressed mood
- Sleeping excessively or insomnia
- Restlessness or feeling like you are not pushing yourself enough
- Unexpected fatigue daily
If you also experience suicidal thoughts, d not hesitate to contact your doctor for therapy.
How do brain waves contribute to depression?
Psychological specialists are aware of how certain brain areas can affect your mood and emotions. They can also study your brainwaves and know if you are depressed. Medical experts have recently discovered an abnormal pattern of brainwaves that may signify the onset of depression. Your nerve activity determines your brainwave activity, so when your brainwaves behave differently, your nerves may not act accordingly, causing a depressed mood and feelings of worthlessness. The professional team at Mindset uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to restore healthy brainwaves and improve your depression symptoms.
What is TMS?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-surgical treatment that utilizes magnetic fields to stimulate your brain, improving mood disorder. Your provider places the TMS device near your head and transmits impulses into your brain to restore disrupted brainwaves and boost neuron activity.
What is PrTMS?
PrTMS is an improved version of TMS. Standard TMS involves using the same magnetic intensity for every patient but continues to monitor your brainwaves until they are back to normal. PrTMS is better than TMS because of the following features:
- Brainwave analysis
Before your treatment, the Mindset specialists use the PeakLogic ComfortScan EEG to analyze your brainwave patterns. The electroencephalogram (EEG) highlights the abnormal way in your brainwave activity.
- Patient questionnaire
You may need to complete a questionnaire highlighting your symptoms and an overview of your mental health.
- Data evaluation by PakLogic Software
The team uses PakLogic Software to analyze your symptoms and brainwave pattern. Your treatment and magnetic wave intensity depend on your results. You can use minimal magnetic stimulation and still achieve excellent results.
What happens during PrTMS treatment?
You only need to relax during your treatment while the device transmits magnetic waves. The treatment lasts for about 30 minutes, but the initial treatment is usually intensive.
If you are experiencing a persistent feeling of sadness, call the MindSet office or book an appointment online.