Depression can affect anyone and these still highly underestimated illnesses are unfortunately also on the rise. In Germany alone, around five million people suffer from this form of illness every year, in varying degrees, severity and duration, often accompanied by symptoms of great sadness, listlessness, anxiety and despair. In cases of severe depression, physical performance is also impaired to the point of complete exhaustion.
Depression is a serious illness from a medical point of view
Depression is not a simple low mood, but a serious and dangerous illness that is affecting more and more children, young people and older people. And like any other illness, depression requires treatment. The causes can be extremely varied and range from genetic causes to trauma, underlying physical illnesses such as endocrine disorders or severe stress, to side effects of medication and purely psychological causes as a result of the threats posed by current world events and the uncertainties of our time.
Once depression has manifested itself, the brain metabolism is always disturbed. Depression is therefore usually treated with a variety of medications, so-called psychotropic drugs. Depending on its severity, depression often requires inpatient treatment in a specialist clinic. The problem with this is that these usually highly sedative or even sedative preparations can have a wide range of massive side effects such as constant tiredness, severe dizziness, nausea, vomiting, anxiety and many others. However, we can now also use transcranial pulse stimulation for these indications, which does not place any physical or psychological strain on the body – quite the opposite.
TPS therapy for depression: subject of clinical studies as a possible treatment option
Initial pilot studies and other scientific work have now shown that TPS therapy may also be an effective treatment option for depression in terms of its mechanisms of action and that it is virtually free of side effects. As a neuromodulation method, TPS therapy has already been proven in clinical research and in practice in individual cases to effectively reduce depressive symptoms in adults with severe depression. In initial field trials, scientists have also demonstrated the astonishing effectiveness of TPS therapy in so-called treatment-resistant depression, where no medication and/or psychotherapy is effective.
TPS therapy for depression as a self-help strategy without becoming addicted
As a brain stimulation or neuromodulation procedure, transcranial pulse stimulation is a physical regeneration tool that helps the body to help itself by supporting brain metabolism in a balancing way. Apart from the gentle benefits of the therapy, it is important to note that no dependencies can arise, as is often the case with drug therapy.
In 2024, further scientific studies on TPS therapy for depression will be carried out, which will certainly continue to underpin our treatment successes for depression and anxiety disorders. In my practices, we treat patients with depression in the area of “off-label use” therapy following individual medical clarification.