Depression Treatment Midtown Houston
If you or loved one suffers from depression-you should know that safe and effective treatment is available for all types of depression. Midtown Psychiatry and TMS Center offers a range of caring and effective treatment for depression in children and adults.
How Is Depression Treated?
Research shows that between 80% and 90% of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment, making depression one of the most treatable types of mental disorders. Fortunately, effective treatment for depression is available. For treatment to be effective studies show that people must stick with treatment, but for those that do comply-depression had lifted completely in seven out of 10 people.
What Depression Treatment Can Do
Treatment for depression can help your mood, enable you to strengthen your connection with loved ones, enable you to find satisfaction in hobbies and other interests, and make you feel more like yourself again. Just about every patient who underwent treatment gained some relief from their symptoms. Depression is a major cause of disability worldwide, and the cost of treatment is less than the cost of the number of days absent from work, or lack of productivity while at work.
Before Treatment Recommendations
Before seeking a diagnosis or treatment the depressed individual should seek out a health professional to get a thorough diagnostic evaluation, including an interview, physical examination, and a blood test to make sure the depression is not due to a medical condition such as a thyroid problem. This evaluation is needed to identify specific symptoms, medical and family history, cultural factors, and environmental factors which help the clinician to formulate a diagnosis and a plan of action for treatment.
Medications For Depression
Typically, Antidepressants are prescribed in order to correct any imbalances in the levels of chemicals in the brain. These medications are not sedatives, “uppers” or tranquilizers, and they are not habit-forming. Antidepressants may produce some improvement within the first week or two of use. However, full benefits may not be experienced for two to three months. Depending on the effectiveness of the medications, and any side effects, the patient’s psychiatrist can alter the dosage, add or substitute a different antidepressant.
Those who prescribe medications for depression usually recommend that patients continue to take them for six or more months after symptoms have improved. Longer-term maintenance treatment may be suggested to decrease the risk of future episodes for certain people at high risk.
Therapy For Depression
Psychotherapy is sometimes used alone for treatment of mild depression. For moderate to severe depression- psychotherapy is often used along with antidepressant medications. Psychotherapy may involve only the individual, or it can include others as in couples or group therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), one of the modality treatments, has been found to be effective in treating depression. CBT is a type of therapy which focuses on the present and problem solving. CBT helps a person to recognize “distorted thinking. ” The focus of CBT is on changing behaviors and thoughts.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a medical treatment most commonly used for patients with bipolar disorder or severe major depression, or those who have not responded to other treatment. It involves electrical stimulation of the brain while the patient is under an anesthesia. ECT is given 2-to-3 times a week, for a total of 6 to 12 treatments. ECT is usually managed by a a team of medical professionals made up of a psychiatrist, a nurse or physician assistant, and an anesthesiologist. When deemed necessary we make referrals to an appropriate facility.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive method of stimulating the brain using electromagnetic fields. The NeuroStar TMS Therapy system magnetic field produces an electric current in the brain that stimulates the brain cells (neurons). This results in changes that are thought to be beneficial in the treatment of depression. The typical initial course of treatment is about 37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.
Alternative Therapy Looks at Nutrition (micronutrients), supplementation, physical exercise, nutrition, and spirituality.
Depression and Related Conditions:
Depression comes in different forms:
- Postpartum depression
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (Seasonal depression)
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
If you believe that you have depression-please contact us for a consultation. The first step is difficult but necessary to get help so call us at 713-426-3100 to schedule a time.