Depression Information

Teresa M. Anderson, M.D. -  - Psychiatrist

Teresa M. Anderson, M.D.

Psychiatrist located in Madisonville, Cincinnati, OH

More than 16 million American adults are affected by depression every year. At her private practice in Cincinnati, psychiatrist Teresa M. Anderson, MD, provides expert diagnoses and compassionate, customized treatments for depression. In addition to oral antidepressant medicines and psychotherapy, Dr. Anderson offers alternative treatments for depression, including ketamine infusion therapy and personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS™). Call Teresa M. Anderson, M.D., Inc., or make an appointment online today for your personalized treatment plan for depression.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Everyone feels sad or down from time to time. It’s a normal human emotion. However, when feelings of sadness and hopelessness overwhelm you, last for a long time, and disrupt your life, you may have major depressive disorder. Depression, as it’s referred to colloquially, is a brain disorder that interferes with your mood, causing symptoms that include:

  • Intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt, and shame
  • Lost interest in formerly enjoyed hobbies or activities
  • Changes to your appetite
  • Changes to your sleep habits
  • Fatigue
  • Indecisiveness
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

If you’re thinking of suicide, death, or hurting yourself, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate professional help. However, if you’re struggling with other depression symptoms every day, contact Dr. Anderson to schedule a consultation. With proper medical care and attention, depression is treatable.

What causes depression?

Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain. Malfunctioning neurotransmitters that should regulate your mood are reduced in both quantity and quality, and you develop symptoms of depression.

Your risk of depression increases if you have a personal or family history of depression or other mental health disorders. Your chances of developing depression are also higher if you have a history of substance abuse, neglect, poverty, or abuse.

How is depression treated?

Dr. Anderson offers customized treatment plans to both relieve your depression symptoms and address any underlying issues that contribute to your condition. Treatment plans usually include medication or an alternative treatment such as ketamine infusion therapy or PrTMS™ to relieve your symptoms. They also include psychotherapy to resolve any issues or concerns that contribute to your condition.

Ketamine infusion therapy

Ketamine infusion therapy delivers a low dose of ketamine intravenously, which stimulates glutamate production. Glutamate is an amino acid essential to your brain function. Your risk of mental health issues like depression increases when you have abnormally low levels of glutamate. Ketamine infusion therapy regulates your glutamate levels, allowing your brain to produce more high-quality neurotransmitters and lessening your depression symptoms.

PrTMS

When you receive PrTMS, Dr. Anderson positions the PrTMS device lightly against your head. The device delivers a customized magnetic pulse which regulates neural function and reduces your depression symptoms. Dr. Anderson often suggests PrTMS when other treatments for depression aren’t effective or cause intolerable side effects.

If you’re struggling with depression, call Teresa M. Anderson, M.D., Inc., or make an appointment online for a comprehensive assessment and customized treatment.