Depression

Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA -  - Board Certified Psychiatrist

Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA

Board Certified Psychiatrist located in Jacksonville, FL

Depression is a serious medical condition that can negatively impact every aspect of your life. Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA, is an experienced board-certified psychiatrist offering innovative treatments for depression like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) at his clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. If profound feelings of sadness are affecting your ability to function, call Dr. Madkaiker or schedule an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression, also known as a major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a common mental health condition that affects one in six people at some point during their lifetime.

Experiencing periodic feelings of sadness can be healthy, but the extreme emotions that come with depression can lead to a variety of symptoms and an inability to function at home or at work.

For Dr. Madkaiker to reach a diagnosis of depression, your symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

What are the symptoms of depression?

The symptoms of depression can vary, but generally include:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Too much or too little sleep
  • Sadness or depressed mood
  • Slowed speech or movements
  • Inability to concentrate, think, or make decisions
  • Increased repetitive actions like hand-wringing or pacing

It’s also common to have thoughts of death or suicide.

What causes depression?

Anyone can develop depression at any time, but your risk can increase due to several factors, including:

  • Certain brain chemicals
  • A family history of depression
  • Being negative or having low self-esteem
  • Exposure to violence, abuse, poverty, or neglect

How is depression diagnosed and treated?

Depression is one of the most treatable mood disorders, with approximately 80-90% of people responding to treatment.

To reach a diagnosis, Dr. Madkaiker performs a full examination that includes your personal and family medical history. He might also recommend diagnostic testing like blood work to rule out any underlying conditions.

Based on your results, Dr. Madkaiker develops an approach to treat your condition using a variety of therapies such as medication, psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

What is TMS?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is an innovative, noninvasive treatment that uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate areas of the brain linked with depression and mood control that are believed to be underactive when you have depression. This therapy works without medication has no side effects and is FDA-approved to treat depression.

The entire TMS treatment session takes less than 20 minutes while you watch television or listen to the radio. It provides proven long-term results when used to treat depression.

For innovative treatment options to manage your depression, call Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA, or schedule an appointment online.