Cognition Specialist

Blackhawk TMS -  - Mental Health Clinic

Blackhawk TMS

Mental Health Clinic & Psychiatrists located in Danville, CA

Many mental health conditions often disrupt cognition, or how you think. The experienced team at Blackhawk TMS, with an office in Danville, California, specializes in mental health disorders and can help you understand the relationship between your disorder and cognition and help you devise techniques to change your cognition or thought process. To schedule a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Cognition Q & A

What is cognition?

Cognition is a general term that refers to your thinking. While balancing your checkbook or drafting an email requires thinking skills, cognition also takes into account your subconscious thinking, such as the interpretation of sensory signals and the empathy you feel for those suffering.

In the field of mental health, cognition also refers to the thoughts you have about yourself and your abilities. People with mental health disorders often have disrupted cognitive thoughts or altered cognitive abilities that affect attention, concentration, and memory.  

What mental health conditions affect cognition?

Many mental health conditions affect cognition. Some of the most common include:


Depression is a brain disorder that causes you to feel intense sadness or the inability to feel pleasure. It’s theorized that people with depression have decreased neural activity that affects mood and motivation.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a brain condition that causes episodes of manic activity followed by episodes of depression. People with this mental health disorder have altered brain function and activity.


Addiction is a brain disease that causes a compulsive need for a substance or behavior despite the potential for harm. Brain imaging studies of people with addictions indicate changes to the areas of the brain responsible for memory, behavior, learning, judgment, and decision-making.

These mental health conditions alter your cognition, or thinking.

What treatments can improve my cognition?

The experienced team at Blackhawk TMS develop personalized treatment plans when working with you to help you change your thought patterns to improve your mental health. Your specific treatment plan is based on the underlying cause of your altered thinking, your overall health, and the type of methods you’ve used in the past. Your treatment may include a combination of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or medication.

Blackhawk TMS also offers advanced therapies for various mental health conditions for people who don’t respond well to traditional treatments, including:

  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Vagus nerve stimulation

These advanced techniques stimulate brain activity and the release of neurotransmitters to improve thinking, mood, and motivation.

For expert mental health care from a team who utilizes advanced treatments, call Blackhawk TMS today or request an appointment online.