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Information on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Sep 29th, 2020

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, most commonly known as ADHD, is the most common mental disorder affecting children, however, ADHD affects many adults as well. The three main symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. This includes high activity levels, difficulty remaining still for a long period of time, as wel as...

Intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation Treatment for Depression as an Alternative to ECT Sep 24th, 2020

Electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, is a medical treatment most commonly used for patients who are experiencing severe major depression or bipolar disorders and have not responded to other treatments like psychotherapy and medications. ECT involves a brief and direct electric stimulation to the brain while the patient is under anesthesia....

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Sep 22nd, 2020

Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, can be defined as a psychiatric disorder that may occur in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. This is also known as a mental health condition where symptoms can include:  - intense feelings of distress when reminded of a tragic...

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for the Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) Sep 21st, 2020

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, most comonly known as OCD, is a chronic and diabling disorder that includes a combination of anxiety-inducing thoughts and behaviors. These symtoms can be time consuming and can create significant distress on the individual experiencing it. It is even considered one of the ten most disabling disorders...

September is Suicide Awareness Month Sep 9th, 2020

Suicide is the action with the intent of ending your own life. For individuals who experience suicidal thoughts, it is a way for people to escape pain or suffering. For the month of September, there is an annual week-long campaign in the United States that brings awareness towards suicide prevention. September...

Tips to Stay Focused for Working Remotely During COVID-19 Aug 20th, 2020

There are numerous individuals affected by the global pandemic that began to take place in the beginning of 2020 and is still present today. Many were forced to leave their work or school environment and adapt to working from home. This is a completely new concept to most since working...

Recognizing Anxiety in Others Aug 17th, 2020

There are many different forms of anxiety disorders, however, there are many common symtoms that many of these disorders share which can help others identify if someone is suffering from an anxiety disorder. If you feel that something is not right with someone you care about and think they are...

Different Forms of Depression Aug 7th, 2020

Depression, whether it be clinical depression or major depressive disorder, is a serious but very common mood disorder. The symtoms can affect an individual's lifestyle by changing the way an individual feels, thinks, and how they treat others. Depression is more than just feeling sad, but rather it is profound...

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Aug 3rd, 2020

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, is an anxiety disorder in which individuals experience recurring or obsessive thoughts that drive them to do somethings repeatedly. It is common for individuals with OCD to have focused thoughts or repeated behaviors. There are certain causes of OCD that are still not fully...

Summer Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic Jul 24th, 2020

Summer is finally here but this summer won't be the same as we imagined. During these unprecedented times, little is known when it will be safe to resume all normal activities. While stay at home orders are being lifted in many states, cases still seem to be rising at an...

Five Ways to Help Someone with Anxiety Jul 20th, 2020

There are a lot of common myths about anxiety that say anxiety is a temporary problem or medications are the only solution to anxiety disorder. However, there are numerous facts that show that these myths are indeed false.  Fact: Anxiety disorders are a type of mental illness that stems from...

How to Stay Productive during Quarantine Jul 16th, 2020

Because self-quarantining is highly encouraged due to the global pandemic, it is crucial that we take advantage of the free time that is presented to us. This could be a time to work on ourselves and take on the opportunities that we have always wanted to do, especially since there...

TMS and its Effect on Insomnia Jul 15th, 2020

Many patients with treatment resistant depression have coexisting symptoms of insomnia that may have preceeded their depression and could increase their risk of relapse. Those with insomnia also have a higher chance to develop depression in addition to suicidal ideation. In the paper by Suh et al. 2013, they reported...

The Safety and Concerns with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Jul 5th, 2020

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is well known to be an effective treatment for Depresesion as well as other health issues including anxiety and OCD. This is a widely used option after multiple medications have not been effective. This therapy is usually well tolerated by patients and causes very few side effects....

Dr. Oz Demonstrates Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Live on His Show Jun 21st, 2020

On The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz explains how Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) works to treat depression. He explains the mechanisms that are targetted and how the coil delivers magnetic stimulation to alter the electrical pathways in the brain. Not only does the stimulation enhance neuronal activity, but it also...

