Success with our integrated therapy for depression
Current studies show that our combination of psychotherapy and rTMS has successful results in 78 percent of patients. This makes it not only a suitable alternative for patients who do not respond well to antidepressants, but a consideration for all depressive patients. This method has few side effects and is a good alternative to medication.
How do we treat depression?
neuroCare clinics combine classic psychotherapy with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), restoring network-connectivity in the brain. A pulsating magnetic field is generated in the area of the patient’s forehead with the help of a magnetic coil. These pulses stimulate underlying brain regions. This normalizes communication between specific brain regions involved in depression. One session lasts approximately 45 minutes and around 20 are required for a lasting effect.
What is depression?
Depression is clearly discernible from normal sadness. Signs of this illness include losing motivation in life, inner emptiness, listlessness, anxiety, fatigue and despair. If the symptoms last for more than two weeks this may be a sign of depression. Sufferers of depression experience a significant change in social behaviour, often avoiding contact with friends, staying away from work or withdrawing from family or partners. One in seven people suffer depression at least once in their life. Women are affected twice as frequently as men.
What are the causes of depression?
Depression is usually caused by a combination of factors. A crisis, trauma, stress or illness can all be triggers. Psychosocial and psychological stress usually go hand in hand with genetic or organic causes, often with one reinforcing the other. Among other things, people with depression suffer from a metabolic imbalance in the brain where levels of serotonin, noradrenalin and BDNF are out of balance. Signals between the neurons are thereby no longer transmitted correctly, affecting mood and state of feeling. Hereditary factors also determine the risk of developing depression. Children of depressive parents are at a three times higher risk of suffering depression themselves than children of healthy parents.