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How to Navigate Seasonal Shifts and Depression Symptoms

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can have a profound impact on mood, personal relationships and overall satisfaction with life.

Although we typically think of seasonal depression in the winter months, it can also occur from spring to summer. These seasonal changes often coincide with other life shifts such as the school year or holiday season, which can add to life stressors. If you feel your symptoms last beyond the window of time for the change in season, it may be a more chronic type of depression you are experiencing.

No matter the type of depression or the contributing factors, there are 5 key things that can help you be mentally well:

  1. Prioritizing sleep and rest
  2. Getting adequate nutrition
  3. Finding a balance with obligations to manage stress
  4. Talking to someone you can trust and feel supported by.
  5. Spending time being active and doing things you love.

In some cases these supporting factors are not enough, and you may find additional help to be what you are looking for. Going to therapy, taking medication, and receiving TMS treatment are all ways that our patients find relief from their depression. For more information on TMS, please see the Q&A below.

What is TMS?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment for depression and OCD, and is approved by the FDA. Pain-free magnetic pulses deliver therapy to the location in the brain that regulates mood.

How do I know if TMS is for me?
TMS is an option for anyone who feels like their current medication or treatment regimen is not working for them or they feel like they could be feeling better. We offer a free consultation to determine if this treatment is the right fit for you.

Does getting TMS hurt?
TMS is not a painful treatment option. The magnetic pulses have a tapping, tingling, and/or warming sensation. If anything, patients can experience discomfort which usually goes away after the first couple of sessions.

How long do the results of TMS last?
Every patient is different, but if the post-TMS recommendations of a healthy lifestyle are followed, the results of TMS can last for a year or more in many cases.

How much does it cost?
Thankfully, TMS therapy is covered by many major health insurance companies. A Plymouth Psych Group team member will work with you to verify your insurance coverage and guide you through the next steps.

How do I get started?
Plymouth Psych group offers a free and confidential consultation to answer your questions and determine if TMS is right for you. To schedule your consultation with one of our team members, give us a call at 763-559-1640.

If you would like a free consultation or to book any of the services mentioned in this post, please call us at 763-559-1640 and one of our team members would be happy to assist you.

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