Depression Specialist

Ali Ahmad, MD -  - Family Medicine

The Medical Dock

Ali Ahmad, MD

Family Medicine & Anti-Aging Specialist located in Huntington Beach, CA & San Pedro, CA

Don’t let sadness ruin life’s greatest pleasures. If depression makes getting out of bed difficult, Ali Ahmad, MD, can help at The Medical Dock in Huntington Beach and San Pedro, California. He uses innovative depression treatments, such as BrainsWay® transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), to ease depression symptoms so you can enjoy life to its fullest. Call The Medical Dock to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mood disorder that can be serious if left untreated. It causes a persistent feeling of sadness and negatively impacts everyday activities, such as your job and personal relationships. Fortunately, some simple depression treatments are within reach at The Medical Dock.

 

What are the symptoms of depression?

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, you might be suffering from depression.

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irritability and frustration over small matters
  • Persistent sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Physical aches, pains, or digestive problems
  • Loss of appetite or eating too much
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or suicide

See a health care provider immediately if you have thoughts of harming yourself, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255).

How is depression diagnosed?

At The Medical Dock, Dr. Ahmad reviews your medical history and symptoms and asks you questions to determine if you suffer from depression. He may also check for signs of hormone imbalance, nutrient deficiencies, or another health condition that can affect mood.

What is the treatment for depression?

There are numerous treatments for depression. Dr. Ahmad helps determine which one is right for you. Examples include:

IV ketamine infusions

Intravenous (IV) ketamine may help ease depression symptoms within hours of treatment. Ketamine is a medication with antidepressant effects.

Biofeedback

Innovative biofeedback is noninvasive, holistic technology that identifies and treats energy imbalances in your body using a device containing electrical sensors. It retrains your body’s ability to handle stress.

Dr. Ahmad uses a quantum biofeedback device to scan your body’s energy fields to detect and reduce stress, promote relaxation, balance emotions, and ease depression and anxiety.

BrainsWay TMS

Dr. Ahmad uses noninvasive BrainsWay TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, to ease depression naturally. The treatment uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in your brain involved in mood regulation. It’s often useful if you haven’t responded well to medications or prefer to avoid them.

Electroconvulsive therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, uses electrical currents to pass through your brain and impact neurotransmitter functions for depression relief. It may work well if you haven’t responded to medications or can’t take them for health reasons.

Medications

Antidepressant medications are often an effective treatment for depression. Dr. Ahmad lets you know if such medications are right for you.

Supplements

Taking certain dietary supplements might also ease symptoms of depression without medications. Dr. Ahmad helps you choose dietary supplements that best match your needs.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, can help boost your mood – especially if you’ve experienced a traumatic event.

Which depression treatment is right for me?

Dr. Ahmad discusses depression treatment options with you to find one you’re most comfortable with. The best choice depends on the severity of depression symptoms and your preference.

At the first sign of depression, schedule an appointment at The Medical Dock by phone or online.