A mental health professional can best provide a diagnosis for your depression and prescribe a course of treatment, but there are some signs that can help you determine if you have major depressive disorder independently and see if you may be a candidate for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Major Depressive Disorder (sometimes known as Major Depression) is defined by the National Institute on Mental Heath as “Major depressive disorder, also called major depression, is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once–pleasurable activities. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally. An episode of major depression may occur only once in a person’s lifetime, but more often, it recurs throughout a person’s life. Major depressive disorder is often characterized by the following:
- Two or more weeks experiencing symptoms of clinical depression
- Depression that is not due to other physical or mental health issues, grief or stress
- An inability to regain interest in once important lifestyle factors
Major depressive disorder is persistent clinical depression – the general symptoms of any depressive condition can indicate when this issue is present, and they include the following:
- Daily feelings of sadness and loss of motivation
- Increased irritability and restlessness
- Insomnia or excessive fatigue
- Recognizable weight loss or gain within a short period of time
- Diminished ability to concentrate
- Feelings of worthlessness or suicidal thoughts
If you believe you’re experiencing any of the above, or you’ve been ineffectively treated with antidepressants, you may be a candidate for TMS. Contact us at the Suffolk TMS and Behavioral Treatment Center for more information.