Category Archives: Blog

They Want Their Lives Back!

The last blog in this space was an interview with Schatzie Brunner, who discussed her experiences with TMS treatment. Recently, I ran across an article in Readers Digest in which Natalie DeGravel speaks similarly highly about her TMS experience at UCLA. This is important to me because there was a similar testimony with a video… Read More

An Interview with Schatzie Brunner: TMS Therapy Patient Advocate and Former CNN Anchor

If depression appears to be in control of your life, you are not alone. Over 16 million people in the United States suffer from depression. More than four million individuals are not satisfied with their current treatment of antidepressant medication. If this sounds familiar, you may be “treatment-resistant.” Treatment–Resistant Depression (TRD) or treatment-refractory depression are… Read More

Beyond the Numbers: TMS Depression Outcomes Registry

The NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy depression outcomes registry was recently announced with 500+ patients, and 62% of patients experienced significant improvement in their depression symptoms. Why is this important? FDA-cleared in 2008, TMS uses MRI-strength magnetic field pulses to treat depression in patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant medication. The registry is a way… Read More

What is This Thing Called TMS?

Recently I have seen the confusion on various types of neuromodulation treatments in articles. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has been such a part of my life over the years that the confusion is confusing, but it is understandable when I step back and take a look. ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and tDCS… Read More

From Then to Now: How TMS is Shaping Our Future

Seven years ago, my practice began using a new treatment for depression that was cleared by the FDA in 2008, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is a technology I have been following for the previous 20 years, and it appeared to have the potential to help people struggling with depression that had not benefitted… Read More

Psychotic Disorders – Schizophrenia

People with psychotic disorders lose contact with reality and experience a range of extreme symptoms that usually includes: Hallucinations—hearing or seeing things that are not real, such as voices Delusions—believing things that are not true However, these symptoms can occur in people with other health problems, including bipolar disorder, dementia, substance abuse disorders, or brain… Read More

Personality Disorders – Antisocial Personality Disorder

People with personality disorders experience patterns of behavior, feelings, and thinking that can: Interfere with a person’s life Create problems at work and school Cause issues in personal and social relationships Personality disorders include: Antisocial Personality Disorder Antisocial personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating,… Read More

Personality Disorders – Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition in which a person has long-term patterns of unstable or turbulent emotions. These inner experiences often result in impulsive actions and chaotic relationships with other people. Causes The cause of borderline personality disorder is unknown. Genetic, family and social factors are thought to play roles. Risk… Read More

Mood Disorders – Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. People who have it go through unusual mood changes. They go from very happy, “up,” and active to very sad and hopeless, “down,” and inactive, and then back again. They often have normal moods in between. The up feeling is called mania. The down feeling is depression. The… Read More

Mood Disorders – Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a type of depression. Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months when there is less natural sunlight. It usually lifts during spring and summer. Not everyone with SAD has the same symptoms. They include Sad, anxious or “empty” feelings Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism Feelings… Read More

Eating Disorders – Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that makes people lose more weight than is considered healthy for their age and height. Persons with this disorder may have an intense fear of weight gain, even when they are underweight. They may diet or exercise too much, or use other methods to lose weight. Causes The exact… Read More

Eating Disorders – Bulimia

Bulimia is an illness in which a person binges on food or has regular episodes of overeating and feels a loss of control. The person then uses different methods — such as vomiting or abusing laxatives—to prevent weight gain. Many (but not all) people with bulimia also have anorexia nervosa. Causes Many more women than… Read More

Behavioral Disorders – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a behavioral disorder that involves a pattern of disruptive behaviors in children that last for at least six months and cause problems in school, at home and in social situations. Nearly everyone shows some of these behaviors at times, but behavior disorders are more serious. Behavioral disorders may involve: Inattention… Read More

Anxiety Disorders – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. If you have OCD, you have repeated, upsetting thoughts called obsessions. You do the same thing over and over again to try to make the thoughts go away. Those repeated actions are called compulsions. Examples of obsessions are a fear of germs or a fear… Read More

Anxiety Disorders – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a real illness. You can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, rape, physical abuse or a bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over. It affects your life and the people around you. PTSD can… Read More