Depression Specialist

Gregory Haley, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Alianza: Healthy Thinking

Gregory Haley, MD

Psychiatrist located in Scottdale, GA

Nearly 7% of all adults develop major depression, but they’re not alone because it's increasingly prevalent in adolescents. Dr. Gregory Haley has extensive experience helping teens and adults struggling with depression, using medication, psychotherapy, and innovative treatments like transcranial magnetic stimulation. If your depression doesn’t go away, call Alianza Healthy Thinking in Scottdale, Georgia or book an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

When should you get help for depression?

Depression is such a common problem that people often believe they’ll pull out of it, but it’s not always that easy. Major depression is a persistent problem that doesn’t just suddenly disappear.

When your depression doesn’t go away and begins to interfere with your ability to enjoy social activities, work, or other responsibilities, it’s more serious than a temporary case of the blues.

If any of the following symptoms last longer than two weeks, it’s time to contact Dr. Haley:

  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleep or eating habits (more or less)
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Thoughts of suicide

What causes depression?

Depression is recognized as an imbalance in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), but genetics may play a role, and many environmental factors can trigger depression.

Major life events like losing your job, divorce, or death of a friend or family member often cause depression. Emotional abuse suffered in your childhood may lead to depression when you’re an adult. Alcoholism, substance abuse, sleep disturbances, and trauma are also common causes of depression.

What complications develop from depression?

Patients who have depression are more likely to develop chronic health problems like heart disease. In fact, they’re four times more likely to have a heart attack compared to those who aren’t depressed.

Depression can ruin your relationships, lead to substance abuse, and ultimately, may endanger your life (depression causes about two-thirds of all suicides).

How is depression treated?

Dr. Haley prescribes antidepressant medications which relieve symptoms by restoring brain chemicals. While providing ongoing medication management, you may also benefit from psychotherapy.

Several types of psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy, help patients learn why they’re depressed and find ways to ways to manage the issues that led to their depression.

Dr. Haley also offers advanced treatment for patients whose symptoms remain despite antidepressants: transcranial magnetic stimulation.

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses repeated pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in your brain that control mood. Deep magnetic fields are emitted by the cutting-edge device, called BrainsWay®, which helps boost nerve activity and effectively lifts treatment-resistant depression.

If you experience ongoing depression, don’t hesitate to call Alianza Healthy Thinking, or you can book an appointment online.

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