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October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month

Written October 1st, 2014
Categories: Neurohealth

october-national-depression-mental-health-screening-monthEveryone has bad days, bouts of sadness or feels down occasionally. Luckily, for some, these feelings of hopelessness often alleviate and pass relatively quickly. However, a growing number of Americans are not as fortunate. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 25 million Americans will have an episode of major depression this year alone.1

Indeed, depression is one of the most common mental health conditions experienced by Americans; which is precisely why October has been named National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. During the entire month, TMS Neuro Health will aim to promote Depression Awareness and help to break the stigma surrounding depression once and for all. In addition, this year’s annual National Depression Screening Day will be October 9th. We hope to reach individuals across the United States with mental health education and help to connect them with different support services.

It’s important to understand that depression is in no way a one-size-fits-all condition. It is a complex disease with a variety of causes, symptoms and forms. As such, depressed patients are often treated using different methods. Below are a few examples of the different forms of depression and a few of their respective treatment options:

Major Depression- Patients with severe depression experience symptoms that interfere with work, sleep, study, eat and the ability to enjoy life in general. Major depression is usually treatable and doctors may recommend patients use antidepressants and or talk therapy to alleviate symptoms.

Bipolar Disorder- Also known as manic depressive disorder, bipolar disorder is less common than major depression and is characterized by cycling mood changes. Mood stabilizing medications can help to minimize the highs and lows of bipolar disorder. Psychotherapy can also be helpful.

Dysthymia - Dysthymia is a mild but long-term form of depression. Depending on severity of dysthymia symptoms, patients can be treated with certain types of anti-depressants including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants.

Treatment Resistant Depression – Some forms of depression can be effectively treated with psychotherapy or medications as mentioned above. However, for about one million patients with depression, even several trials of medications and therapy combinations simply do not work. Treatment resistant patients often struggle with severe depression that is difficult to treat successfully. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation also known as TMS therapy can help with this specific form of depression.

Depression is not a selective disease. The devastating symptoms of depressive illnesses can affect anyone; from the rich and famous to the middle class to the homeless. What’s more, said symptoms can arise at any age and affect any race or ethnic group. With that in mind, please participate in helping us raise awareness of depression and mental health screening this October. You can do your part by sharing our blogs on social media and keeping the conversation about depression an open one.

October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month, how will you do your part in helping to raise awareness? Reply below or tweet us @TMSNeurohealth

You CAN cure Depression. Here’s the Proof.

Written September 16th, 2014
Categories: Depression, Depression Treatments, Mental Illness, Neurohealth, TMS Therapy

Depressrace-winnerion is a very real condition that affects 1 in 10 Americans. Though some dealing with depression at various stages are able to treat and cure their symptoms using an Anti-Depressant medication and/or psychiatry, others are not as successful and end up dealing with Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). TRD occurs as a result of major depressive disorder which has occurred due to an unsuccessful attempt at treating depression through regular dosages of anti-depressant medication. A variation and/or combination of anti-depressants can be prescribed in this case to help counteract different symptoms in an attempt to treat the depression. Unfortunately, even these drastic measures can still show little to no success, leaving affected individuals feeling hopeless, defeated and even more anxious about their condition. The reality of the TRD can be quite hash, as those affect feel like there are no other options. In fact, one study suggests that anywhere from 29 to 46% of people (depending on the type of medication) fail to respond to treatment of an anti-depressant and 15% of these patients find no relief in multiple treatment trials[1].

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Tips for Reducing Anxiety During Back-to-school Season

Written September 3rd, 2014
Categories: Depression, Mental Illness

Back-To-SchoolIt’s that time again – lunches, homework, new teachers, and new people. For some, back to school time can be exciting and fun but for others, it can be dreaded, bringing on an overwhelming amount of stress and anxiety. The break from routine while trying to manage tasks between home and school can be the culprit for stress-related feelings during back to school season however, there are several other factors that can also contribute to these feelings of stress and anxiety. Between different sleeping schedules, trying to plan meals, new friends, classes, teachers and schools, it can be a lot to manage. Some may assimilate to these adjustments very well, while others may struggle with such a new environment that they may be at a higher risk for depression caused by the stress and anxiety of such a new culture. This is a very normal feeling and if you are feeling anxious over your new journey, just know you are not alone and things will get better. In the meantime, acknowledge these tips to help decrease the feelings of stress and anxiety during the back to school season.

