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19

May

Pros and Cons of ECT and TMS, Part 1

Pros and Cons of ECT and TMS, Part 1 

We get a lot of questions about how brain stimulation and neuromodulation work, and we celebrate  that. We want to make sure that our patients are informed at every step of the process, from the initial  call to treatment to follow-up. Always ask us anything you want to know. Today, we want to discuss  electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) versus transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). We’ve mentioned some  key differences, but the next thing is to talk about how those differences manifest.  

Always remember, your mileage

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19

May

TMS and Parkinson’s Disease 

TMS and Parkinson’s Disease 

We offer TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) as an FDA-approved treatment for MDD (major  depressive disorder), but studies are underway all the time to determine what else could be done with  TMS to help patients with a multitude of disorders. Parkinson’s disease is one of these disorders being  studied.  

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder. This means that it includes cell death in the brain  and/or spinal cord. Over time, this leads to problems with physical and mental function that manifest in  many different ways. Symptoms develop gradually, which

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19

May

Pros and Cons of ECT and TMS, Part 1

Pros and Cons of ECT and TMS, Part 1 

We get a lot of questions about how brain stimulation and neuromodulation work, and we celebrate  that. We want to make sure that our patients are informed at every step of the process, from the initial  call to treatment to follow-up. Always ask us anything you want to know. Today, we want to discuss  electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) versus transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). We’ve mentioned some  key differences, but the next thing is to talk about how those differences manifest.  

Always remember, your mileage

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19

May

Pros and Cons of ECT and TMS, Part 2 

Pros and Cons of ECT and TMS, Part 2 

Today, we’re continuing our discussion of the pros and cons of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and  transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). We’re often asked about the nature of brain stimulation and  neuromodulation, and what naturally follows is wanting to know about the pros and cons of ECT and  TMS. This is vital for the conversation about what will work best for the patient.  

Pros of ECT  

− ECT is currently approved to treat more conditions than TMS is. ECT be used effectively on  conditions like bipolar

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19

May

What is Bipolar Type 1?

What is Bipolar Type 1?  

We talked about general bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression) in a recent post, but we  need to narrow down the types of bipolar disorder and describe each of them. There are 4 kinds of  bipolar disorder. Some sources say there are 3 kinds, but research is progressing, and we want to be as  specific as we can to cover our bases.  

Today, we’d like to talk more about bipolar disorder, which we’ll call BD. In general, BD is characterized  by unpredictable periods of mania and

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17

May

What is Bipolar Type 1?

What is Bipolar Type 1?   

We talked about general bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression) in a recent post, but we  need to narrow down the types of bipolar disorder and describe each of them. There are 4 kinds of  bipolar disorder. Some sources say there are 3 kinds, but research is progressing, and we want to be as  specific as we can to cover our bases.  

Today, we’d like to talk more about bipolar disorder, which we’ll call BD. In general, BD is characterized  by unpredictable periods of

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10

April

How to Get More Energy When You Have Depression

How to Get More Energy When You Have Depression

We treat patients with MDD (major depressive disorder) and other depressive disorders at Rochester  Holistic Psychiatry every day. A common question we get is, how do I get more energy when I have  depression? It’s not surprising. After all, some of the common symptoms of depression are lethargy, lack  of energy, feeling tired, or having trouble with the executive function needed to get moving.  

Getting more energy isn’t just about feeling more alert. With the experiences and accomplishments that  come with it, feeling

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16

March

 What to Expect from a TMS Visit

 What to Expect from a TMS Visit 

TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) is still a fairly new treatment, and many people are unaware of its existence. We often get asked what people can expect from a TMS session. After all, a metal coil that dispenses electromagnetic pulses seems scary, like the harmful shock treatments of decades past. You can put your mind at ease in that regard, as TMS treatments are completely benign. Here is what you can expect in a TMS treatment session. 

For your treatment, you recline in a chair. We

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10

March

Why We Use NeuroStar Equipment for TMS 

 Why We Use NeuroStar Equipment for TMS 

TMS is a noninvasive brain stimulation treatment used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD). It is specifically used to treat MDD patients who have become medication resistant, i.e. the medication(s) they have taken are no longer effective, no medication they have tried is effective enough to continue, or they are unable to take antidepressant medications due to conditions like pregnancy or liver disease. 

Today, we want to show some reasons why we use NeuroStar TMS machines. NeuroStar has gone through the laborious process of testing

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01

March

TMS for Treating the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex 

 TMS for Treating the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex 

We often get questions about the biological ways TMS works and how it affects the body along with mood and sensory processing. After all, the brain is just another organ in the body, although an incredibly complex one that we still need decades of study to begin to understand. 

About the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex 

During the TMS treatment, the electromagnetic coil is run over the scalp, mostly in the front. This is done to target the portions of the brain that reside in that area. Why

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