DEPRESSION

  • Is often a relapsing and remitting disorder, which means that many people may suffer more than one episode.
  • Is a mental health disorder that can affect any combination of a person’s mood, sleep/appetite/sexual drive, ability to concentrate, zest for life, but usually involving their mood.
  • When severe, it can lead to suicidal thoughts and attempts.
  • Recent research has shown that 1 in 7 Australians will suffer from depression in their lifetime. 1 in 14 females is currently suffering from depression , compared to 1 in 19 men.
  • In the perinatal population (people who have had a baby in the past year), the rates of depression are even higher, with 1 in 5 Australian mums suffering from depression and 1 in 10 dads!
  • Depression is a serious illness that affects whole families and communities, as it affects people’s relationships, work performance, physical health and participation in society.
  • We are pleased that the Australian government has recognised the importance of treating depression, and has included rTMS on the Medicare list of treatments for depression.
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Other conditions that often occur with depression

  • Is often a relapsing and remitting disorder, which means that many people may suffer more than one episode.
  • Depression is a common disorder that can affect 1 in 7 Australians in their lifetime.
  • Whilst there is a spectrum of severity, it can be a very serious illness that can affect a person’s self esteem, relationships, work performance, physical health and participation in society.
  • Common symptoms include low mood and energy, sadness, lack of motivation, lack of interest/enjoyment in life, difficulties with sleep, appetite and concentration and when severe, suicidal ideation.
  • However, whilst it can be easy to check your symptoms against a checklist (eg online), when considering treatment, it is important to see your healthcare provider for a thorough review and discussion of your symptoms and any other issues. This is because depression often occurs comorbidly with other mental illnesses such as:

– Chronic pain
– OCD
– PTSD
– Anxiety
– Drug and Alcohol addiction

  • Symptoms of depression may also overlap with those from the above listed disorders.
  • It’s important to clarify diagnosis so that any treatment can be targeted to the correct symptoms and disorder. This is why we recommend you see your healthcare provider for a discussion, and request a referral to a psychiatrist/HHC to see if rTMS can help you.

rTMS is included on the Medicare list of treatments for depression.

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