Depression Specialist

TMS/ADHD and Wellness Clinic of Queens

TMS & Board Certified Psychiatrists located in Queens Village, NY

If you feel like you’ve been living under a dark cloud, troubled by feelings of intense sadness and hopelessness, you may have clinical depression, a serious mental health disorder that affected over 16 million American adults as recently as 2016. At TMS/ADHD and Wellness Clinic of Queens, in Queens Village, New York, Gad Makar, MD, and his team of clinicians and staff provide diagnosis and treatments including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to help you recover from depression. Call TMS/ADHD and Wellness Clinic of Queens or schedule an appointment online today for customized mental health care.

Depression Q & A

Depression is the common term for major depressive disorder, a mental health condition that has a negative effect on your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Depression causes long-lasting feelings of intense sadness and hopelessness that often negatively impact your ability to function at work or home.

Depression is different from grief or normal feelings of sadness. Depression lasts much longer and has a more significant impact on your life.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression causes a range of symptoms including:

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and guilt
  • Depressed mood
  • Poor concentration or decision making
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Fatigue
  • Increased purposeless movements like pacing or hand-wringing
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Everyone experiences depression differently, and your symptoms can range from mild to severe. However, if your feelings and thoughts are disrupting your regular activities and responsibilities, you should make an appointment at TMS/ADHD and Wellness Clinic of Queens. If you’re having thoughts of suicide, call 911 for immediate emergency care.

What causes depression?

Depression comes from a chemical imbalance in your brain. When you either don’t have enough of certain neurotransmitters like serotonin or dopamine, or if your neurotransmitters aren’t working correctly, you develop depression symptoms.

Other risk factors for depression include:

  • A family history of mental illness
  • Pessimistic personality type or low self-esteem
  • Environmental factors such as poverty, neglect, and abuse

Remember that anyone can experience depression, even if their life appears to be perfect. Depression is an illness that needs medical attention.

How is depression treated?

Dr. Makar and the team at TMS/ADHD and Wellness Clinic of Queens have a holistic approach to mental health, meaning they take into account all aspects of your health and well-being. They create personalized treatment plans that combine several approaches to improve your mental health, including lifestyle modifications, psychopharmacology, TMS, and therapy.

Psychopharmacology, or prescription medication to treat mental health disorders, is sometimes helpful to regulate your mood and reduce your depression symptoms so you can focus on identifying and resolving the issues and triggers for your condition in therapy.

TMS is an innovative approach to restoring your brain health. During TMS treatment, you’re exposed to a targeted, pulsed magnetic field to stimulate parts of the brain that are underactive in depression. You usually have TMS sessions five days a week for up to six weeks.

If you’re living with depression, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.