“Under the depression helmet”


Link to original article above, just click on the picture or this link: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/04/depression-helmet/587242/
The Atlantic has recently published a fascinating story, regarding Bre Hushaw who struggled with depression. She had tried 14 different medications. From age 15-20 years old, she felt suicidal and was self-harming. Bre recalls multiple hospitalizations. After a course of treatment, it felt like an enormous burden was lifted off of her, and it was. Bre describes this as a treatment that saved her life. To this day, very few people know of this treatment option.

Now, not only is TMS being explored for depression, but it was recently cleared by the FDA, using deep TMS, for OCD. Other avenues being explored are for the treatment of addictions (a paper in 2017 was published in the Nature Neuroscience Reviews about this). TMS continues to be researched and utilized at major academic centers such as Yale and Johns Hopkins. More recently, another study was published in the journal Neurology. In addition, there is promising research for utility for patients with PTSD.

However, the author of this article continues to make another important point. The medical model for depression creates an interesting dynamic. There is implication of the possibility to fix emotions, which may be tapping into the need to feel secure and valued. It remains important to maintain a whole picture approach to treatment. Just as how one would not treat diabetes with medication alone, for mental health it remains important to optimize our lifestyles. These include utilizing routine, optimized diet, good sleep hygiene, being physically active, socially engaged and ensuring we are mentally stimulated. As human beings, our biology and psychology thrives on these crucial elements. The emphasis can be lost when undergoing higher levels and expensive forms of care.