Depression, also known as clinical depression and major depressive disorder, is a serious disorder that can affect an individual’s ability to go about his or her daily activities. This is the case because major depressive disorder can affect an individual on multiple levels. On an emotional level, depression can cause an individual to feel sad, tearful, empty or hopeless; be irritable or frustrated easily even have angry outbursts; lose interest in normal activities that were once considered enjoyable; feel tired or lack energy to perform small tasks; feel anxious, agitated or restless; feel worthless or guilty or dwelling on past failures or engaging in self-blame. On a cognitive level, depression can cause an individual to have trouble with thinking, concentrating, decision-making, and remembering; have thoughts of death and suicidal thoughts; slow down thinking, speaking, and motor skills. On a behavioral level, major depressive disorder can cause disturbed sleep, such as insomnia or oversleeping; weight loss or weight gain stemming from either loss of appetite or increased craving for food; suicide attempt and suicide. As a fact suicide is responsible for claiming the lives of over 45,000 Americans every year. Depression can also result in unexplained illnesses, such as headaches and backaches.
Recognizing how importance it is to effectively treat depression, Ara Chackerian, an innovative entrepreneur with decades of success creating exceedingly successful businesses in the field of healthcare technology, has undertaken to provide people suffering from depression with a little known but effective treatment known as transcranial magnetic stimulation, which was approved by the FDA in 2008 as an effective treatment for major depressive disorder. To this end, Ara Chackerian founded eight TMS Health Solutions healthcare facilities in San Francisco and Sacramento, to provide those suffering from depression with access to transcranial magnetic stimulation as well as an environment that is serene and relaxed to facilitate the therapy. Ara Chackerian is also philanthropic, renowned for his establishment of Limonapa Teak, a teak farm that is both self-sustainable and environmentally friendly.