Dr. Walter Griffith Explains Depression Treatments

How Do Depression Treatments work?

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    Where does depression occur?

    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.

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    Depression: 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.

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    What is the Purpose of TMS & Antidepressant medication?

    These treatments attempt to “wake up” the mood-regulation circuit by stimulating the brain cells and restoring the neurochemicals to normal levels. Both treatments are used to reverse depression and help get your life back.

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    Antidepressants Vs. 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. [Click the button below to learn more about TMS Therapy]

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TMS Therapy is an effective non-medication depression treatment that’s covered by insurance!

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3 Minute Depression Test

Instructions: Fill out the form. There is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who have been diagnosed with depression. Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few months.