Elderly Depression Treatment
Robert D. McMullen is a psychiatrist and specialist in treating depression. He is based out of New York City, where he also did his residency at Columbia University after graduating from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C. He has been practicing in the USA for more than 30 years. He has been practicing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a method used to treat a major depressive disorder, since 2010.
Treating Elderly Depression
Elderly individuals experiencing depressed moods have likely experienced chronic symptoms throughout their lives. The medications used for treatment may need to be modified from what they were taking when they were younger. It is important that the dosage of medication is lowered because it will take their bodies longer to metabolize the medicine. If the lower dose isn’t effective at first, it is best to wait before increasing the dose. It is possible that the low dose will become effective with time. In addition, if the dosage is raised then it should be done gradually.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
A TSH below 2.5 will make it difficult for a person to overcome depressed moods. Therefore, it is very important that a medical doctor confirms the TSH levels of an elderly individual who is depressed. In order to elevate the TSH levels, the person will need to take low doses of the T3 hormone, slowly increasing their intake to prevent overstimulation.
The Absence of Diagnosis
There are two instances where depression commonly goes undiagnosed when it comes to the elderly population:
1. Loss of spouse
2. Diagnosed with cancer
For instance, the chronic symptoms of depression experienced by cancer patients are often written off as being a byproduct of suffering from cancer. Diagnosing and treating these individuals is very important because it will increase the quality of their lives and increase their level of activity.
The loss of a spouse is also often overlooked and symptoms of depression are written off. However, some people are not only experiencing grief but also slipping into a long-term state of being depressed. In this instance, a decrease in mood should be categorized separately from feelings of grief and treated appropriately. Depression left untreated in this instance can lead to total isolation and the deterioration of the overall quality of life.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
TMS BrainCare is also an effective way to treat elderly depression. People who haven’t experienced the level of success that they desired to achieve with anti-depressants are encouraged to try TMS BrainCare. The process involves using magnetic pulses to affect the prefrontal cortex.
Individuals who receive 20 to 30 treatments can expect to experience relief within 4 to 6 weeks, without virtually any side effects. It is an excellent option for helping people get back to their normal lives if the medication has not been sufficient. Robert D. McMullen’s NYC office has two different types of machines that be used for this treatment and four machines total.
Every person is different, some will require more treatments than others or a change of machines altogether. Once the perfect equation has been determined for an individual, TMS can be an extremely effective form of long-term treatment. Dr. McMullen is a specialist trained in using TMS BrainCare to treat clients. If you are interested in TMS, contact our office at 212 362-9635. As always, please hit like and share this video!