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Seasonal Affective Disorder; Not Just the Winter Blues

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

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

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

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

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

The Neurostar Advance Therapy 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 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

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

Dr. Scott West and NeuroStar TMS Therapy for Depression – News Channel 4 WSMV

Anti-depressants are the most common way to tackle depression, but they don't work for everyone, and medications often come with side effects. TMS Therapy is rising in popularity as an effective treatment, helping millions of Americans to feel joy again. Dr. W. Scott West shares insight on this proven technology. Click the image below to... 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

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

Martha Rhodes Suffered From Major Depressive Disorder

As she explains in her memoir, NeuroStar TMS Therapy® changed her life. Get a FREE copy of her book, 3,000 Pulses Later: My TMS Journey, courtesy of NeuroStar.

Robert Rodger Recovers from a Lifetime of Chronic Depression

Robert Rodger, age 39, experienced depression since he was a child. He tells his story amid the doubts and fears, through the treatment and into recovery. Robert discloses his intimate thoughts and the things that almost held him back from receiving hope, then recovery.

Dr. Scott West and TMS – The New Depression Treatment / News Channel 4 WSMV

W. Scott West., MD is proud to have been the psychiatrist to bring NeuroStar TMS Therapy® to Tennessee in 2010. Having treated patients with Major Depressive Disorder, in an outpatient and inpatient environment, he realized the limitations of existing treatment options.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy – Clinical Evidence

Significant Response Was Maintained 12 Months After Acute Depression Treatment In a naturalistic clinical study in 257 patients who did not benefit from antidepressant medications, NeuroStar TMS Therapy® offered durable effect over 1 year following acute treatment.