How Mental Health Impacts Teen and Young Adult Development

How Mental Health Impacts Teen and Young Adult Development

By: W. Scott West, M.D. Growing up is difficult, and growing up to be a healthy and functional adult is a challenge in itself. Several things complicate the process. The development process is similar to what happens when we build something. Think of it like constructing a house. If we have the structure of the… Read More

Press Release: neuroCare Centers of America Growth Continues, Strategic Partnership Adds Second Nashville-area Clinic

Nashville NeuroCare Therapy and ThriveLogic Partner to Expand Clinical Expertise, Technologies and Treatment Protocols to Better Serve Mental Health Communities NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Nashville NeuroCare Therapy, the flagship neuroCare Centers of America clinic in Tennessee, announced a strategic partnership with ThriveLogic TMS + NeuroHealth (ThriveLogic) to better serve the needs of those suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia… Read More

Leveraging Advanced Technology to Treat Depression at the Source

Leveraging Advanced Technology to Treat Depression at the Source

By: W. Scott West, MD Technology continues to advance at a rapid pace across various industries, which closely mirrors the rate of adoption and usage of technological developments. Both businesses and consumers are increasingly utilizing robust technology in everyday life, and the healthcare segment is one such industry that strives to lead the pack when… Read More

Discovering TMS and Its Importance

Recently a couple of patient discussions happened that prompted me to reflect on my own TMS journey, which I’d like to share in this blog as three stages: discovery, adoption, and advocacy. DiscoveryIn the early-mid ’90s, I referred a young lady who had been struggling with depression to a residential treatment center in New England…. Read More

Improving TMS Therapy as Technology Advances

Neuro-Cardiac-Guided TMS

Healthcare treatment approaches change over time as discoveries and new technologies are tested and refined. The process of evidence-based research, learning and continuous improvement carries over for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy for depression treatment. As a refresher, TMS Therapy utilizes a safe, non-invasive magnetic pulse technology to stimulate brain activity at the area where… Read More

What does Esketamine have to do with TMS Therapy?

What does Esketamine have to do with TMS Therapy?

What does Esketamine have to do with TMS? While this blog focuses on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy for depression, as good practice, I like to share my thoughts on new treatment options as they become available. Whether it’s advances in technologies, psychotherapy approaches or the latest medication, I’m committed to informing my patients on… Read More

Industry Meeting: Highlights and Insights in the TMS Field

Industry Meeting: Highlights and Insights in the TMS Field

Last week, February 21 – 23, 2019, I attended the Clinical TMS Society‘s annual meeting held in vibrant Vancouver, Canada. For the sixth year, this conference bought together TMS providers and researchers from across the globe to discuss the pulse of the industry, discoveries, and what’s on the horizon for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) technology as… Read More

Snapshot of Patient Success Stories with TMS Therapy for Depression

TMS Therapy for Depression

In this blog feature, while I typically discuss more of the mechanics and scientific aspects of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy for depression, this time I wanted to sidestep and highlight a handful of patient success stories for individuals that I’m currently treating to share their journey back to health. As a practicing psychiatrist, I… Read More

Q&A: Thrive Global and Dr. Scott West

Dr. Scott West, ThriveLogic (Nashville TMS)

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Scott West, Medical Director of ThriveLogic TMS + Neurohealth and Nashville NeuroCare Therapy in Nashville, Tennessee. A nationally-recognized and board-certified psychiatrist with more than 30 years of experience in clinical depression, Dr. West brought the NeuroStar Advanced Therapy technology to Nashville and became the first physician in Tennessee to offer… Read More

What do we know about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy?

TMS Therapy

It is sometimes helpful to recap where we are so we can make the best decisions about how to move forward. It helps to look at the facts and be realistic about where we are, what we know and what more we can learn to gain a fuller understanding of something in its current state… Read More

Seasonal Affective Disorder; Not Just the Winter Blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Sometimes the Grinch visits. It might be winter, or it might be summer. It might be part of a larger picture of clinical depression, or it might be only seasonal. Having first been described in 1984, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has become a recognizable diagnosis that warrants treatment as a type of depression that displays… Read More

An Interview with Schatzie Brunner: Founder of New Way Now

Schatzie Brunner

I recently sat down with a colleague and former TMS patient, Schatzie Brunner, to learn more about her new business venture, New Way Now, which is a non-profit organization centered on depression awareness, education and resources. Below are insights from my conversation with former CNN anchor, author, depression advocate and Founder of New Way Now,… Read More

