MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), also referred to as clinical depression,
is a mood disorder characterized by persistent sadness or loss of interest
in daily activities. Depression affects the brain’s prefrontal cortex,
which is involved in mood regulation. MDD can be the result of a number
of individual factors, including biological, psychological and social factors.
Symptoms of MDD
Possible symptoms of MDD can include:
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Reduced or increased appetite
- Diminished energy levels
- Problems with concentration
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Suicidal thoughts
Treatment for MDD
Common treatments for MDD include talk therapy and/or medication. If these
approaches do not offer you symptom relief, you may require a more advanced
treatment. St. Joseph Hospital is the first hospital in Orange County
to offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy to patients with
here to learn more about this non-invasive treatment option.
After proper evaluation of your symptoms, your doctor will help you decide
what the best treatment option is for you.