How Face Masks are Meant to Protect Others, not Yourself Jun 14th, 2020

As businesses start to open and many employees are returning back to work, face masks can play an important role to help contain the Corona Virus and any other harmful viruses from spreading, especially from asymptomatic carriers. It has been known that individuals who lack symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who...

Dealing with Workplace Anxiety: At Home and In-Person May 29th, 2020

As businesses are beginning to reopen all across the nation, some of us are ready to get up and go while the rest of us are feeling angsty going back to our normal lives.  With most workplaces using platforms like Zoom or Google Hangouts to conduct conference calls, this can...

How to Celebrate Memorial Day at Home May 25th, 2020

Military Voices Initiative from Story Corps - There's no better way to honor the lives of those who have served than through story telling. Story Corps sheds light on the experiences of those who have served, their families, and those who have been lost.  Virtual White House Tour- Just incase you were...

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy for Patients with Major Depression May 22nd, 2020

Major depression is the most commmon mental illnesses that many Americans face. Conventional approaches like talk therapy and antidepressants can work for some but not for all causing their symptoms to persist even after several treatments. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a new approach that is becoming more conventional for...

Comedian Neal Brennan Talks About the Effectiveness of TMS Therapy May 7th, 2020

Neal Brennan, co-creator of Comedy Central’s Chappelle Show, talks to Trevor Noah in an interview and openly discusses his struggles with depression. Noah asks how he can talk about depression on a comedy show and in a simple answer he responds, “Just be honest about it.” In the interview he...

Finding Food When There's None Left on The Shelves May 5th, 2020

With a crisis like this, it’s understandable why we all feel the need to be panic-buying. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a driving reason as to why people may be hoarding is because they believe it will be of benefit to them in the future. However,...

Proactive Steps to Deal with Depression During Covid Apr 29th, 2020

The world today is much different than what we’re used to. While we are not in total lockdown like other countries, we are still mandated to shelter in place. This includes not going to work, avoiding social interactions, and leaving the house only for essential needs. These efforts to lower...

An Underused Option for Severe Depression Mar 19th, 2020

Hardvard Health Publishing reports how nonsurgical brain stimulation may be an effective alternative to consider according to a study conducted and puvlished by The BMJ. This alternative is most efficient if medication is not helping to ease the symptoms of depression.    Read the full story here: https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/an-underused-option-for-severe-depression    

"It's All About Remission" - Jonathan Downar, M.D. Lecture Recap - 2017 Annual Meeting Mar 19th, 2020

How do we get higher remission rates with rTMS?  TMS researchers such as Jonathan Downar are making progress in identifying subtypes of depression based on functional connectivity of networks associated with symptom domains that occur across the spectrum of diagnoses in the DSM. If we can identify the pathological networks,...

I Tried Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Cure My Depression. Here's What Happened. Mar 18th, 2020

Menshealth reports how effective transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is used to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to treat depression especially when cases of first line treatments, such as medications, dont work. In the interview with Benjamin, who has been suffereing with depression for years, he explains how he has...

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to Treat Symptoms of Depression Mar 18th, 2020

Depression is a common and serious illness that negatively influences an individual’s daily lifestyles such as the way they act, how they feel, and even the way they think. Depression affects an estimated 1 in 15 adults or 6.7% in any given year. In addition, 1 and 6 people or...

Intense Magnetic Stimulation Could Reduce Severe Depression, New Study Shows Mar 18th, 2020

Stanford Medicine Nolan Williams, M.D., an instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences conducted a study with the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and has seen good results in patients treated with the traditional form of TMS therapy.   Read the full story here: https://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2018/02/14/intense-magnetic-stimulation-could-reduce-severe-depression-new-study-shows/

Repetitive TMS Effective for Comorbid Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Mar 18th, 2020

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) has shown to treat patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and comorbid anxiety.  Read the full story here:https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/home/topics/mood-disorders/depressive-disorder/repetitive-tms-effective-for-comorbid-major-depressive-disorder-anxiety/

How Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Changed One Woman's Life Mar 17th, 2020

Read how Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) changed Marcia Terry's life. Terry has tried and failed 5 antidepressants without success until her psychiatrist recommended TMS.    Read the full story here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/deep-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-changed-womans-life-depression/