Depression Symptoms & Treatment

The symptoms of depression can vary from person to person.  Everyone is different and therefore the way we experience depression is also unique.  Depression is generally observed as being a persistent state of sadness or a loss of the ability to experience pleasure. Those experiencing depression often lose interest in everyday activities or hobbies that they enjoyed in the past.

When using the standard diagnosis guide (DSM-V) depression is diagnosed when someone is experiencing a depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Excessive sleepiness or insomnia
  • Persistence sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Diminished ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions
  • Agitation and restlessness
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Significant increase or decrease in appetite
  • excessive and inappropriate guilt
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

If you feel you are experiencing any of these depression symptoms, contact and speak with your provider. 

Since mental health awareness has existed (societies) medical professionals and researchers have sought after safe and effective treatment for depression. Unfortunately, there is no single treatment for depression which has been proven to work for everyone as it can be a very complex ailment.

Depression is most commonly treated with antidepressant medications but many experience unwanted side effects and minimal therapeutic benefit. However, there is a successful alternative treatment for depression available. An effective, alternative treatment for depression is transcranial magnetic stimulation  (TMS) Therapy. TMS Therapy has proven to provide benefit for people who have not received benefit from antidepressant medications or that cannot tolerate the side effects.

Cascade TMS offers TMS Therapy which is an  FDA approved treatment for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medications.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells.  Cascade TMS focuses on the area of the brain thought to control mood.

TMS is non-invasive.  It does not involve surgery, anesthesia or sedation.  The patient remains awake and alert during the treatment. TMS is non-systemic.  It is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body. TMS is FDA cleared for patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment.

Cascade TMS is closing on December 15, 2022, and is no longer accepting new patients.