November 11, 2019

A New Hope For Those Living With Depression

If someone you love is battling depression and not seeing results with antidepressant medications, chances are you’re feeling utterly hopeless and don’t know where to turn next. NeuroStar TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy could be the answer for someone you care about. It is now available in St. George, Utah, at Premier Psychological Counseling and Consulting, PC (435-216-9290). 

Your loved one is not alone and neither are you.

Unfortunately, 5.5 million depression sufferers don’t find relief from antidepressant medications. But there’s good news: NeuroStar TMS is a non-drug depression treatment that may help when antidepressant medications don’t. Because it is not a depression drug, TMS does not have the same side effects associated with traditional antidepressant medications.The most common side effect is temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site.  

  • FDA-cleared
  • Non-drug, non-invasive treatment
  • More than 2.5 million treatments performed
  • Majority of people treated experience significant, long-lasting improvement
  • Widely covered by insurance

Elsa’s been in your shoes and has some advice to share.

Elsa’s husband, Rich, hid his depression from her for years. When she found out about his silent struggle, she encouraged him to seek help. When antidepressant medications didn’t work, she began to research other options and found NeuroStar TMS.  Although it may not work for everyone, the NeuroStar TMS treatment was highly effective for Rich and Elsa, giving them a new lease on life.

Here’s what Elsa wants you to know as you and your loved one embark on your own NeuroStar TMS journey:

  • Remind yourself that depression is a disease. Caring for a loved one with depression will have its ups and downs. 
  • Remember you’re not alone.  Do your best to stay positive, and ask for help when you need it. While you’re supporting your loved one, you also deserve to feel supported. Lean on your friends and family when you need encouragement and help, and try to let go of the guilt you might be feeling. In fact, my journey taught me that your doctor and treater will quickly become part of your support system; Rich and I still keep in touch with ours and consider them part of our family now.  
  • Keep a routine.  If your loved one begins NeuroStar TMS, I recommend keeping the same treatment time every day, since the journey may take six weeks. Rich and I tried to do something fun after treatment, like going out for lunch or simply getting ice cream, which really helped us view these sessions as part of our daily lives and kept us marching forward together.
  • Be Patient.  While we all wish it to be patient, your loved one is not going to get better overnight. I started to notice changes in Rich after a few weeks. Everyone is different, but subtle improvements could be a sign that things are heading in the right direction, so be on the lookout and trust in the process.
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