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April 14th is International Moment of Laughter Day Apr 14th, 2021

Laughter is a great way to relieve stress, improve your mood, and can have some health benefits as well. There is no doubt about it that laughter relieves stress however it can also provide many short term and surprisingly long term benefits as well. Laughter is a positive sensation that...

5 Types of Impulse Control Disorders Apr 9th, 2021

Impulse control disorders can be identified through this 5 types of conditions: kleptomania, pyromania, intermittent explosive disorder, pathological gambling, and trichotillomania. An impulse control disorder refers to a condition where individuals may have difficulty controlling either their emotions or behaviors. This can also be a key feature in other medical illnesses...

Pandemic Depression and TMS Treatment Apr 5th, 2021

There is no doubt about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the mental health of many individuals throughout the world. This time will forever make an impact on the way we all live and interact. However, this time has sparked scientists to focus on new therapies that will help patients struggling...

New Study Regarding Improvement of ADHD Detection Mar 30th, 2021

A researcher from a University at Buffalo is currently studying how brian connectivity, specific communication among different brain regions, are able to fulfill the role as a bio-marker for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is commonly diagnosed psychological disorder for school-adged children.  Brain connectivity of ADHD may be a...

TMS Brain Stimulation Shows Boosts in Memory Replay and Accuracy Mar 25th, 2021

A study conducted by Northwestern Medicine showed that patients who recieved transcranial megnetic stimulation (TMS) improved their memory of complex, realistic events when applied to networks responsible for memory. Participants watched videos of realistic activities to measure how memory works on everyday tasks. They found that higher quality reinstatement memories...

Benefits of Aromatherapy Mar 24th, 2021

Aromatherapy can be described as a healing treatment that utilizes extract from natural plants to improve individuals' health and well-being. It may also addressed as "essential oil therapy" since aromatic essential oils are used. It promotes the health of the body, mind, and spirit, along with physical and emotional health....

COVID-19 Vaccination Myths and Rumors Debunked Mar 5th, 2021

With two COVID-19 Vaccines out and authorized by the FDA as emergency use-with more on the way- there are tons of rumors and myths regarding the safety and efficacy of the COVID vaccines and whether or not one should get vaccinated.  Myth #1: The COVID vaccine was rushed, therefore it...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Feb 14th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

Benefits of Sleeping 7 to 9 Hours Every Day Feb 3rd, 2021

Sleep plays a valuable role in individuals' every day lives. It is an important factor that has a lot of benefits to one's health conditions. Therefore, it is crucial to be able to sleep between 7 to 9 hours per night. This is so that individuals are able to take...

More About Dysthymic Disorders Jan 28th, 2021

Persistent depressive disorder, or also known as dysthymia, is a chronic form of depression. Similar to to effects of depression, an individual can lose interest in normal daily activities, feel hopeless, lack productivity, and have low self esteem. These feelings can last for years and can eventually influence and individual's...

Differences Between Bipolar Disorders I & II Jan 25th, 2021

Bipolar disorder is a type of mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs and lows. The highs and lows can be described as mania or hypomania and depression. Individuals experience mood shifts from feeling sad, hopeless, or losing pleasure in certain activities that can suddenly...

Sleep, Exercise, and Raw Fruits and Veggies Jan 20th, 2021

We constantly hear that eating right and getting sufficient exercise can improve health. A study has found that the three pillars of mental health which include, sleeping, exercising, and eating raw fruits and veggies are all good predictors for improved mental health and well being amongst young adults. This study...

Safety Measures for Coronavirus Prevention Jan 13th, 2021

Coronavirus was first present in the United States during the end of 2019 and slowly spread, creating a pandemic that is still ongoing today. Although there is a vaccine, individuals should take extra precautions to ensure protection from themselves and others. This is especially crucial since the number of those...

Know the Different Types of Neurotransmitters that Help Regulate Brain Activity Jan 11th, 2021

Neruotransmitters are chemical messengers that carries, boosts, and balances signals between neurons and target cells in our brain and even throughout our body. There are over a billion neurotransmitters that work constantly to keep our brains functioning and manages everything from breathing, concentrating, and learning. In addition, these molecules can...

What is Schizoaffective Disorder? Jan 8th, 2021

Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental health condition that consists of schizophrenia and mood disorder symptoms. This can include hallucinations or delusions, and depression or mania. There are numerous individuals that are misdiagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder from schizoaffective disorder. It is still unknown if this mental health disorder...

