Depressive disorders are very common mental health conditions. It is estimated that 15% of people would experience depression or what psychiatrists call Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) during their lifetime. Depression is one of the big health contributors to disability and premature death worldwide.
We all feel low at different times of our life but depression is different. Besides feeling low people who are depressed have other symptoms such as inability to enjoy activities, loss of interest in life, sleeping problems, hopelessness, helplessness, guilt feeling, feeling of worthlessness, change in appetite, weight loss, poor concentration, feeling tired easily and loss of sexual drive. Some depressed people have thoughts of ending their lives. People need to be aware that depression can present in the form of physical problems, such as headache, and this can be the main presenting complaint. It is not uncommon for people who have depression to have other mental health problems, such as anxiety, sleep problems, alcohol problems or drug problems.
We know that this can sound quite scary but the good news is that there are many treatment modalities available for people who suffer with depression and these treatments are usually effective. It crucial for people who suffer with depression to be assessed and treated with clinicians who are experienced in managing depression. This is because of the complexity of the disorder, the different ways in which it can present, the importance of choosing the right treatment option, tailoring treatment to each individual and because almost one third of people who are depressed will show resistance to the first couple of treatments they will be given and more specialized treatment will be needed to get them out of their depression.
The main three evidence-based treatment modalities used in the treatment of depression are:
- Psychopharmacological treatment, such as antidepressants.
- Psychological therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Neuromodulation, such as TMS(Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)
Dr Mohamed Abdelghani is an expert in the management of depression. He has special expertise in the management of depressive disorders using different medications; including combination and augmentation strategies. Also as part of Dyad Medical we offer a number of novel evidence-based treatments; such as TMS and Esketamine Nasal Spray all of which is done under supervision of Dr Abdelghani. Dr Abdelghani works very closely with a number of highly skilled clinical psychologist who can provide our patients with different psychological therapies when needed.
The different treatment modalities we offer in addition to working with colleagues from other disciplines, such as psychologists, ensures that our patients receive a comprehensive and holistic service
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