People who contend with mental illness or addiction often feel hopeless about getting better. But there are plenty of reasons for them and their loved ones to have hope. The development of new treatments and the gradual decrease in stigma about seeking help are providing optimism for the future.
Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in America, affecting 16 million adults. And it’s taking its toll in the form of rising suicide rates, which have climbed 25 percent since 1999, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While a combination of medication and therapy work well for close to 60 percent of them, there are many who grapple with treatment-resistant depression and severe, enduring symptoms. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make
PrairieCare adult psychiatrist Brent Nelson, MD, sees hope for treating deeply rooted depression with a therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Developed in the late 19th century but returned to the table after FDA approval in 2008, the noninvasive treatment sends repetitive magnetic pulses to the frontal lobe of the brain via a helmet. These pulses stimulate nerve cells while activating regions of the brain that often have decreased activity in people with depression. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make
As a result, patients report that their depression symptoms ease significantly and they make more progress in therapy, says Nelson, who provides TMS therapy at the PrairieCare Center for Neurotherapeutics in Edina. Patients also like that they don’t need anesthesia and there are minimal side effects. They are awake during the 20-minute treatments, which they typically receive five days a week for four to eight weeks. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make
“TMS is for people who have tried years and years of therapy and multiple medications, and they are still feeling pretty terrible,” says Nelson. “In 60 to 70 percent of people, their symptoms are cut in half, and 40 percent go entirely into remission. And this is in people who have pretty much tried everything.” cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make