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Major Depressive Disorder

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About Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder causes persistent sadness that interferes with your ability to manage your day-to-day responsibilities. The team of board-certified psychiatrists at Serenity Mental Health Centers specializes in treating complex mental health conditions like major depressive disorder. They take an individualized approach to care and offer many innovative treatments to provide immediate and long-term symptom relief. They have locations in the Biltmore, Desert Ridge, and Chandler area of Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona; Lehi and Holladay, Utah; and Lakewood and Cherry Creek area of Denver, Colorado. Call the office or request an appointment online today.


Major Depressive Disorder Q&A

What is major depressive disorder?

Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression, is a severe mood condition that causes persistent sadness and disinterest in everyday activities. The mood disorder affects how you feel and behave, which negatively influences your overall health and well-being. 

Many factors may play a role in developing major depressive disorder, including genetics, hormones, brain structure, and brain chemistry.

What are the symptoms of major depressive disorder?

Symptoms of major depressive disorder vary. However, symptoms tend to be severe and noticeable in most people, affecting their ability to go to work or school and socialize with friends and family.

Common symptoms of major depressive disorder include:

  • Anger, irritability, or frustration

  • Anxiety

  • Sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness

  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness

  • Thoughts of suicide or death

  • Insomnia or excessive sleepiness

  • Fatigue

  • Low energy

  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and activities

  • Loss of appetite and weight loss

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Unexplained physical pain (headaches, gastrointestinal pain)

Some people with major depressive disorder may simply feel very unhappy or miserable and not know why. 

For a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, these symptoms must occur every day and last almost all day for two or more weeks. 

If you or someone you love has these symptoms, schedule an appointment with the board-certified psychiatrists at Serenity Mental Health Centers. 

How is major depressive disorder treated?

The Serenity Mental Health Centers team takes an individualized approach to care and offers many treatment options for major depressive disorder. Initially, they may recommend talk therapy and medication management to alleviate your symptoms.

However, experienced psychiatrists recognize that no single treatment works for all. If traditional talk therapy and antidepressant medication fail to provide significant relief from your major depressive disorder symptoms, the team may suggest:

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy

TMS therapy is a noninvasive medication-free depression treatment that stimulates the brain to improve symptoms. TMS therapy is an FDA-approved treatment for major depressive disorder and is covered by insurance. 

Ketamine infusion therapy

Ketamine infusion therapy is an in-office treatment given under close supervision. When presented in low doses over some time, ketamine infusion therapy provides immediate relief from depression symptoms. 

Ketamine infusion therapy works fast but may not be a long-term solution for your major depressive disorder. Serenity Mental Health Centers team recommends pairing ketamine infusion therapy with other treatments like TMS therapy or medication management for the best long-term results.

Find out more about the innovative treatments for major depressive disorder at  Serenity Mental Health Centers. Call the office or request an appointment online today.

Let’s take the next step together. Schedule an appointment today and let’s work together to help you take back your life.

Serenity Mental Health Centers
Located in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado