Depression

Brain Health Center

PSYCHIATRY & DEPRESSION SPECIALISTS LOCATED IN LEXINGTON, KY AND SERVING SURROUNDING COUNTIES

Depression is a chronic, disabling mental health condition that can devastate the lives of patients and their loved ones. Integrative psychiatrist Jacob Bishop, MD, of Brain Health Center, PSC, in Lexington, Kentucky, has seen lives changed by treating depression using a noninvasive, painless therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Dr. Bishop finds that TMS can greatly benefit people who have depression, even when other approaches have failed. Call Brain Health Center today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Having severe clinical depression or major depressive disorder is like being trapped in your mind, unable to see a way out. Without help, some people who have major depression end up taking their own lives.

Feeling sad or down about a problem in your life or an upsetting event is a natural expression of emotion that’s part of everyone’s life. When you’re otherwise healthy, these periods of feeling blue pass in time, and your mood improves. When you have depression, sadness and low mood don’t leave you, and instead continue to get worse.

Depression is a very real, very serious health condition that can be challenging to treat, but with expert help, it’s possible to make a full recovery.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression causes a range of symptoms, which typically include many negative emotions, such as:

  • Hopelessness
  • Guilt
  • Self-loathing
  • Despair
  • Helplessness
  • Worthlessness

You might feel some or all of these emotions, and feel this way all or most of the time. You might also be tired and listless, have problems concentrating, find little or no pleasure in the activities you normally enjoy, and find getting through every day an endless struggle.

When it comes to food and sleep, you could find that your symptoms vary a great deal. For instance, some people sleep more, while some get insomnia. Some turn to food for comfort; others lose their appetite.

Living with depression makes life so bleak and joyless that trying to keep going starts to feel like a waste of time. However, there is a genuine light at the end of even the darkest tunnel if you get the right treatment.

What’s the best treatment for depression?

There’s no single approach to treating depression that works for everyone. A combination of antidepressant medication and psychotherapy brings the best results for most patients, but it can take time to get the balance right. There are also newer treatments such as ketamine therapy that show promising results for people with major depression.

If you have depression that isn’t responding to treatment, or you’d prefer not to take medications, you have another option available at Brain Health Center. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe, noninvasive, drug-free treatment that has FDA approval for treating major depressive disorder and treatment-resistant depression.

TMS therapy involves regular sessions with Dr. Bishop and his team, during which the carefully calibrated magnetic pulses are focused on specific regions of your brain to improve distressing symptoms. These pulses stimulate the areas in the brain that don't fire normally in people with depression, anxiety, and other conditions to boost the levels of feel-good substances like dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

If you’re looking for a way out of your depression, call Brain Health Center today, or book an appointment online.