Depression is a clinical condition which should be aggressively treated to remission.
Sometimes people mistake the mildly bothersome bad days which everyone occasionally has for depression, but clinical depression is much more than a bad day. Episodes of clinical depression are often repetitive, and always serious. Depression often runs in families.
In our Augusta office we find a particularly bothersome triad of feelings in many depressed people, a persistent triad which is often coupled with rumination.
These emotions are often part of depression, and tell us someone’s brain has been hijacked by depression.
Clinical depression results in a persistent state of sadness or a loss of the ability to experience pleasure. Those experiencing depression often lose interest in everyday activities or hobbies that were once enjoyed.
According to the standard diagnosis guide (DSM-IV-TR) published by the American Psychiatric Association, depression is diagnosed when an individual is experiencing either a depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure plus four or more of the following symptoms during the same two-week period:
- Significant weight loss (when not dieting) or weight gain (a change of more than five percent of body weight in a month)
- Significant increase or decrease in appetite
- Excessive sleepiness or insomnia
- Agitation and restlessness
- Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive and inappropriate guilt nearly every day
- Diminished ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
If you feel you are experiencing any of these depression symptoms, contact us. Explore your depression treatment options.
Depression should be treated until a formerly depressed patient feels well, and is so well no one can tell they were ever depressed. This is called remission, and it’s the standard in the treatment of depression. Medicines too often do not treat depression to remission.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, also referred to as TMS Therapy, may provide an alternative depression treatment for those who have not benefited sufficiently from prior antidepressant medication, and it may be a suitable treatment for those unwilling to subject themselves to the potential side effects of antidepressant medicines.
* NeuroStar TMS Therapy® has received an FDA indication for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from any number of prior antidepressant medications, at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode.
Throughout Georgia TMS has been found to be beneficial in people who suffer from clinical depression, but have not been treated with medications, and want an alternative treatment.