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

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.

Desperate for Relief for Myself and My family

I experienced my first panic attack and my first episode of clinical depression in 2001 at age 27. After trying multiple anti-depressants, I found one that worked for me, and I was able to pull out of the depression and remained relatively stable for several years. Unfortunately, in 2008 the anti-depressant ceased to be effective,… Read More

Green Hills doctor’s efforts get Medicare nod for new therapy

Move could open door to private insurers A Green Hills doctor’s impassioned but unlikely lobbying effort has paid off with the nation’s largest public health insurer: Medicare. As a result, Middle Tennessee psychiatrists, as of Dec. 1, are among the first in the nation to receive Medicare reimbursement for an expensive new treatment for depression,… Read More

Nashville Psychiatrist Sees Success with NeuroStar

W. Scott West, MD, was a pioneer in April 2010. That’s when the Nashville psychiatrist was the first in Tennessee to offer NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy® for the treatment of depression. More than a year later, his decision has been proven sound. West has provided more than 300 NeuroStar sessions. While all of his… Read More

2011 Health Care Heroes

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU ON THE JOB? Watching a group of people come together as a team to meet the needs of a patient is a positive memory I have seen in many contexts. IF YOU HAD TO WORK ANOTHER JOB IN HEALTH CARE, WHAT WOULD IT BE… Read More

Executive Profile: Dr. W. Scott West

On why it makes sense to go with your gut, his love for the rural life of a Montana cowboy and why all roads lead to a backyard barbecue. Dr. Scott West, a Nashville psychiatrist for nearly 25 years, is one of five doctors with Associated Psychiatrists of Nashville. He is also medical director of… Read More

Pioneering Treatment of Depression Through Magnetic Therapy

There’s a new option for patients whose depression is not alleviated by antidepressant medication and Dr. Scott West is proud to offer the FDA-cleared treatment to Nashville and Tennessee. Called NeuroStar TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy® , the non-invasive therapy has been demonstrated to be effective and safe according to clinical studies. Depression impacts more than… Read More

WRFN NAMI Radio Hour Interview with Dr. Scott West

Dr. Scott West and Jeff Fladen, NAMI Executive Director, as Dr. West gives a live radio interview on WRFN NAMI Radio Hour. The NAMI Radio Hour features conversations with guests weekly exploring the topic of mental illness and recovery. The show is live Wednesdays at 10 AM CST on or podcast on PodOmatic. 107.1... Read More