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March

When Panic Attacks

Answering Our Patients’ Questions

When discussing their mental health with us, our patients sometimes report panic attacks as one of their symptoms.  What is a panic attack exactly, why do they happen, what happens during a panic attack, and what can be done during a panic attack to lessen the severity?  Are there actions that can lessen the occurrence of panic attacks?  Let’s talk about it.

What Is a Panic Attack?

According to the Mayo Clinic and other sources, the definition of a panic attack is “A sudden episode of intense fear, anxiety,

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17

February

Side Effects of TMS

Investigating Risks and Benefits

It’s always a good idea to be concerned about the side effects of any medical treatment.  At Rochester Holistic Psychiatry, we are committed to transparency and want to disclose the side effects, common and uncommon, of trans-cranial magnetic stimulation therapy.

If you have any questions about the side effects of TMS that are not covered here, please contact us.

Common Side Effects of TMS

Most TMS patients experience no side effects at all, but those who do report side effects within the list below:

Scalp discomfort. Reported by patients as a

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13

February

Factors That Contribute to Depression

Depression’s Friends

Depression is troubling and hard to live with on its own, but there are often accompanying events and habits that influence the depressive disorder’s characteristics and severity.  We want to detail a few to help encourage evaluation of one’s surroundings and experiences.

Bad Influences
Trauma

Trauma, especially unaddressed trauma, is a major depression factor and affects thousands.  Trauma can be anything from an accident, an assault, a death, etc.  Traumatic events can cause flashbacks, general anxiety, and stress.  Environmental triggers and anniversaries of the event can be particularly upsetting.

Poor Health

The brain contains

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06

February

TMS for Postpartum Depression

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is defined by The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) as “A mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth… that may make it difficult for them to complete daily care activities for themselves or others.”

Also called “baby blues,” postpartum depression manifests in different ways and is more common than reported, mainly because it’s hard to talk about.  New motherhood is often portrayed as a time of nothing but joy, despite the sleepless nights, the toll taken on the body by childbirth, and the life

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05

February

Is TMS for Me?

Weighing Your Options

Deciding on a treatment for a mental disorder can be difficult.  The nature of your illness or disorder may be hard to determine, or you might have limited resources, or you might have tried treatments that didn’t work, or made your problem worse.  Many mental disorders manifest as a combination of symptoms.

TMS is emerging as a treatment option for depression and may have positive effects on other illnesses, including anxiety and PTSD, but there are still more studies to be done before TMS becomes mainstream.  We want to

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13

January

TMS For Treatment of PTSD

On PTSD and Its Symptoms

PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is classified as an anxiety disorder according to the Mayo Clinic and the American Psychiatric Association. PTSD is intensely troubling, frightening, and hard to live with. PTSD typically stems from a traumatizing event or set of events, such as an accident, assault, natural disaster, war, or death. Sufferers may experience intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety about things associated with the event, and general anxiety. This makes the person experience the trauma over and over, which makes recovery a long, arduous process.

PTSD

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06

January

Depression in the Elderly: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Signs of Depression in Seniors

Signs of depression in the elderly are often the same signs that correlate with depression at any age.  Unfortunately, they can be hard to recognize as signs of depression for a variety of reasons, one being that many of these symptoms can be attributed to the natural processes of aging.  This leads to many suffering in silence and not receiving the help that would brighten their golden years.

Some senior depression indicators are:

Loss of interest in activities they enjoy, less interest in socializing, or general apathy.
A decline

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03

January

Resolutions for Better Mental Health in 2020

Here’s to 2020

A resolution can happen any time of year, but right now, when improving habits is at the front of our minds, we want to take this opportunity to outline some healthy changes you can make in 2020.  No matter your situation or level of ability, these tips will help you as you develop good habits.

Take Stock of Your Physical Health

Don’t forget, your brain is a body part, and our physical health is closely linked to our mental health.  Consider these factors:

Are you sleeping enough, or too much? Sleep

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27

December

Depression and Self-Care During the Holidays

Put the Me Back in Merry

The holidays are considered a time for celebration and togetherness, a time where we unite to share gifts, refreshments, and cheer.  This time of year can be especially difficult for those suffering from anxiety or depressive disorders.  You might feel isolated, stressed, and tired.  Give yourself the gift of self-love by following these tips for self-care during the holidays.

Take Time for Yourself

Even in the midst of the hustle and bustle, it’s important to make some time to get away from it all.  Even if it’s

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21

October

TMS Open House

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