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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

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 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

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

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

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

The Impact of TMS Through the Treaters’ Eyes

Eight years ago the team at ThriveLogic TMS + NeuroHealth (ThriveLogic) began providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as an alternative option for treating depression. Just like medications or talk therapy, TMS is one tool in the depression-treatment “toolkit” providers are using to help people live healthier, happier lives. Over the years, it has become clear… Read More

Change is the Only Constant

It’s believed that Heraclitus once said, “the only thing that is constant is change.” And he may have gotten that right. Recently there have been numerous articles and news features about change, spanning various industries, regions, and cultures. Some stories that caught my attention, I’ll highlight in the following thoughts, but in general, the consistent… Read More

An Interview with Michelle Cochran, MD, FAPA: Clinical TMS Society Board President

I recently sat down with an industry colleague, and we had an open discussion on the Clinical TMS Society’s role and impact on TMS Therapy and the future of the treatment for depressed patients. Below are insights from Clinical TMS Society Board President and fellow psychiatrist, Michelle Cochran, MD FAPA. Q: What is The Clinical… Read More

Musings on When to Seek Professional Help

Generally speaking, we do not worry about a bad day or two or transient emotional discomfort. Life has its ups and downs, and life has “flat tires” on occasion which we deal with, cope with and move on. Those times do not mean someone has to seek professional help. But instead, the notion is when… Read More

Life is Too Short, and Life is Too Long to Let Depression Go Untreated

Depression is an immense health issue. It’s the number one psychiatric disorder in the western world, and according to the World Health Organization, affects 300 million people globally. It’s growing in all age groups and communities so fast that if it continues to increase at its current rate, it will be the second most disabling… Read More

Tend Your Garden and Cultivate Your Brain to Thrive

While I’m a psychiatrist by trade, I do have a bit of a green thumb when it comes to gardening—growing vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees. Sometimes I have been successful, but many times my results were less than fruitful. However, over my 30+ years in private practice, doing inpatient psychiatry and nearly eight years providing… Read More

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