Over 300 million people are affected annually by depression, making it one of the most common mental health conditions in the world. At David Salvage, MD, FAPM, 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.
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
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 David Salvage, MD, FAPM, 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.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy
What is Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
Ketamine is an FDA approved treatment that works to restore areas of the brain that may be affected by mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, OCD, and numerous pain syndromes.
Ketamine stimulates the production of healthy neurotransmitters and helps to re-establish nerve connections. If you’ve tried prescription medication and other forms of treatment and have not had the results you desire, ketamine infusion may be the right option for you.
Though a nasal spray has recently been approved for administering ketamine into the body, at David Salvage, MD, FAPM our office continues to use intravenous or IV infusions of ketamine only.
What conditions can it treat?
Ketamine infusion is a safe, quick, and effective treatment option for multiple mental health conditions, even if they seem treatment-resistant. IV ketamine infusion therapy has proven results in treating the following conditions:
- Bipolar disorder
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
- PPD (Postpartum Disorder)
- Social anxiety
- Severe or chronic depression
- Those who struggle with suicidal thoughts
Who is a good candidate?
Generally, anyone who struggles with mental health disorders is a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy. We do require that patients have a confirmed diagnosis of a mental health condition and are currently under the care of a provider for treatment.
To determine if you are a good candidate for treatment, schedule a consultation with our office. Following your consultation and thorough examination, we will work with your doctor to determine the best treatment for you.
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.
Symptoms of PTSD are generally grouped into four primary types:
- 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.
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.
Substance abuse is an extremely devastating and prevalent problem, affecting more than 21.5 million adults in the United States in 2014 alone, and this number has risen in large part due to opioid addiction. David Salvage, MD, FAPM, has considerable experience in the field of substance abuse and has been certified in addiction psychiatry since 1997, and he’s also a certified Suboxone provider. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, call his Park Slope, Brooklyn or Financial District, New York, location or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Cognitive therapy is an excellent tool that tackles negative behaviors, moods, and thinking, with the goal of changing your thought patterns to help you cope in life. David Salvage, MD, FAPM, has considerable experience in this evidence-based treatment method and helps his patients in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Financial District, New York, better manage their lives. To explore how cognitive therapy can help you, call or request a consultation using the online scheduling tool.
If a past traumatic event still controls your thoughts, feelings, and responses, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) can help free you from this negative thinking, reframing your thoughts for better mental health. David Salvage, MD, FAPM, has completed level III training in EMDR, allowing him to bring this quick and effective therapy to his patients in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Financial District, New York. If you’d like to learn more about EMDR, call or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.
When your world feels like it’s spinning out of control or you’re having difficulties coping with everyday life, psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is an excellent way to plug back into the world around you. As a therapist, David Salvage, MD, FAPM, offers his clients the opportunity to express emotions and identify persistent challenges, using clinically proven methods alongside human compassion. If you’re in Brooklyn (Park Slope) or the Financial District, New York, and you’d like to explore how psychotherapy can help you, call or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.
While the thought of a magic pill that can somehow “cure” you is enticing, managing mental disorders through psychopharmacological treatments is never an exact science. It requires vigilant oversight and management to ensure that the right medications, or combinations of medications, bring about relief from your symptoms. Through years of experience and training, David Salvage, MD, FAPM, has helped his patients in Brooklyn (Park Slope) and the Financial District, New York, overcome life-altering mental disorders using both a psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approach. To learn more about the medications that are available to you, call or request a consultation using the online form.
If you find yourself awake at 3am or falling asleep at 3pm, the odds are you’re suffering from a sleep disorder. Between 50 and 70 million people in the United States have a sleep disorder, which ranges from insomnia to excessive daytime sleepiness. David Salvage, MD, FAPM, specializes in sleep disorders and finds solutions for his patients in Brooklyn (Park Slope) and the Financial District, New York, allowing them to get the sleep they need. Call to schedule an appointment or book online today.