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November

TMS and Addiction: Neuromodulation for Substance Abuse 

TMS and Addiction: Neuromodulation for Substance Abuse 

Addiction/substance abuse and depression walk hand in hand. Many times, it’s impossible to tell which came first, but that point can be moot, as the two quickly mesh. Substance abuse and depression make each other stronger; a pair of destructive best friends. Today, we’re going to take a look at how brain stimulation can be used as a form of neuromodulation to help patients fight substance abuse and achieve remission for depression. We’ll use “addiction” and “substance abuse” interchangeably. 

But first, why

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09

November

 Depression and Traumatic Brain Injuries 

 Depression and Traumatic Brain Injuries 

The brain is just another organ in the body, and when it is injured, it affects the function. Just like when a pulled neck muscle causes pain and difficulty turning your head, injuries to the brain will affect how the body and mind function by themselves and with each other. 

Today, we want to take a look at the effect injuries to the brain may have on the development of depressive disorders. Specifically, a traumatic brain injury, a TBI. According to information cited by

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23

October

 Beyond Type 2: The Other Types of Bipolar Disorder

 Beyond Type 2: The Other Types of Bipolar Disorder 

In recent articles, we covered bipolar types 1 and 2, as well as TMS for bipolar disorder, resources, its relation to manic depression, etc. Bipolar disorder is tricky enough as it is, but there are patients with characteristics and symptoms that do not fit into types 1 or 2 and need their own designation to better identify and treat. 

Research is ongoing, but the following are the general types we’ve identified as being on the spectrum of bipolar disorder. 

Unspecified

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09

September

 What Depression is Not, Part 3

 Things That Depression Is Not: Part 3 

Depression is not just a mental health issue, but a physical health issue too. This is the third blog on our series on what depression is not. When we say “depression” in this blog, we are using it as an umbrella term for multiple depressive disorders. When we are referring to major depressive disorder, it’ll be abbreviated as MDD. 

Depression and poor health walk hand in hand. Someone can be in perfect health and still have depression. Overall, though, there are distinct

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 What Depression is Not, Part 2 

09

September

 What Depression is Not, Part 2 

 What Depression is Not, Part 2 

There are many myths about depression floating around out there, and part of our job every day at Rochester Holistic Psychiatry is to help dispel those myths to help people better understand themselves, their situation, and their options. One of the biggest myths we come across is that depression is just one thing, a mental disorder characterized by symptoms like sadness, withdrawal, and problems focusing on tasks. 

We offer psychiatric health services to patients with a variety of physiological issues, from major depressive

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04

September

Depression and the Gut Microbiome

 Depression and the Gut Microbiome 

We don’t usually think of our guts as things that talk—at least not coherently. They sort of hang out in the background, doing their work, going through their cycles, and gurgling sometimes. But a fascinating area of study is concerned with exploring possible links between the gut microbiome and mental health. It turns out that the gut microbiome and the brain talk with each other. They send directions, feedback, and status updates to detect problems and direct the body on what to do next. 

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23

August

 Characteristics of the Depressed Brain

 Characteristics of the Depressed Brain 

We can see how depression affects a sufferer’s life in so many ways. People report feeling hopeless, tired, irritable, and ashamed. We also know that the brain is just another organ in the body, an intricate network of tissues that interacts with itself and the other parts of the body to drive our actions and decisions. Each human ever born has had their own unique chemistry. We also know that illness can have a profound effect on the structure, sometimes even the appearance, of

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17

August

 What Depression Is and Is Not

 What Depression Is and Is Not 

Rochester Holistic Psychiatry treats many people with depressive disorders, particularly major depressive disorder, or MDD. Today, we’ll refer to “depression” as a blanket term for depressive disorders. 

Depression is not just sadness. Sadness is a classic symptom of depression—feeling “blue,” or “down.” But there are so many other aspects of depressive disorders. Depression is a blend of emotions, and everyone has their own mix. 

Depression isn’t always visible. Someone may do their job just as well as usual or put on a good

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10

August

 How to Get Better Exercise with Depression 

 How to Get Better Exercise with Depression 

A 2017 study published by the American Journal of Psychiatry associates taking up regular exercise, regardless of intensity, was connected with reduced occurrence of depression. Studies continue, but the data suggests that about 12% of depression cases could be curbed with at least an hour of exercise every week. 

We all know that exercise is good for us, but every day, people encounter blocks to a healthy exercise regimen. Difficulties with scheduling and lack of guidance, for instance. Depression is a common

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10

August

 OCD Treatment Options 

 OCD Treatment Options 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition affecting thousands across the United States and unknown millions worldwide. It can be a daily struggle, and for some it’s debilitating. OCD involves anxiety, compulsive behaviors (like rituals), circular thinking, obsessions, and a lacking sense of reward. Physical symptoms like headaches, insomnia, and disordered eating often follow. OCD has a cumulative negative effect on one’s employment, relationships, and inner life. 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is more than just an inconvenience. People with OCD deserve a better quality of life, and there are

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