Treating depression can sometimes require persistence and ongoing strength. Reaching out for support about how you feel is undoubtedly an essential first step in your healing journey. Initial treatments for depression often include therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.
The good news: about 40 to 60 percent of people who took an antidepressant notice an improvement in their symptoms within six to eight weeks.
But what do you do if you or someone you love doesn't experience relief from medications or therapy? How do you know it's time to reach out and explore other options for depression relief?
Remember, antidepressants can take time to work. Mood improvements don’t happen right away; it takes time for medications to take effect. For example, many depression medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), can take about 2 to 8 weeks to work. Generally speaking, if your mood doesn't improve after eight weeks and you've tried previous medications, it could signify treatment-resistant depression.
Unfortunately, patients who suffer from treatment-resistant depression (TRD) can get caught in an endless cycle of trying medication after medication. TMS Therapy can break that cycle and help you move forward in relief.
If you are currently taking antidepressants and are considering whether or not they are right for you, here are three signs it’s time to look beyond medication for relief:
The Side Effects Are Too Much
Side effects of depression medication can range from mild to severe and typically include weight gain, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, and headaches. For some people, the side effects of medication can impact their quality of life and weigh them down. If you are troubled by unwanted side effects, talk to your doctor to review your options.
Your Symptoms Keep Getting Worse
Everyone responds to medication differently. Sometimes, your symptoms might get worse before they get better. This is why it's essential to communicate openly about your symptoms with your care team. Let your doctor know about all medications and supplements you are taking along with your antidepressants for optimal outcomes.
You've Tried Medications & Therapy Before
Antidepressants are an effective depression treatment for many people, but they are not the answer for everyone. If you have tried four or more different medications along with therapy and been unsuccessful, TMS Therapy might be the answer!
Many insurance companies require failed medication use and consistent therapy before they provide coverage. Our care team can help you understand your coverage for TMS during a complimentary information session.
TMS Therapy at Pacific Mind Health: Finding the Right Solution for Depression
TMTranscranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that stimulates nerve cells in the brain to treat individuals diagnosed with severe depression or anxiety. TMS is a promising treatment for depression, as it is quick and effective, with immediate and long-lasting effects - positive ones. In comparison, medications used to manage depression can take weeks or months to work and may eventually stop working altogether.
TMS is a safe and effective option for treating depression with a high success rate but without the drawbacks of conventional depression medications. For these reasons, TMS is an increasingly popular treatment option for those suffering from treatment-resistant depression.
If you are experiencing any of these three signs that your depression medication isn't working, book a complimentary TMS information session with our team. We're ready to work with you to help you beat depression with a treatment plan that's tailored to your specific needs and goals.