Spring is here and everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Except, perhaps, those with a mood disorder. If you are not feeling “spring fever” because of persistent sadness, worry, or anxiety, you may have a mood disorder. Many people are not aware that they have a mood illness, such as anxiety or depression.
Here are some signs that you MAY have depression or anxiety:
- Do you have problems getting out and doing things you would normally enjoy?
- Do you feel sad or hopeless much of the time?
- Are you finding yourself getting tearful at minor things?
- Have you been experiencing muscle tension, such as neck or shoulder pain?
- Are you grinding your teeth at night?
- Have you experienced episodes where your heart is racing and you feel fearful for no identifiable reason?
- Are you having trouble getting to sleep at night? Or staying asleep?
If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, you might have depression or anxiety disorder.
It’s Not Hopeless
Although these symptoms may make you feel that everything is hopeless, the truth is, it is never hopeless! We are committed to helping people with mood disorders get their lives back. Medications are often part of the plan, and they work well for many people. We work with clients to find the best medication for their symptoms and carefully monitoring their response. This is a collaborative process based on the clients’ wishes, history, and goals.
A Treatment Alternative For Mood Disorders
For some individuals medications have not brought complete relief of their severe anxiety or depression symptoms. That’s where Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) comes in! TMS is a therapeutic treatment for depression and anxiety that works by changing neuron patterns in the brain. Neurons are the cells of the nervous system and are responsible for many symptoms of anxiety and depression. We call this type of change ‘neuromodulation’ and this type of treatment is recommended for individuals who have tried several medications and continue to have troubling symptoms.
The use of TMS is increasing as we are continually learning about more conditions that may be helped by this method of treatment.
If you feel that you may have depression or anxiety, even if you have tried many medications in the past, please call our office to talk about options that may be right for you! Currently, I am taking new patients and I would love to talk with you about care options.