Self-injury or self-harm is, to put it simply, a coping mechanism. It’s a way of expressing all those emotions bottled up inside you that you just can’t put into words. Self-injury might help mask those emotions and make you feel better for a little while, but the emotional pain always comes back.
It’s the never ending chicken and egg dilemma; are you suffering from insomnia because you’re depressed or are you depressed because you’re not getting enough sleep? The short answer is both, but in reality the connection between sleep and mental health goes deeper than originally thought.
A couple of weeks ago, TMS therapy was highlighted in an article in Psychology Today’s Reading Between the (Head) Lines. The title was straight and to the point; “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Treats Depression”. Such a blunt statement leaves little space for uncertainty and Dr. Dale Archer, the author of the article, backs it up by stating that “this relatively new, noninvasive treatment has been proven to treat clinical depression even when prior conventional methods have failed.”
We’re growing! TMS NeuroHealth Centers is pleased to announce the opening of our new location in Richmond, Virginia. Expanding into our third location enables us to create a more unified service with healthcare providers to deliver the highest quality of care for patients in the Richmond, VA area. Our new location has the pleasure of having Dr. William M. Sauvé as its new Medical Director.
The third Monday of January has been commonly referred to as the “Blue Monday”. The term, coined by academic Cliff Arnall, is supposed to highlight a day when all our troubles overlap. Our holiday credit card statements are here, there is little to no sunlight, we are back at work and things are looking pretty gloomy overall. While the ‘science’ behind it has lost any value, the term itself has stuck.
January 20th is fast approaching and the avalanche of rain, snow, divorce, and debt is will soon fall down on us. The term “Blue Monday” was coined in 2005 when academic Cliff Arnall came up with a somewhat unreliable equation to find out when would our spirits be at the lowest, in other words, he was said to be able to identify the most miserable day of the year.
Congratulations! You survived the holiday season. This season can be stressful and demanding under normal circumstances, but it can become downright excruciating when you are also suffering from depression. Now that these stressful days are (finally?) over, millions of people are slowly and begrudgingly returning to work. Web analysts have scoured the internet and found that today many of us will be posting updates on our social media channels using negative language and phrases (and one or two grumpy cat images) indicating a sudden drop in mood. The analysis was done by a company called Upbeat, they analyzed more than 2 million tweets posted in Britain in January over the past three years and concluded that today many of us will be venting our frustrations online. Watch out for depression triggers, stress and anxiety as we manage to survive one of the crabbiest days of the year.
So what will these negative posts look like? Here are a few examples:
Categories: Depression Treatments
There are many names to describe Major Depressive Disorder; clinical depression, unipolar depression, or simply major depression. What causes it is still unclear; while there is evidence pointing out to a genetic link between generations there is also strong evidence suggesting environmental and behavioral causes. If left untreated it can go on for months to years. Treating major depression requires more intensive treatment than a single episode of depression because of the severity of the symptoms and the duration of them.
Categories: TMS Therapy
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, TMS Therapy, has come a long way since it was first cleared by the FDA in 2008. As with most new technologies and treatments options, the insurance companies are initially reluctant to cover such procedures until proven safe and effective over long periods of time. Thankfully, TMS Therapy has proven just that.
Yet another holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the before the last of the mashed potatoes and gravy is finished we will already be inundated with the ‘holiday cheer’ of December celebrations. It’s a time of family gatherings, big celebratory meals, and other fun activities. However, if you are suffering from depression then the stress that comes with the holiday season can be a massive trigger that leads to frustration and anxiety. There are also people without a family or close friends to spend the day with, but also those who do have family and friends but have had negative experiences with them in the past.