Are you struggling to keep your anxious depression under control? Has traditional treatment been ineffective? You’d be one of the nearly 10 to 16 million people in the U.S. who deal with anxious depression every year. Your condition puts you at a greater risk of developing more severe depression. You also have a higher risk of suicidality, increased treatment resistance and other risk factors. Getting the right treatment for your anxious depression means finally getting some relief. Learn more about what your treatment options are here.
What are your treatment options if you have anxious depression?
Have you been diagnosed with anxious depression? It’s important that you know about your options for a treatment plan. There are traditional treatment methods for people who have anxious depression. But, recent advancements in mental health have brought forward new methods that can treat disorders such as anxious depression. Some of the most common options for a treatment plan include:
- TMS therapy — Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is an effective, noninvasive option for anxious depression that is treatment resistant, which refers to when a condition has not responded to at least two trials of antidepressants. TMS therapy sends magnetic pulses to target an area of the brain that has low activity. The pulses are designed to stimulate activity in the brain regions that control mood and depression, to reduce symptoms of depression and anxious depression.
- Talk therapy — Talk therapy can improve the symptoms of anxious depression. Talk therapy involves a patient sitting down with a licensed mental health professional who guides the patient through structured conversations. The conversations target symptoms and show how a patient can address their symptoms. Talk therapy can be an effective component of many mental health treatment plans.
- Medication — Some people find that medication can alleviate some of their symptoms of anxious depression. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can be used to reduce the severity of a person’s symptoms. There are people who find that medication isn’t an effective part of their treatment plan or that there are too many side effects for their preference.
- Lifestyle changes — Making certain lifestyle changes can also improve the symptoms of anxious depression. Lifestyle changes include increasing nutrition and daily physical activity, which can boost the release of chemicals in the brain like serotonin and norepinephrine. These lifestyle changes can prove to be an effective part of any treatment plan for a number of mental health disorders, including anxious depression.
- Mindfulness — Some people find that practicing mindfulness can be helpful in alleviating their anxious depression symptoms. Be sure to refocus your attention on the present moment, especially during times of distress. Mindfulness has the potential to ease anxiety and depressive symptoms.
Why should TMS therapy be integrated into a treatment plan for anxious depression?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy should be integrated into the treatment plan of anyone with treatment-resistant anxious depression. You can learn more about the reasons why by reading through the following:
- It’s FDA cleared — TMS therapy has been cleared by the FDA and approved as a treatment for anxious depression.
- It’s effective — TMS therapy is a beneficial treatment plan for anxious depression because it’s effective. Studies suggest that TMS can improve symptoms for patients with anxious depression, treatment-resistant OCD and treatment-resistant depression.
- It’s convenient — TMS therapy is outpatient treatment; you can drive yourself to and from your appointment and return to your normal activities right away.
- It’s noninvasive — TMS therapy doesn’t involve the use of any anesthesia. It’s an effective, noninvasive option for any anxious depressive patient’s treatment plan.
- It’s covered by most insurance plans — Another reason to consider TMS therapy as part of your treatment plan for anxious depression is that it’s covered by most insurance plans.
Active Path Mental Health offers effective treatment for anxious depression
Depressive disorders can make you feel as if your life has become out of control. Couple this with anxiety symptoms and treatment resistance, and the feelings of being overwhelmed are now tripled. Fortunately, you can improve your quality of life, personal relationships and everyday functioning with help from Active Path Mental Health. We can help you manage your anxious depression symptoms. Our treatments include TMS therapy, talk therapy and medication management. At Active Path Mental Health, you’ll get the treatment you need to start feeling more in control of your symptoms.
Active Path Mental Health is proud to say that patients can receive treatment from locations in both Oregon and Washington. The team members at each one of our locations are dedicated to helping patients recover from their mental health disorders. But don’t just take it from us, take it from our patient reviews.
Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.