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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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13

September

Major Types of Antidepressants

Finding the Balance

Medication is one of the many resources we use to treat major medical depression (MDD). Medication is often an integral part of a patient’s treatment regimen. Combined with other options like group therapy, one-on-one talk therapy, behavioral therapy, etc., mental health medication offers a better quality of life to thousands every day.

It can be tough and time-consuming to find the right meds. Sometimes the dosage needs adjusting or sometimes more than one prescription is necessary. Some medications are unsuitable for a patient because of other

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01

September

Psychology Versus Psychiatry

“Ology” or “Iatry?”

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?  How do the two professions overlap?  Do I need one or both?  These are questions we get often at Rochester Holistic Psychiatry.  The short answer is that psychologists and psychiatrists are an effective team to work together toward better mental health for patients.  There are differences and they also overlap.  Keep reading for the longer answer.

What Are the Differences Between Psychology and Psychiatry?

The prescription and management of medication is one of the key differences between the work of

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29

August

Is TMS For Me?

Important Questions, Important Answers

Pursuing a new medical regimen is always a decision that should be made with care and professional input.  How do you know if transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is right for you?  TMS is a very new treatment in the world of neuromodulation, being approved by the FDA as safe for the public in 2008.  Many studies are underway to increase the range of maladies TMS can help with, but the public at large still knows little about TMS.

Why People Use TMS

TMS is currently approved by major medical

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15

August

Neurotransmitters Part 2: Serotonin

The Mind’s Messengers

As a psychiatry clinic specializing in brain stimulation and neuromodulation, we are intimately familiar with how the brain communicates with itself and the tools it uses to do so.  Neurotransmitters are essential for this process.  We’ve looked at acetylcholine, now let’s look at serotonin.

What is Serotonin?

Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters that sends messages to and from different parts of the brain.  Think of it as a fast-moving chemical delivery service.  The name was coined by Maurice Rapport in 1948 as an easier way to say 5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT. 

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01

August

Brain Stimulation

What Is Brain Stimulation?

In a recent post, we discussed neuromodulation.  Today, we want to talk about brain stimulation, which is a bit like neuromodulation’s sibling.  The proper name is Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation, or NIBS.  One important difference between this and the neuromodulation techniques detailed before is the non-invasive aspect.  Brain stimulation treatments like TMS use electrodes or electromagnetic coils applied to the scalp that administer a weak current easily tolerated by the body.  No implants, no surgery.

A History of Brain Stimulation

Humanity has experimented with methods of brain stimulation via

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27

July

What is Neuromodulation

What is Neuromodulation and How Does It Work?

 

Treating the Physical Side of the Mind

Neuromodulation is a fascinating and rapidly evolving field of treatment for mental and physical illnesses.  Today, we’re going to scratch the surface of what neuromodulation is, how it is used, and touch on some types of neuromodulation.

What is Neuromodulation?

The International Neuromodulation Society defines therapeutic neuromodulation as “the alteration of nerve activity through targeted delivery of a stimulus, such as electrical stimulation or chemical agents, to specific neurological sites in the body.”  Neuromodulation began to gain ground as

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16

July

All About ADD

All About ADD 

 

Attention on the Deficit 

At Rochester Clinical Psychiatry, we help patients with a wide range of mental, physical, and physiological health conditions.  ADD is one we see often.  ADD has been known of and studied for a long time but has gone through several name changes, a lot of trial and error with treatment, and a lot of misunderstanding.

What is ADD?

ADD stands for attention deficit disorder.  It manifests pretty much how it sounds—a difficulty paying attention and focusing for very long.  Someone who has trouble concentrating might not have

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06

July

Neurotransmitter #1: Acetylcholine

Neurotransmitter #1: Acetylcholine

 

Introduction to Neurotransmitters

Rochester Holistic Psychiatry specializes in neuromodulation using transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, or TMS.  Today, we want to talk about neurotransmitters, which are the chemical messengers in the brain that respond to the TMS treatment to help improve brain function.  One of our most important neurotransmitters is acetylcholine.

What Is Acetylcholine?

Acetylcholine (ACh) is a chemical compound built from acetic acid and choline.  Acetylcholine is released by nerve cells to communicate with cells in our muscles, brains, and glands.  It is produced in humans and a wide variety of

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01

July

Major Depressive Disorder and Lupus

Major Depressive Disorder and Lupus

 

When the Body Fights Itself

What is lupus?  The proper name for lupus is systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE.  Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that is a chronic condition among sufferers.  Symptoms of the disease vary among patients, but it is essentially the immune system mistaking healthy cells for pathogens and lashing out at them.

Lupus affects the central nervous system, causing physical and psychological distress.  When lupus causes psychiatric symptoms that affect the sufferer’s quality of life, this is called neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus, or NPSLE.

Depression and

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