Depression Specialist

North Shore TMS

TMS Specialist & Integrative Psychiatry located in Huntington, NY

Approximately 14.8 million men and women in the United States suffer from major depressive disorder. If you have overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or guilt, and these feelings prevent you from enjoying life and participating in activities, you may have depression. Andrea Carlsen, MD, and the team at North Shore TMS offer drug-free transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy and other evidence-based treatments to end your negative emotions so you can regain control over your life. To learn more about TMS therapy for depression, or to schedule a confidential consultation, call the office in Huntington, New York, today, or make an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

What causes depression?

Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a mental health condition characterized by overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, sadness, and other negative emotions.

Depression can interfere with your job performance and your personal life and may cause physical symptoms like headaches, backaches, or digestive issues. Over time, untreated depression can have devastating personal and health consequences.

There usually isn’t a single cause of depression. Instead, a combination of life circumstances, brain chemistry, physical health, and other factors can lead to the development of major depressive disorder.

You may have an increased risk for depression if you have experienced:

  • Substance abuse
  • Economic hardship
  • Another mental health disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic or severe illness

Genetics also contribute to your risk for depression, and women are more likely to have the condition than men. Depression affects people of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression causes intense negative emotions; usually, these emotions aren’t tied to a single event. If you have feelings of hopelessness, lack of self-worth, guilt, sorrow, and other negative emotions every day, you may suffer from major depressive disorder.

Other symptoms of depression include:

  • Significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble making decisions

Depression may also cause you to have thoughts of suicide or death. If you have recurrent thoughts of self-harm, it’s critical that you seek help.

How is depression treated?

At North Shore TMS, Dr. Carlsen designs personalized treatment plans to reduce the symptoms of depression so you can regain your ability to take pleasure in your life and relationships.

The most common treatment for depression is antidepressant medication. Medication can be effective for some people, but others don’t respond to medication or can’t tolerate the associated side effects.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) offers an alternative to medication. It’s FDA-approved to treat major depressive disorder, and it’s particularly helpful for treatment-resistant depression.

Dr. Carlsen specializes in functional medicine and integrative psychiatry. She typically recommends a combined approach for optimal results. This may include:

  • TMS therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Diet and exercise counseling
  • Light therapy

North Shore TMS offers genetic testing, which helps Dr. Carlsen provide the best possible treatment for your unique needs. Ketamine therapy, a fast-acting treatment for depression, is also available.

If you’re suffering from depression, don’t wait to schedule a consultation. Call North Shore TMS today, or make an appointment online.