Depression can have a profound impact on every aspect of your life. This mental health disorder, also known as clinical depression or major depressive disorder, can cause feelings of sadness, emptiness, and despair that seem impossible to shake. People in the grip of depression may struggle to maintain interest in things they used to enjoy and have a hard time even getting out of bed in the morning. Major depressive disorder can cause problems for your career, social life, and interpersonal relationships, and can even pose a threat to your physical health.

The pain caused by depression is real, and so are the physiological causes of this serious medical condition. At Neurotherapeutix, we have a proven track record of diagnosing the root causes of major depressive disorder and utilizing functional imaging guided TMS to restore brain function and offer hope and improved quality of life to patients who suffer from depression, even in long-term cases where other methods of treatment have not proven effective.

What are the causes of depression?

Depression is a complex disorder and it is often difficult to pinpoint any individual cause. Biological abnormalities may contribute and family history also has an impact, meaning you are more likely to have depression if a close family member has experienced the disorder. Hormonal changes may also lead to a chemical imbalance which causes clinical depression.

What are the signs & symptoms of clinical depression?

No one is happy all the time, but the symptoms of major depressive disorder go beyond just feeling down or having a case of the blues. Depression can manifest in a number of ways, but is often characterized by feeling sad, hopeless, irritable, or unusually quick to anger. People with depression may also feel bored or disengaged with interests or activities that they typically enjoy. 

Clinical depression can cause brain fog, forgetfulness, and sluggish thinking, making it difficult to focus on simple daily tasks. In addition to causing a general malaise or lack of energy, this disorder can cause insomnia and interruptions to a healthy sleep schedule. The impact of major depressive disorder on diet can vary, ranging from loss of appetite to cravings for unhealthy foods and consequent weight gain. People with severe depression may also experience recurring dark thoughts and even suicidal ideation.

How is depression diagnosed?

All candidates for guided TMS treatment at Neurotherapeutix are first evaluated by a board-certified psychiatrist who will review symptoms and medical history, including any past treatments which have been undergone for depression. Major depressive disorder is characterized by misfiring neuronal circuits or faulty connectivity in the networks of the brain. Using unique, cutting-edge functional MRI (fMRI) technology, our doctors are able to identify these connectivity disruptions and qualitatively diagnose the severity of depression. 

How is major depressive disorder treated?

For people suffering from clinical depression, treatment options may include a range of modalities including talk therapy and lifestyle changes such as dietary modifications. For many people, medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may prove effective at alleviating depression symptoms. However, many people may have depression which is resistant to treatment or may experience side effects from medication that can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, or even debilitating.

Functional imaging guided TMS for depression treatment

Depression causes the circuitry of your brain to wear out, weaken, or fall out of pace, and as the neural pathways of your brain deteriorate it begins to affect your ability to feel emotions, think creatively, or remain focused on everyday tasks. Recent years have seen significant and exciting advances in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to restore normal function to these pathways and improve the outlook for patients with treatment-resistant depression. Standard TMS has been in use for over a decade and has shown positive effects for many patients, but the achievable results from this approach have been somewhat limited. 

Neurotherapeutix is unique in its implementation of guided TMS using functional MRI technology. Our clinic uses a sophisticated algorithm to single out specific parts of the brain which are behaving abnormally in order to reach the most accurate possible diagnosis and create a targeted treatment plan which is individualized for each patient. We are the only doctors in New York City who provide this cutting-edge treatment technique.

Guided TMS is non-invasive and does not have the side effects associated with medications, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), deep brain stimulation (DBS), and other mental health methodologies. Our proprietary fMRI technology allows us to set specific targets and monitor measurable results over the course of treatment, making modifications where necessary. Many of our patients, even those whose depression has not responded to other treatments in the past, begin to notice the positive effects within weeks as neural pathways are restored and brain activity returns to normal over the course of multiple targeted TMS sessions.

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Neurotherapeutix is the leading clinic for functional imaging guided transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a safe, innovative, and non-invasive methodology for treating a wide range of acute and chronic mental disorders and brain injuries. Our advanced fMRI technology allows us to map the brain for the... Learn More »

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