Why It’s Difficult to Find Help for Depression

Help is Hard to Find

Over the last few years, it has been harder and harder to find resources for my patients to get the help they need. Being a believer in a multimodal approach to the treatment of psychiatric struggles, I will see people for psychotherapy, medications, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and until recently I would admit patients to… Read More

The Depression Calculator for Employers

The Depression Calculator for Employers What’s good for business should also be good for employees, as the majority of companies’ lifeblood depends on its workforce productivity. Recently, The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation’s Center for Workplace Mental Health released its Depression Calculator, a tool that estimates the cost of depression for employers as well as offers helpful resources. Individuals that... Read More

The Power of Relating to Others

The Power of Relating to Others

In my profession, what I do throughout the day is talk with people who are struggling. The nature of the struggles varies. Some individuals are depressed about specific circumstances, situations or people. Others have perceptual difficulties that interfere with their ability to maintain a connection with reality. These struggles can manifest in degrees of challenge… Read More

Suicide; What People are Saying

Suicide; What People are Saying

Suicide is a critical issue in our society, and we continue to struggle with how to deal with it. The CDC’s latest release of statistics indicated that suicide rates in 25 states experienced increases of greater than 30% from 1999 to 2016 was amplified when we found out about the recent suicides of two celebrities,… Read More

Treating Depression When Medication Doesn’t Work

Treating Depression When Medication Doesn’t Work

The recent, tragic deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are a reminder of the battle so many of us are fighting, often silently. Depression doesn’t discriminate, and even celebrities are a part of the 320 million people around the world living with depression. I’ve met many of these individuals in my line of work… Read More

Industry Meeting Recap: Treatment for Depression and Beyond

Industry Meeting Recap: Treatment for Depression and Beyond

May 11 – 13, 2018 marked the Clinical TMS Society Annual Meeting, where 550+ attendees from more than 30 countries came together in Brooklyn, New York to share expert insight and discuss what’s ahead for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS. The two-day conference showcased the practical and the potential of providing TMS as a clinical… Read More

The Neurostar Advance Therapy Outcomes Registry

NeuroStar Outcomes Registry Dr. W. Scott West co-presented with Greg Harper, VP of Product Development & Operations of NeuroStar, at the 2018 Clinical TMS Society Annual Meeting. We invite you to review our presentation, The Neurostar Advance Therapy Outcomes Registry - On Track to be the Largest Registry of Treatment-Resistant Depression. View/Download Presentation

APA TV: TMS Therapy Combats Depression, NeuroStar Technology Leads the Way

Dr. W. Scott West Dr. W. Scott West discusses Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy using NeuroStar technology, the #1 TMS choice of doctors for the treatment of depression. Listen to Dr. West, Medical Director of ThriveLogic TMS + NeuroHealth and Nashville NeuroCare Therapy, highlight depression rates, treatment options and why he believes TMS is a proven and safe therapy... Read More

Not Merely Surviving – Thriving

ThriveLogic Uses TMS to Help Patients with Severe Depression Board-certified psychiatrist W. Scott West, MD, DFAPA, has treated patients with mood disorders throughout his more than 30 years in practice. For patients with refractory depression, it’s far too easy to fall into a vicious cycle where the condition is exacerbated by the despair that accompanies… Read More

What is Mental Health?

For nearly 70 years, May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month across the nation. With one in five people in the U.S. affected by “mental health conditions,” this month-long effort centers on celebrating the improvement and recovery of people with mental illness, so it is best to understand Mental Health by the learning… Read More

6 Lessons Learned: Treating Depression with TMS

For a long time, it has been widely known that clinical depression is a complex mental illness. Depression interferes with the ability to live and engage in life. It can be challenging to struggle with a depressed mood that does not respond to treatments. And some depression is not effectively treated despite several medications and… Read More

Depression Treatment Isn’t Always Apples to Apples

Recently, I came across an interesting depression treatment paper published in Brain Stimulation that I wanted to review titled, Simultaneous rTMS and psychotherapy in major depressive disorder: Clinical outcomes and predictors from a large naturalistic study. The purpose of this research was to see what happened with a group of people with Major Depressive Disorder… Read More