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TMS NeuroHealth in Psychiatric Annals’ Journal

Written August 25th, 2014
Categories: Neurohealth

Transcranial Magnetic StimulationThe Journal of Continuing Psychiatric Education – Psychiatric Annals released a feature on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Neuromodulation in June. The feature was edited by TMS NeuroHealth’s very own MD Geoffrey Grammer along with Tarique Perera, MD, which includes an overview of Neuromodulation following a series of comprehensive reviews of TMS Therapy and its various uses. Dr. Grammer also co-authored one of the articles titled “The Role of rTMS in the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders Other than Major Depression” where TMS is explored to determine its application towards other psychiatric disorders, providing compelling results of the effects TMS has on several other neurological diseases.

As an increasingly popular form of non-medicinal treatment, TMS is being developed as an extremely effective clinical technique with a clear demand from insurance companies to show support. TMS has the potential to transform the way office-based psychiatric treatment is administered and as the efficacy of this treatment improves, it could cultivate and expand the psychiatric practice as a whole.

To read the full review along with the featured articles, click here: Psychiatric Annals – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Neuromodulation 


Robin Williams’ Death Reminds us Mental Illness can Affect Anyone

Written August 12th, 2014
Categories: Depression, Depression Treatments, Events, Mental Illness, Suicide

Robin WilliamsThe world is mourning the loss of one of the best actors, philanthropists and comedians today as Robin Williams was found deceased in his home yesterday at the age of 63. Williams died from an apparent suicide, when his struggle with depression and substance abuse came to an end. According to his publicists, Williams was likely to be suffering from bipolar disorder along with his severe depression symptoms. He even underwent rehab as recently as July to protect his sobriety.

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Relax with these Top 5 Smartphone Apps for Depression

Written August 8th, 2014
Categories: Depression, Depression Treatments, Neurohealth

Contrary to popular belief, your smartphone can actually provide you with some release of depression symptoms through interacting with innovative applications available to download. Although Smartphones have commonly been linked to increasing depression in teens [1], the ability to disconnect socially from your cell phone and use it in a way that guides you through meditation, relaxation and stress-management, can provide promising advantages. Several of these applications also provide users with access to a plethora of resources and communities to which they can educate themselves and interact with others who are going through similar feelings. These applications may also become a helpful and healthy addition to your depression treatment and can keep your mind off of other stressors going on in your life. Meditation, in fact, is an extremely powerful activity and can reduce your anxiety levels by 70% [2]! Just remember to turn off all other applications, beeps, noises, rings, and tunes while you are in your stress-free, mindful zone in order to avoid distractions and get the most out of these amazing apps.

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6 Useful Self-Help Books for Depression

Written June 27th, 2014
Categories: Depression, Depression Treatments, Neurohealth

Reading can be a form of escape, dreaming even. By taking your mind off of daily life stressors and immersing in a good story, you are benefiting yourself it so many ways. (Did you know that reading a book causes a physiological change in the brain that lasts for days?![1]). Reading is a great way to spend quality time with yourself away from technology and take your mind off things that might be bothering you. For instance, some people who suffer from depression, anxiety or panic attacks find that reading self-help books and other motivational stories helps immensely with depression tolerance. Research has even indicated that reading can be more relaxing than listening to music or going for a walk [2].  We’ve done some research and have come up with a list of 6 great self-help books to read if you are suffering from, or would like to know more about depression. So cuddle up with your pet, a blanket and some tea and enjoy some of these great reads. You won’t regret it.

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Mental Health Awareness Facts We Should Be Talking About

Written June 3rd, 2014
Categories: Depression
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With the month of May – designated Mental Health Awareness Month – already behind us, it is time to reflect on the impact mental health has in our everyday lives. It is not just an isolated illness that involves a few; it is a world-wide epidemic that affects more than 450 million across the globe[1].

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Why Does Mommy Hurt? This Book Will Tell You

Written May 28th, 2014
Categories: Events, Postpartum Depression
Elizabeth M. Christy with her son

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How do you explain chronic pain and depression to a little child? You write a book of course. At least that’s what Elizabeth Christy did when her son was old enough to notice her illness. “I think the word ‘chronic,’ especially, is hard to explain to children,” Elizabeth says, “my son often gets frustrated; especially when he wants to do something like walk to the playground when I am having a bad day”.

Elizabeth Christy suffers from Fibromyalgia, a frustrating and debilitating disease characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. It amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals .

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Fixing Nutritional Deficiencies Worsening Your Depression

Written May 21st, 2014
Categories: Depression

Human body empty of nutrientsIt is no secret that a large number of ailments can be prevented and even treated with proper diet and nutrition. While it is true that certain vitamins can play a role in some cases, it is important to highlight that the lack of a vitamin in particular is not the definite cause of depression, as some myths might suggest. Depression is a psychological occurrence linked with brain functioning and because of the complexity of the disease, depression symptoms and treatment options can vary greatly from patient to patient. Physical symptoms of depression are often ignored or underestimated. These symptoms can include sleep problems, chest pains, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and headaches, among others. Read the rest of this entry »