Barbara Alvarez discusses at the link below how processing a break up can go wrong and what can be explored if depression hits.
Research shows that a break up can be a traumatic experience. People commonly do have similar experiences as they would in bereavement or getting a life threatening diagnosis. And yes, many go through stages of brief which include anger, denial, bargaining, depression and the hope is to reach acceptance. But if the symptoms linger too long, if you just can make progress, this may be a major depressive episode. Conventional, and well supported treatments, do include evidence based psychotherapy and medication management. Medications that may be introduced can include serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Lexapro (escitalopram), Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), and Prozac (fluoxetine), to name a few. However, with medication, as many as a third or more patients do not experience full relief the first go around.
Deep TMS especially shines when someone has not had much success with medication or therapy. Not only is it covered by the vast majority of insurance plans, but the side effects are quite minimal. Patients do not have to worry about weight gain, fatigue, nausea, sexual side effects and more! The most common side effect is in the first week of treatment and generally becomes abstinent afterwards, it is a mild scalp discomfort or headache. The patient generally sits in a comfortable chair, the coil is applied and the patient is able to be awake and comfortable during the entire treatment session. They can even drive themselves to and from the session as it is a minimally invasive office procedure. If someone is on medication, the medication can be continued if desired during the course of TMS treatment.