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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 radiofreenashville.org or podcast on PodOmatic. 107.1... Read More