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Common Signs of Clinical Depression

Clinical depression, also known as major depressive disorder (MDD), is a serious mental health condition that affects how individuals feel, think, and handle daily activities. Unlike temporary feelings of sadness or a brief period of low mood, clinical depression persists and can significantly interfere with one’s ability to function. Fortunately, treatment can help. First, however, it’s important to understand the signs of clinical depression in order to recognize when to seek help and finding appropriate treatment options, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). To learn more about TMS therapy services , call Harmony today at 304.410.0082.

Signs of Clinical Depression

Identifying the signs of clinical depression can be challenging, as symptoms may vary from person to person. However, some common indicators include:

  • Persistent sadness or low mood – An ongoing feeling of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness that lasts for most of the day, nearly every day.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure – A lack of interest in activities once enjoyed, including hobbies, social interactions, and even daily routines.
  • Changes in sleep patterns – Experiencing insomnia or excessive sleeping can both be signs of clinical depression.
  • Appetite and weight changes – Significant weight loss or gain, often due to changes in appetite.
  • Fatigue or lack of energy – Persistent tiredness or a general lack of energy, even after adequate rest.
  • Difficulty concentrating – Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt – Intense feelings of guilt or self-blame, often disproportionate to any actual situation.
  • Physical symptoms – Unexplained aches and pains that do not respond to treatment.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide – Recurrent thoughts about death, suicidal ideation, or suicide attempts.

If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional. Harmony is dedicated to supporting your mental health. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, we encourage you to reach out for immediate support through your local crisis services by dialing 988, contacting your local emergency services or visiting your local emergency room.

What Is Depression Treatment?

Depression treatment can genuinely alleviate symptoms and substantially improve the quality of life for individuals affected by this condition. Treatment plans take into account each individual’s needs and may include:

  • Medication – Antidepressants can help regulate mood by balancing neurotransmitters in the brain. It’s crucial to follow a healthcare provider’s guidance regarding medication use.
  • Psychotherapy – Various types of talk therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal therapy (IPT), can help individuals understand and manage their depression.
  • Lifestyle changes – Regular physical activity, a healthy diet, and sufficient sleep can contribute positively to mental health.
  • Support groups – Sharing experiences with others facing similar challenges can provide comfort and encouragement.

What Is TMS Therapy?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy is an innovative treatment option for clinical depression, especially for those who have not responded to more traditional interventions. TMS involves using magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, which can help improve mood regulation.

During TMS therapy sessions, an electromagnetic coil is placed against the patient’s scalp near the forehead. The device generates magnetic pulses that activate areas of the brain involved in mood control. TMS therapy is non-invasive, meaning it does not require surgery or anesthesia, and patients can resume their usual activities immediately following treatment.

Moreover, the therapy has been shown to have a positive effect on anxiety levels and cognitive function. Research indicates that TMS can be particularly beneficial for patients with treatment-resistant depression, offering hope where other therapies may have failed. The sessions are typically short, lasting about 20–40 minutes, and are often conducted five days a week over a period of 4–6 weeks. Patients generally report few side effects, making TMS a well-tolerated option for many individuals.

Get Help With TMS Therapy at Harmony

Harmony, part of the Transformations Care Network, offers compassionate and effective TMS therapy services for individuals struggling with clinical depression. Our team of empathetic professionals provides personalized care to help you successfully navigate your mental health journey.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, click here to reach out to our team of empathetic mental health care experts. For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly.