OCD Symptoms

OCD Symptoms- It is normal, on occasion to go and double check the things that we all missed or not remembered. For instance, checking ‘the door is locked or not’, ‘checking pocket for a wallet’. But what if this loop keeps repeating for ‘n’ number of time. This medical condition is known as obsessive-compulsive disorder […]

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12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymo...

Are you in search of the best recovery process for yourself or for your close one to come out of Alcohol addiction? You are not alone. It is possible with 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous programs. What are these 12 step programs helping quit alcohol and how do they work? Alcoholics Anonymous is a process of […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a chronic disorder that is characterized by feelings of fear, unreasonable or obsessive thoughts such as a person feels the need to repeat a task like washing his/her hands repetitively even when it is unnecessary or arranging the objects over and over again. This can even lead to severe OCD that […]

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What is OCD?

What is OCD behavior!- Nation Institute of Mental Health states that about 2 percent of the population currently suffers from OCD- Which is comparatively higher than the individuals who are suffering from other illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar and ADHD. Researchers believe that both environmental and neurobiological predispositions collectively play a vital role wherein the individual […]

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Types of Addiction

Anything taken to an excessive level can result in addiction.  The types of addiction range from the substance like alcohol to behaviors like gambling. Dependence can be both emotional and behavioral.  Common symptoms are seen in addiction: Numerous failed attempts to stop the behavior Withdrawal symptoms Lack of Control over the intake Risk-Taking Behavior Being secretive about their addictive […]

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rTMS – An Effective Treatment for Depression

I Am Stronger Than DepressionThanks to rTMSWhat Is rTMS?

rTMS is a form of brain stimulation therapy that has been studied and used as a possible treatment for depression, along with other neurological and psychological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, obsessive compulsive disorder and others. rTMS involves using magnetic pulses to trigger and activate different parts of the brain, instead of using electricity to do the same.

How Does rTMS Work?

The procedure involves an electromagnetic coil being placed against the patient’s forehead near the area of the brain that activates the mood. An electric current is induced only in specific nerve cells.

This is a comparatively new method of treating depression. The effects it can cause are still being researched upon by doctors. It resets the brain wave frequencies using electric currents and is known to improve the symptoms of depression.

rTMS and ECT- The Difference

This is where rTMS differs from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). ECT sends an electric current throughout your brain, while rTMS only sends the current to a specific targeted part of your brain.

rTMS- Who Should Undergo This Treatment?

Victims of depression that have not had any success with other methods may opt for this method. If your health conditions are not eligible to undergo ECT, you may choose to undergo rTMS instead.

However, if you have any medical devices implanted, like a pacemaker, or if you have had episodes of epilepsy, then you may need to consider other methods of treatment.

Side Effects of rTMS

Though rTMS is a comparatively less invasive brain stimulation therapy, it has its own effects on the patient. Since it is a more recent method of treatment, however, the long-term effects are not available to us yet. Some of the effects include:

  • a slight tapping or knocking sensation through bones as the electric current is passed
  • nausea
  • scalp irritation
  • seizure
  • hearing loss
  • vision problems
  • mania

*Severe effects such as hearing loss and seizures are very rare.

rTMS can not only help in treating major depression, but also depression caused due to other neurological or psychological disorders, such as Parkinson’s.

Depression can be difficult to go through, especially alone.

If anyone you know or care about is depressed, urge them to seek help and get better.

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