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 MDD. Click 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.