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Depression is a state of sadness that is beyond the highs and lows of day-to-day living. It is a brain disease that engenders symptoms such as sadness, lack of interest, poor motivation/energy, changes in sleep, appetite, excess feelings of guilt and/or unfortunately even suicidality. When left untreated, depression may lead to serious complications that could put your life at risk; fortunately, most people can be effectively treated. Depression is not just one disease; it can be combined with or manifest as a part of unipolar or bipolar disorder, not to mention with personality disorders. It can also be a presenting feature of another systemic or neurological condition
Depression involves not only a loss of interest in things that used to bring pleasure but also other emotional and physical symptoms. When left untreated, depression may lead to serious complications that could put your life at risk. Fortunately, most people can be effectively treated.
Depression can vary in degrees from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent malaise or melancholy. Clinical Depression, also known as Major Depression or Major Depressive Disorder, is more severe. It is marked by a depressed mood most of the day, particularly in the morning, and a loss of interest in normal activities and relationships - symptoms that are present every day for at least 2 weeks. It is not the same as depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition, such as cancer. With Clinical or Major Depression, it may be difficult to work, study, sleep, eat, and enjoy friends and activities. Some people have clinical depression only once in their life, while others have it several times in a lifetime. Although Major Depression can sometimes to hereditary, it may also affect people with no family history of the illness.
• Tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
• Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
• Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
• Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
• Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
• Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
• Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
• Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
• Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
• Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
• Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
How Dr. Bansal Can Help
Symptoms severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in day-to-day activities (such as work, school, or social activities) usually improve with psychological counseling, antidepressant medications or a new, cutting edge, drug-free option; Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
There are three, proven, drug-free alternatives used to help treat depression
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A Ray Of Hope offers dTMS (Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) by Brainsway as a drug-free solution for treatment-resistant depression. dTMS is FDA approved, effective, safe and generally well-tolerated. For patients with a history of treatment-resistant depression, this therapy could prove to offer relief when medications and other alternatives have been ineffectual. Dr. Bansal administers dTMS therapy in-house as it is non-invasive and does not require hospitalization or anesthesia.
Hope is Here
Dr. Bansal is not only a proponent of Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a non-invasive and evidenced based well-tolerated treatment for depression, she maintains the only boutique private practice with this treatment option in Lake County, IL. dTMS uses directed electromagnetic fields which generate activation of neurons deep inside the brain to treat major depressive disorders. FDA approved, this treatment may help patients who have experienced little to no relief utilizing typical, drug-based therapies.
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Just a total of 36, 20 minute daily sessions, for 8 weeks, is all it takes. Sit back, relax, and read or listen to music. The process is painless and the benefits are priceless. The goal is to rebalance the part of your brain that regulates your moods by altering your brain chemistry. This rebalancing can help take away the feelings that come from depression.
dTMS, a type of rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), uses brief magnetic fields to stimulate brain structures responsible for, and lessen the effects of, depression. dTMS is able to stimulate neuronal pathways that lie deeper in the targeted brain areas than those reached by conventional rTMS treatment. The technology is similar to that used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems.
Patients utilizing dTMS continue their relationships with Dr. Bansal during the process. Decisions regarding medication management and treatment are made in conjunction with Dr. Bansal or the referring provider, and upon completion of the treatment, patients will continue with follow-up care.
Learn more about dTMS treatment, from both doctors and their patients. See how dTMS has been helping people across the country find real relief with this drug-free alternative.