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Types of Depression
Mild depression- when symptoms are mild such as lack of concentration or no motivation.
Major depression- interferes with a person's entire life such as eating, sleeping and work. Can lead to hospitalization if the patient proceeds to harm themselves.
Bi-polar Disorder- The mood swings in bi-polar disorder can be very severe. From the highs of feeling elated and indestructible to feeling absolutely worthless and suicidal. Symptoms may worsen to the point where the patient cannot think logical.
Post-natal Depression- Affects mothers who has just given birth. A condition causing the mother to feel overwhelmed, unable to cope and anxious. May have trouble sleeping, have panic attacks or fear of dying. Starts usually 2-3 weeks after birth. Can also lead to negative feelings towards their child and occurs in 1 out of 10 mothers.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)- Associates with the start of the winter to spring. Mild condition is called "baby blues". Makes the sufferer experience anxiety, stress or lack of sleep.
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What am I doing to help this? What are my conclusions? Well, I have come to a conviction that the essentials to have good depression recovery is a balanced diet and nutrition, a trustworthy doctor and therapist, support groups, exercise, sleep, and a change of lifestyle.
What can you do?
Yes and no. Antidepressants depend on the type of depression the patient is suffering. For example, a patient with major depression will experience more relief from symptoms than a person that has mild depression. Additionally, antidepressants may contradict with other illnesses like diabetes, causing them not to work. Antidepressants should be prescribed from a trustworthy doctor.
TMS or ECT? Which is better?
ECT works on 80% of those that are suffering from major depression
TMS is a first round alternative that should be considered when antidepressants or other medications are not effective. It has about a 30% response rate, similar to antidepressants.
Obviously TMS is less expensive than ECT. However, they both are still pricey alternatives. TMS is about 400-500$ per session while ECT is about 2,500$ per session. In total, TMS is approximately 15,000$ and ECT is approximately 25,000$.
TMS is more convienent than ECT. You are able to drive yourself to and from therapy. With few symptoms such as scalp irritation or headaches but lasts only a few weeks. ECT is more severe. With ECT, you are put under general anesthesia and may need to be hospitalized for a few days. Symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, nausea, and vomiting may result. Also, you will need someone else to drive you to and from therapy. Overall, TMS and ECT are very effective. But I reccommend doing TMS before trying ECT. Consult with your doctor to see which kind of therapy is right for you
Why are women more likely to get depression than men?
Women are twice as likely to have depression. And the reason as to why this happens is because of the unique biological life, life cycle, hormonal and psycho social factors that are specific to women are linked to high depression rates. Research has shown that hormones affect the brain chemistry, which also impacts the moods and emotions of that person.