Do you or someone you know suffer from Depression?
CereScan’s brain SPECT imaging is a valuable diagnostic tool that can aid healthcare practitioners in their diagnosis and treatment of depressive disorders.
According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated one in ten people suffer from Depression. A recent article by the World Health Organization noted that Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, citing 350 million people who suffer from the disorder each year. In the U.S. alone, about 7% of all adults over the age of 18 reported experiencing depression in the preceding year.
If you think you or someone you love may be affected by Depression and would like a consultation, simply fill out the form below and one of our dedicated staff members will get back to you shortly.
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People who suffer from Depression generally have symptoms that include any number of the following:
- Persistent sadness
- Anxious or “empty” feelings
- Feelings of guilt or shame
- Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness
- Fatigue or decreased energy
- Changes in sleep and/or appetite
- Weight loss or weight gain
However, it is important to note that different types of Depression vary from person to person, which makes a proper diagnosis without the use of brain imaging very difficult.
A study in the American Journal of Psychiatry indicated that the misdiagnosis of depression is widespread and that even psychiatrists get the diagnosis right less than half the time. In other words, about 60% of depressed patients received an
incorrect diagnosis before receiving the correct diagnosis. Furthermore, Depression is often confused with Bipolar Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and physical ailments such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Nearly 29% of people who have sought help report that it took over 10 years before receiving a correct diagnosis. Between 80%-90% of people with Depression can be treated successfully once the correct diagnosis has been made.
CereScan is here to help. With our state-of-the-art SPECT brain imaging technology, our specialists can assess the parts of the brain that are usually involved in depressive disorders to determine whether or not they are working properly. With this information, we can better correlate a patient’s clinical symptoms and arrive at an evaluation that is supported by objective, diagnostic evidence. Our comprehensive report can let your medical provider create a targeted, individualized treatment plan that will lead to better outcomes and improved quality of life.