PEMF Therapy for Depression
Sadness is a normal human emotion that all of us experience. Grief is a stronger emotion, but like sadness, it passes away with time. However, depression is not a fleeting or a temporary phase. According to the World Health Organization, it is a diagnosable illness that affects more than 264 million people around the globe. To put that in perspective, that is over 5% of the world population.
If it is left unattended, it can lead to poor quality of life, substance abuse, and even suicide. However, there are multiple treatments available for the ailment and their efficacy varies from person to person. Antidepressants and counselling seem to be the usual go-to solutions. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) is now proving to be a highly effective in treating depression. Here is everything to know about depression and its treatment with PEMF.
The Right Place to Start – Understanding Depression
Depression is a disorder that makes you feel constant sadness that lasts weeks or months and a complete lack of interest in life. You can get over feeling sad, but feeling worthless and hopeless for an extended period is not under your control. Here are the other symptoms you might experience:
- Lack of interest in activities you loved
- Under or over-eating leading to sudden changes in weight
- Lack of sleep or sleeping too much
- Feeling restless, irritable, and unable to concentrate
- Extreme fatigue
- Suicidal thoughts
If you are displaying these symptoms, you may be suffering from depression. But, it is important to know that it is a diagnosable and a treatable condition.
What Causes Depression and Why Me?
Depression can be traced back to multiple different events and you might be suffering from it because you experienced these events.
Conflict, Failure or Loss
People who are vulnerable to depression are more likely to develop symptoms after a dispute with close ones, suffer from a depressive episode after the loss of a loved on, or feel depressed when they fail at certain ventures in life. In fact, it has also been observed that big life change, even if positive, can lead to depression.
If you have undergone physical, emotional, or mental abuse in the past, you are more prone to suffer from clinical depression.
Drug Use or Abuse
Use of certain common drugs like corticosteroids, interferon-alpha (anti-viral medication), isotretinoin (acne medication), and others may stoke chances of depression. Apart from this, regular use of controlled substances including alcohol, also increases your risk.
Your family history of depression makes you more likely to suffer from the disease. Depression, like many other psychological issues, can result from complex interactions between genes and their products. It cannot be pinned to one gene but micro-expressions of many.
Depression attacks both genders. However, studies have shown that depression is almost twice as likely to impact women. Women are more prone to experience depression earlier in their life and reel under a depressive episode for longer.
Depression is a result of a complicated series of events. The symptoms can manifest as a result of the presence of a singular factor or a mix of all the above.
PEMF Proving to Be Effective in Treating Depression
Depression is a complex condition that responds to treatment differently for different people. Studies have found that one-third people do not achieve remission even after being treated using multiple options. Antidepressants also tend to come with multiple side-effects that impact the quality of life of the patient. But, all hope is not lost. Studies are showing that Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) treatment can relieve the symptoms of depression in patients.
What is PEMF?
The concept of PEMF is old, but its applications are finding new avenues in modern healthcare and science. PEMF works on the fundamental principle that every healthy cell has an inherent voltage. The voltage of a healthy cell ranges between -20 to -25 millivolts. When this voltage drops under -15 millivolts, the cells start losing their power to perform normal function or heal. The mild pulsed electromagnetic field sends current to the damaged cell. This slows the release of pain mediators, increases flow of blood to the cell, and helps the cell return to its normal function. Such treatment at the cellular level, manifests in the form of renewed energy, improved body functions, and general feeling of well-being.
How PEMF Helps Combat Depression?
Given the complex nature of depression, it is not yet clear how PEMF therapy manages to relieve the symptoms of depression. However, an overwhelming body of research shows that it does have an effect. There are multiple theories about how PEMF is accomplishing the goal.
- Neurons and neural networks interact via electrical impulses. Since PEMF changes the electrical activity, it is possible that it changes the way neural networks work and leads to an improvement in mood.
- PEMF Therapy is known to have an impact on glucose metabolism. It may improve glucose metabolism in certain parts of the brain that are linked to depression and anxiety.
- The treatment is known to have positive impact on different parts of the body including accelerating the process of bone healing, alleviating inflammation due to arthritis, improving range of motion, and more. Since the therapy is reducing the sources of pain and stress, it may help in relieving symptoms of depression.