Depression

Over 300 million people are affected annually by depression, making it one of the most common mental health conditions in the world. At Gail Zimmerman, MD, we are committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to those who struggle with depression.

What is Depression?
Depression is a mental health condition that can affect the entire body, including the brain. It can negatively alter the way you think, behave, and feel. It may be defined as persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest, and unrest that last longer than a few weeks.

There are so many causes of depression, which is why it is important to work with a licensed professional when seeking treatment. In many cases, depression can stem from a disconnection of values, relationships, or other aspects of life. In other cases, it may be due to the lack of certain neurotransmitters within the brain that are responsible for feelings of joy, motivation, and affection.

Symptoms
Anyone can feel sad or even depressed at times. However, depression is a more intense feeling compared to the normal feelings of sadness. Depression is a mental illness that has a wide range of symptoms which can make it difficult to manage and maintain a good quality of life. They can impact a person’s ability to function, maintain relationships, keep commitments, or complete tasks.

Symptoms vary from person to person and appear during the night and day. Common symptoms or signs of depression include:

  • A feeling of ongoing sadness, anxiety, or “emptiness”
  • Aches or body pain such as migraines, cramps, or digestive problems
  • Changes in appetite
  • Decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Loss of interest
  • Low self-esteem
  • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

Treatment
Often depression cannot be managed or treated alone. If you or a loved one has begun to show signs or symptoms of depression, seek help.

Fortunately, depression can be treated, and you can find relief from symptoms and improve your quality of life.

At Gail Zimmerman, MD, we offer individual and group therapies, behavioral therapy, medication, consultation services, and will work with you to customize a treatment plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. Treatment can vary from therapy, lifestyle changes, stress management, prescription medication such as antidepressants, acupuncture, and other forms of therapies such as electrotherapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation. One unique treatment option for depression we offer is ketamine infusion therapy.

For more information about depression and our treatment options, please contact our office at (732) 899-9440.

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings with significant emotional highs and lows. Both ends of the spectrum cause severe symptoms that can be difficult to manage.

It is a chronic mental health condition that does not have a cure, but the management of symptoms is possible.

There are various types of bipolar disorder that can affect each person differently. Some may experience symptoms frequently, while others may only have some symptoms once or twice a year.

Symptoms
The main symptom associated with bipolar disorder is chronic mood swings. During periods of extreme high or mania, the person may feel invincible leading to the engagement of risky behaviors. In episodes of extreme lows or depression, the individual may feel an overwhelming sense of despair or disinterest.

Other symptoms associated with bipolar disorder are often a result of the influence of the mood swings. These symptoms can become aggravated by co-occurring conditions such as substance abuse or other health conditions as substance abuse, depression, or other mental health conditions.

Treatment
Though there is no cure, the condition is treatable. Treatment focuses on learning how to manage mood swings and symptoms. Gaining a better understanding of your triggers will help you to respond better to your own emotions. Other forms of treatment include medication, individual or group counseling, behavioral therapies, and lifestyle changes.

For more information on bipolar disorder and our treatment options, contact our office today at (732) 899-9440.

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Anxiety

Anxiety disorders impact over 40 million people every year within the U.S. Though everyone may experience anxiety from time to time, anxiety disorders cause persistent stress or unease about even daily situations such as socializing with others, driving, or work. Left untreated, anxiety can significantly impact ones’ quality of life and ability to participate in activities that they used to enjoy.

What is anxiety?
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by strong feelings of tension, worry, physical changes such as an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. People with anxiety disorders have constant intrusive thoughts or concerns.

Anxiety disorders come in a variety of forms from general anxiety to more specific conditions such as social anxiety or panic disorders. Anxiety develops from several compounding factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Many patients who are diagnosed with anxiety may also have co-occurring illnesses such as substance abuse, depression, or other mental health conditions.

Symptoms
Common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Nervousness, restlessness, and feeling like you cannot relax
  • Feelings of danger, panic, and dread
  • Rapid heart rate and breathing or hyperventilation
  • Increased or heavy sweating
  • Muscle twitching or trembling
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive problems
  • Avoidant behavior
  • Obsessions about certain ideas

Treatment
At Gail Zimmerman, MD, we tailor each treatment plan to the individual needs of the patient. We will carefully go over any symptoms you are experiencing, your medical history, and any other relevant factors such as life events and behaviors.

Common treatments for anxiety include individual or group therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and other various therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or electroconvulsive therapy.

For more information on anxiety and our treatment options, please contact our office at (732) 899-9440.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a fairly common disorder that affects a person’s ability to remain focused and control impulsive behaviors. Those with ADHD might find themselves feeling restless and have a near-constant urge to be active and moving. Although it is frequently diagnosed in children and adolescents, ADHD can continue well into adulthood, along with problems such as inattention, disorganization, and poor impulse control.

Some of the symptoms of ADHD can include:

  • Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play
  • Failure to follow through on instructions, projects, or tasks
  • Easily sidetracked
  • Trouble getting and staying organized
  • Frequently losing items necessary for school, work, or other essential tasks
  • Becoming distracted easily by unrelated thoughts or stimuli
  • Forgetful in daily activities
  • Seems not to listen well when spoken to directly
  • Fidgeting, squirming, and not being able to sit still
  • Restlessness
  • Inability to quietly engage in play or hobbies
  • Being constantly in motion
  • Talking nonstop
  • Interrupting others when they’re speaking, blurting out answers, finishing other people’s sentences, and not being able to wait for one’s turn to speak
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It can affect anyone at any age.

For many, time and self-care can heal the trauma of such events, but for some, the experience leads to long-lasting symptoms that can interfere with daily activities. If these symptoms persist for months or years, you may have PTSD, and getting treatment is crucial to recovering from the trauma of your experience.

At Gail Zimmerman, MD, we are here to help you process what you’ve been through, which can help to reduce your symptoms and improve function.

Symptoms
Symptoms of PTSD are generally grouped into four primary types:

  • Avoidance
  • Changes in physical and emotional reactions
  • Intrusive memories
  • Negative changes in thinking and mood

Those with PTSD may experience symptoms from one or all of these categories.

Treatment
We are a compassionate practice and know that the road to feeling like yourself again can be overwhelming at times. We take the time to thoroughly assess your symptoms and history before we recommend a course of treatment for you. Common treatment options include therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.

For more information on PTSD and our treatment options, please contact our office at (732) 899-9440.

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