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December

Studying TMS for Autism

Studying TMS for Autism

 

A World of Questions

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder.  The “spectrum” part of the name is there because of the wide range of ways it shows itself.  Autism can manifest in a different way with each person and there is little we understand about it and even less that we can put down as solid fact.  Some people with autism learn social and vocal cues with difficulty while others are nonverbal.  Some people with autism suffer terrible gastrointestinal problems and others have sensory tics. 

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December

Neurotransmitters #6: GABA

Neurotransmitters #6: GABA

 

Chemical Inhibitions

Today we’re talking about GABA, another in our series of neurotransmitters.  Neurotransmitters are chemical mixes that the brain uses as messages to communicate with itself.  Different areas of the brain shoot neurotransmitters back and forth to regulate everything from mood to appetite to muscle control to attention span.  GABA stands for gamma-Aminobutyric acid.

What Does GABA Do?

GABA functions as an inhibitor for the central nervous system (CNS).  It attaches to the neurotransmitter receptors on nerve cells and prevents them from sending or receiving messages for as long as

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November

Personality Disorders Part 2: Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)

Personality Disorders Part 2: Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)

 

What is ASPD?

Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) is a mental condition in which, like other personality disorders, someone has aberrant thought patterns that alter their behavior and wellbeing.

ASPD often proves highly detrimental to the life of the sufferer as well as those around them.  This is because “antisocial” in this context does not mean someone who just doesn’t like people and withdraws to avoid them.  People with ASPD are essentially drawn to problematic behavior, sometimes to the point that they cannot hold a job

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12

November

TMS and Medication

TMS and Medication

 

Helping Together

Today, we want to talk about TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and how it interacts with antidepressant medications.

One big difference between how TMS affects patients and how antidepressants affects patients is that antidepressant medications manipulate the chemicals of the brain.  TMS influences the electrical pathways in the brain, or the traffic between neurons.

For some patients, the two methods of treatment can complement each other well, and combining methods of treatment is common.  Any mental health treatment regimen may be combined with talk therapy, behavioral therapy, social support, and

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10

November

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in Caregivers

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in Caregivers

 

A Growing Need for Care

According to the Mayo Clinic, as the population ages, more caregiving is provided by people who are informal caregivers.  This does not denote the importance of their work; it refers to people who are not healthcare professionals.

Currently, this number is already 1 in 3 adults in the United States, and that only refers to those who are informal caregivers to adults.  Being a caregiver can be temporary, such as attending to a spouse who has the flu, or indefinite, such as

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October

Stress, Depression, and Divorce

Stress, Depression, and Divorce  

Mixed Feelings 

Rochester Holistic Psychiatry encounters many patients that have gone through a divorce, are  currently divorcing, or are on the verge of divorce. Even if the split is not a hostile one, divorce can be  intensely stressful on all parties. Each person will have their own cocktail of emotions. When the stress  of a divorce is comorbid with a mental disorder, the effects can hit so much harder and make the  situation that much worse.  

Talk About It 

Unfortunately, there is a social stigma attached to a strained marriage

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October

Neurotransmitter #4: Norepinephrine  

Neurotransmitter #4: Norepinephrine  

The Brain’s Messengers 

This post is number 4 of our series on neurotransmitters. We continue to explore the nature of these  fascinating substances and how our brain uses them to guide our bodies and minds. We also learn  about how imbalanced and misdirected neurotransmitters can make life painful, and what can be done  to help. Today, we’re looking at norepinephrine.  

What is Norepinephrine?  

Norepinephrine is a chemical signal made in the adrenal medulla, a portion of the adrenal glands.  Norepinephrine has a sibling, epinephrine, that also goes by the name adrenaline

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08

October

OCPD: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder 

OCPD: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder 

A Shared Obsession 

Rochester Holistic Psychiatry sees many patients with OCPD or OCD. There is an important  difference between the two, and we’ll be touching on it today. Both are inhibiting to a happy,  productive life, which OCPD and OCD patients want badly.  

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes  OCPD as “Anankastic Personality Disorder.” “Anankastic” is taken from the Greek “anankastikos,” an  obsessive neurosis or compulsion.  

OCPD is gauged at affecting around 2.1 to 7.9% of the population, according to Dr. Mark  Zimmerman, MD, of

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September

TMS for Alzheimer’s Patients with Depression

TMS for Alzheimer’s Patients with Depression 

The Need for Research 

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America defines dementia as, “A general term that describes a  group of symptoms such as loss of memory, judgment, language, complex motor skills, and other  intellectual functions caused by the permanent damage or death of the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons.”  They go on to estimate that in 2010, there were about 35.6 million people in the world living with  dementia. No one knows how many caregivers and loved ones are affected by their friend’s dementia,  but we

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14

September

MDD and Body Dysmorphia (BDD) 

The Only Thing Ugly is Pain 

What is body dysmorphic disorder? The Anxiety and Depression Association of America defines  BDD as “A body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an  imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance.”  

We want to spend some time talking about this painful condition, as it does not receive enough  attention and many who need help do not get it. We’ll use BDD as our general term today, though  many suffer from body dysmorphia that is not diagnosed as BDD.  

It’s not just disliking your body. Most

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