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Re: HPA axis dysregulation vs. hypercortisolism in MDD jrbecker

Posted by Pfinstegg on April 19, 2004, at 20:32:55

In reply to Re: HPA axis dysregulation vs. hypercortisolism in MDD, posted by jrbecker on April 19, 2004, at 15:27:10

I had an initial course of 15 TMS treatments in January 2003, with three additional booster sessions (two treatments per day for 3 days) every few months. I would rate it as the most helpful thing i have done, although, at least for me, the effect lasts only about two months- so you have to keep on doing it! There is no problem with taking any AD's. For about half of the past year, I have taken just tianeptine, fish oil, lots of vitamins. The other part of the year i have been taking Lexapro 10 mg. instead of tianeptine. I think it's a very good treatment, as it apparently lowers one's cortisol output for a while, increases levels of all three neurotransmitters, increases BNDF and left cortical blood flow. I feel relaxed, undepressed and like my old self after having them. It's also very safe and easy to take- no memory problems. The doctor who gives them to me is trying to wean his most severely depressed patients off monthly ECT and onto TMS. Although he considers TMS somewhat less powerful than ECT, the quality of life for his patients is so much better if they can make the switch.




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