By Tammy Adams To look at the headlines, it appears the world is at a breaking point. Racial tensions, debates swirling around gun control and mental illness, political unrest and the threat of war are just a few of the top billing issues in the first half of 2015. The constant barrage of bad news
By Tammy Adams
To look at the headlines, it appears the world is at a breaking point. Racial tensions, debates swirling around gun control and mental illness, political unrest and the threat of war are just a few of the top billing issues in the first half of 2015. The constant barrage of bad news in the media can bring fear and anxiety. In fact, the Mental Health Foundation reports that prescriptions for insomnia are up and anxiety is at an all-time high. Additionally, one in four American adults (that’s 61.5 million) will experience some sort of mental health problem in the course of a year and about 20 million Americans suffer from clinical depression.
It’s one thing to get the occasional blues or feel a little down if you are going through a rough time. But clinical depression is quite another matter. “Depression is a serious medical condition that involves the brain,” said Dr. Mohamed Ahmed, board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and founder of The PsyClinic. “If you are clinically depressed, these negative feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life.”
Meet Dr. Ahmed
A respected leader in his field, Dr. Ahmed has more than 15 years of experience in psychiatry and clinical research. In addition to his work at The PsyClinic, Dr. Ahmed serves as Chairman of the department of Psychiatry at Baytown Methodist hospital and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UTMB Galveston, Texas.
Dr. Ahmed completed his residency in General Psychiatry and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Texas medical branch in Galveston, Texas. He also holds an international master’s degree in Psychiatry. He is Dual Board Certified in both Adult and Child Psychiatry. He is a distinguished Laughlin Fellow and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Robert B. White and an International medical graduate fellowship award.
Over the years, Dr. Ahmed has helped countless families with his comprehensive multidisciplinary approach that is deeply rooted in genuine concern and compassion for human suffering. “I have never once regretted my decision to become a psychiatrist,” said Dr. Ahmed. “I see people struggling with the most devastating illnesses and can help them return to satisfying and fulfilling lives.”
TMS Therapy for Treatment of Depression
Depression can be treated in a number of ways. Dr. Ahmed and his team at The PsyClinic are pleased to be able to offer a cutting-edge treatment option that is showing great promise in the field of treatment for depression. “TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy,” said Dr. Sarah ElSadre, MD, who serves as the TMS program director. “It is a new treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment.”
TMS Therapy is a treatment that can be performed in a psychiatrist’s office, under doctor supervision, using a medical device called the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system. NeuroStar TMS Therapy is:
- Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment
- Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the blood stream throughout the body.
The typical initial treatment course consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period, for an average of 20-30 total treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately 40 minutes. TMS is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that uses a pulsed magnetic field similar in type and strength to those produced by MRI machine. The electric current induced by TMS results in the release of neurotransmitters that are provided artificially through medication.
The PsyClinic Difference
The multidisciplinary approach taken at The PsyClinic means children and adults needing help with any mental health issues have more choice when it comes to their treatment. Dr. Ahmed has such a wonderful reputation in the community because patients know they can trust him. He works hard to find just the right treatment plan for each individual patient. Medication is always a last resort.
“At The PsyClinic, we strive to be the regional leader in mental health services by offering comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services from a multi-disciplinary team of competent and compassionate providers,” said Dr. Ahmed.
The PsyClinic has two locations in the Houston metropolitan area. Drs. Ahmed and ElSadre lead a team of more than 20 mental health providers including licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, a board certified family nurse practitioner and a board certified mental health physician assistant.
Comprehensive Care for the Entire Family
The PsyClinic treats the following disorders in children, adolescents, adults and the elderly from a psychological, behavioral and pharmaceutical approach:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorders
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Conduct Disorder
- Behavioral Disorders and Anger Control in children and teens
- Autism, Asperger’s and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders
- Major Depressive Disorders
- Bipolar Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Sleep Disorders
- Substance Abuse Disorders
- Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders
When dealing with a mental disorder, many people try to tough it out, keeping it a secret from family and friends, hoping it will just go away. Dr. Ahmed and the entire staff at The PsyClinic believe that mental and emotional wellbeing should warrant the same attention as any physical concern. In the same way you wouldn’t ignore a broken bone, you should not ignore symptoms of a mental disorder. The PsyClinic is here to help. To make an appointment at either of The PsyClinic’s convenient locations, readers are invited to call:
The Baytown Clinic:
4201 Garth Road, Suite 212
Baytown, TX 77521
The Clear Lake/Webster Clinic:
330 E Medical Center BLVD
Webster, TX 77598