Depression Specialist

Blackhawk TMS -  - Mental Health Clinic

Blackhawk TMS

Mental Health Clinic & Psychiatrists located in Danville, CA & Napa, CA

Depression is a serious medical issue that affects more than 14 million Americans every year. Finding the right treatment to manage depression can be difficult. The experienced team at Blackhawk TMS, with offices in Danville and Napa, California, specializes in the treatment of depression and utilizes some of the most advanced techniques to help address your depression without medication. To learn more about your treatment options for depression, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent state of sadness and lack of interest, affecting your thoughts, behaviors, mood, and physical health.

While the exact cause of depression is unknown, it’s scientifically theorized that depression develops from decreased activity in the neural network of the brain that regulates emotion and motivation. Increasing neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers, in the brain can reactivate the neural network or create new networks to improve mood. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression causes you to feel persistent sadness, sense of loss, or the inability to experience pleasure. When you’re depressed, you may lose interest in your everyday activities or hobbies.

Additional symptoms of depression include:

  • Unexpected weight loss or weight gain
  • Change in appetite
  • Excessive sleepiness or insomnia
  • Agitation and restlessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Diminished ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions
  • Recurrent thoughts of suicide or death

To be diagnosed with depression, you must be feeling a general sense of sadness or inability to feel pleasure, as well as four or more of the common symptoms of depression during the same two-week period.

If you’re feeling these symptoms, the team at Blackhawk TMS can get you the help you need so you can feel more like your usual self.

What treatments can help alleviate my depression?

Your specialist at Blackhawk TMS creates a personalized treatment plan to address your depression. In addition to therapy, they may also prescribe antidepressant medication.

While antidepressants help many people, if you’re unable to feel better with the use of these medications, the experienced team at Blackhawk TMS may recommend alternative treatments, such as:

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

TMS is a noninvasive treatment for depression that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in your brain to improve your depression.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

ECT is a more invasive treatment done under general anesthesia. During ECT, an electric current is passed through your brain to alter the brain chemistry and improve your mood.

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)

VNS is a surgical procedure in which an implanted device sends a low-voltage electric current along your vagus nerve to relieve symptoms of depression.

Your specialist at Blackhawk TMS works closely with you to develop the most appropriate treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and help you get back to doing the things that bring you joy.

For expert care of your depression from a team that utilizes the most advanced techniques, call Blackhawk TMS today or book an appointment online.

Self Tests For Depression

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