Where in the Brain Depression Occurs
Next, I want to give some context on what depression looks like in the brain from a neurological perspective. Depression occurs in the prefrontal cortex (upper left-hand side of your brain). More specifically, it occurs in the mood circuit – the part of the brain that regulates (you guessed it) your mood.
So what exactly happens?
When depression occurs – either from elevated environmental stress, bad genes, poor coping skills, bad life decisions, or medical conditions that cause depression – the mood circuit of the brain becomes underactive. It falls asleep. In other words, some of the neurons (a.k.a brain cells) located in the mood circuit give off below average neurochemicals (dopamine, norepinephrine & serotonin) – the chemicals most commonly associated with happiness.
So what exactly is the purpose of TMS & antidepressant medication?
antidepressant medication & TMS
The key difference between antidepressant medication & TMS is that one uses chemical stimulation & the other uses electromagnetic stimulation, respectively. Before diving further into that difference, I want to explain why TMS is such an exciting clinical breakthrough for depression.
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During my 25+ years of treating depression, I’ve never seen results like TMS. The transformation from start to finish makes me happy to offer it to patients. People walk out of here depression-free.
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3 Minute Depression Test
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