Depression affects millions of Americans and is the second leading cause of disability.


affected each year


of all adults in the US


deaths from suicide


patients who can’t take antidepressants

About Depression | How to Treat Depression without Meds | TMS of Central Florida

About Depression

Depression is a debilitating disease that does not discriminate – it can occur in anyone, at any age, in any gender, and in any race.

Like any serious disease, if left untreated, depression can be fatal.

While the exact cause of depression is unknown, scientists believe that decreased activity in the neural networks of the brain that regulates mood plays could be a factor. Treatments that increase the level of neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers between your brain cells, is one way to reactivate your neural networks and stimulate your mood.

Antidepressants and psychotherapy are common methods for treating depression. Unfortunately, for some reason or another, medication and talk therapy doesn’t always work for everyone.

Mood Irregularities

– anxiety, sadness, lack of motivation, feelings of hopelessness

Behavioral Changes

– unexplained crying, restlessness, repetitive thoughts or irritability

Irregular Sleep Patterns

– insomnia, early waking, excessive sleep or restlessness

Changes in Eating Habits

– lack of appetite or overeating

Cognitive Challenges

– lack of concentration or recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Weight Changes

– sudden weight gain or loss

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Sadness

  • Anxiety

  • No Motivation

  • Lack of Interest

TMS Therapy for Depression

When medications and psychotherapy are unsuccessful, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) alone, or in conjunction with existing therapies, may provide new hope for those suffering from depression.

What Is TMS Therapy for Depression?

TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation, a non-invasive therapy used to treat depression by stimulating the brain with electromagnetic fields.

Much like an MRI machine, TMS uses short magnetic pulses to target the area of the brain associated with mood regulation. The magnetic field produces a magnetic pulse to the brain that stimulates your brain cells to produce Glucose which has been shown to improve depression and anxiety.

After extensive research into TMS provided by NeuroStar, Drs. Charles Devine, M.D. and Tory Noonan, M.D. decided that TMS Therapy was the logical progression in providing their patients the best solution to major depression. TMS treatments are performed in our office under the supervision of a licensed psychiatrist and take about 19 minutes per session for about 4-6 weeks.

What is TMS Therapy for Depression?

  • Have you been diagnosed with depression?
  • Have you exhausted all other possible treatments for depression?
  • Is there any physical conditions that might prevent you from being a TMS candidate?

Clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of NeuroStar® TMS Therapy in treating patients who have been unsuccessful with other forms of depression therapies.

How to Treat Depression Without Meds

Antidepressants are often the first line of defense when treating depression.

Taken by mouth, these chemicals circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body. Some patients experience unwanted side effects when taking antidepressants such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, stomach issues, fatigue and dry mouth.

Antidepressants can also take days or weeks to fully circulate in the body to know whether or not it is effective.

While many patients do well with antidepressants, more than 4 million patients are either unsuccessful with the drugs or simply cannot tolerate their side effects. Women who are pregnant may also weigh the risks associated with taking such medications throughout pregnancy.

For these patients, alternative treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) may be the answer.

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