The Importance of Suicide Awareness and Prevention Jan 6th, 2021

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States with over 48,000 people who died by suicide in 2018. Knowing the warning signs of suicide and where/how to get help can save lives since it is a tragic, yet preventable event. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone...

Understanding How the COVID-19 Vaccine Works Dec 30th, 2020

The COVID-19 Vaccine helps strengthen our body by developing immunity to the COVID-19 virus without getting the illness. With all vaccines, a supply of T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cells, will be produced to offer protection by remembering how to fight the virus in the...

Celebrating New Years during a Pandemic Dec 28th, 2020

Throughout this year, there have been numerous changes that individuals have had to endure. There were transitions from a public work place to suddenly working remotely from home. Schools, restaurants, malls, salons, etc. were forced to close to ensure the safety of the public. However, as the end of the...

Self-Care Tips for Mental Heath Dec 23rd, 2020

Mental health is an important aspect of an individual's every day life that includes their emotional, psychological, and social well-being and affects the ability to think, feel, and act. It is also an important factor that helps to determine how one approaches and handles stress. Throughout the stages of life,...

Enjoying the Holidays From the Comfort of Your Own Home Dec 22nd, 2020

Nothing can stop the holiday spirit, not even the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been one full year since the first case of COVID in China, however, we have come together and continued to live our life normally and virtually. Many of us has made major adjustments and become more cautious...

Common Types of Eating Disorders Dec 14th, 2020

Eating disorders are classified as a range of psychological disorders that are characterized by either abnormal or distributed eating habits. Individuals with eating disorders experience severe disturbances in their eating behaviors, along with their thoughts and emotions. Also, those who have eating disorders are generally women between the ages of...

Neurostimulation for Treatment Resistant Depression Dec 14th, 2020

Neurostimulation delivers electrical pulses to the brain to treat patients experiencing depression, Parkinson's, chronic pain, movement disorders and many more. Over the few decades, advancements in technology and neuroscience has produced positive techniques beyond invasive treatments like electroconvulsive therapy that could be commonplace treatments for millions of individuals who suffer...

COVID-19 PCR Testing Centers and Resources Dec 8th, 2020

With the cases rising in the United States, it is crucial that individuals get tested often to sure they don't sprea the virus to others. COVID tests are available nationwide and offered at no cost at health centeres and select pharmacies. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act ensures that the...

Thanksgiving Ideas During the COVID Pandemic Nov 13th, 2020

Thanksgiving this year will look a bit different than usual due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, things don't have to be that different as long as everyone takes part in trying to make themselves and others safer. The CDC recommends that everyone wear a mask to prevent the spread of...

The Importance of Getting Vaccinated for the Flu Nov 11th, 2020

The Influenza (Flu) vaccination has never been so important to get until now. It is especially important to get vaccinated since we are currently in a global pandemic. The flu shot prevents you from getting sick with the flu and spreading it to others. In Addition, the vaccine can reduce...

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Nov 10th, 2020

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to the changes in seasons throughout the year. For most individuals, SAD begins and ends around the same time of the year where symptoms start to be more present in the fall and continue onto winter. However, it...

Depression Can be Manifested Differently Person to Person Nov 3rd, 2020

Depression can be experienced by many and can arise in many forms, some more obvious than others. Depression manifests differently person to person and not a single individual will experience the same symptoms and experience as another individual with depression. One person could go about their day easily and push...

Different Types of Treatments for ADHD Oct 30th, 2020

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also called ADHD for short, is one of the most common mental disorders that affects children and many adults. There are various symptoms of ADHD that include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsitivity that causes individuals to have a difficult time remaining still for extended periods of time. There are...

New Stanford Medicine Study Finds a 90% Success Rate for Depression Oct 13th, 2020

To find the full study, click here. A sample of 21 participants experiencing severe depression and was unresponsive to anti-depressant medications, talk therapy, or other forms of electromagnetic stimulation such as ECT, was recruited in a small study designed by Stanford Professors. The researchers used a form of Transcranial Magnetic...

Different Types of Mental Disorders Oct 12th, 2020

There are many different types of mental disorders that are listed in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), which is a handbook used by health professioinals to identify and diagnose mental illness. Mental health is important because it affects how individuals feel, think, and act.  Some types...

What is the Difference Between a Panic Attack and an Anxiety Attack? Oct 5th, 2020

Panic attatcks and anxiety attacks often feel very similar and share a lot of emotional and physical symptoms. However, they are two different conditions and it is possible to experiences these two concurrently at the same time. For example, you can experience extreme anxiety while worrying about a specific stressful...

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 disabling 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/