The holiday blues — everyone feels them sometimes. There is the stress of having the “perfect” holiday, dealing with family, shopping, parties … the list goes on and on. It’s no wonder we feel blue or sad. But how do we know if the holiday blues are something more serious? Everyone feels unhappy with their life or has difficulty sleeping sometimes, but with depression, these symptoms become the norm. Those suffering from depression find that it’s not just an occasional moment where they feel “off,” but the occasional moment where they don’t.

When unhappiness, anxiety, despondency, or any of the side effects of these feelings start to rule your life, you need to get help. But sometimes that help doesn’t make you feel completely better. Adjunct therapies are designed to be used in addition to an antidepressant that helps, but doesn’t alleviate all of symptoms of depression.

The Princeton Medical Institute offers current studies for people who find they need additional help to deal with depression. TMS, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulus, is one of these programs. TMS is a noninvasive method to cause depolarization or hyperpolarization in the neurons of the brain using electromagnetic induction to induce weak electric currents using a rapidly changing magnetic field; this can cause activity in specific or general parts of the brain with minimal discomfort.

“The goal in treating depression is remission, and remission means no symptoms,” says Dr. Jeffrey Apter, the founder and president of Global Medical Institutes and is the lead principal investigator for PMI. Dr. Apter is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. He has published more than 25 articles in the area of psychiatric research and has been a nationwide opinion leader in psychopharmacology for more than a decade. He is an attending physician at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro and a research collaborator in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University.

“If you are taking medication and still feel symptoms of depression, it is important to continue to seek help,” he says. “There are many new drugs and therapies that can work with your current medications to make you symptom-free.”

Princeton Medical Institute is conveniently located just a few miles from Princeton University, at Woodlands Professional Building, 256 Bunn Drive, Suite 6. The 12,000-square-foot facility is staffed with experienced clinical research professionals, including board-certified physicians and registered nurses. Since the site opened in 1991, more than 1,000 patients have been enrolled in more than 100 clinical research trials.

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