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TMS and ECT

31

August

How Does TMS Compare to Electroshock Therapy?

One Way or Another

When treating major depressive disorder, or MDD, your doctor and/or psychiatrist will typically advise a regimen of therapy and possibly medication.  Unfortunately, serious depression can sometimes prove resistant to treatment.  When medications and therapy aren’t enough, you might have other options depending on the problem and what the therapy is approved for.  Two that we want to compare today are transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

Developing Therapies

Both TMS and ECT are brain stimulation therapies, which stimulate areas of the brain with electric currents or via

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Does TMS hurt?

31

August

Does TMS Hurt? Questions About Side Effects

Your Concerns, Addressed

We get a lot of questions about transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy (TMS) and what the procedure feels like.  We get why—it can seem intimidating, even scary.  We also get questions about the side effects of TMS.  We’ve got answers, and we’d like to go over them today.

How TMS Is Done

The TMS treatment procedure is easy and simple.  One session of rTMS, or repetitive TMS, is usually given 5 days out of each week for 4-6 weeks.

When receiving TMS, you’ll sit down in a chair.  There is no sedation

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03

August

Eating Disorders Part 2: How to Spot One and How to Help

In Plain Sight

Eating disorders aren’t always obvious.  You could know someone with an eating disorder and never see it.  They could be your friend, classmate, even your partner or child.  How do you recognize signs of an eating disorder, how do you approach the person, and how do you help in a way that’s effective?  We’ve got some counsel to share.

A Secret Pain

Eating disorders are often held secret and involve a large amount of shame.  The person may not even feel able to admit to having a problem or seek

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26

July

Eating Disorders and Depression

Undercover Agony

Eating disorders are some of the most insidious mental illnesses out there.  They affect millions of adults and children and have a high rate of harm associated with them.  Most people diagnosed with an eating disorder are women and girls, but this is not necessarily because they are more common among females.  The medical community theorizes that eating disorders are enormously under-diagnosed in men and boys.  We hope that advances in treatment and social development will reduce stigma and empower more people of all genders to get professional treatment.

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26

July

TMS Therapy and the Frontal Cortex

The Front of Your Mind

The frontal cortex is the largest portion of the brain and contains some of the most influential areas when it comes to mood, emotional regulation, sensory processing, etc.  As you might guess, the frontal cortex of the brain is located in the forepart of the brain, behind your forehead.  While it is important to remember that the brain interacts with itself across the different regions, it is mainly the frontal cortex that makes us who we are as people.

What are some different functions of the frontal

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26

July

Executive Dysfunction: What It Is and How to Beat It

Drawing a Blank

Sometimes it’s just hard to do things, period.  It happens to all of us.  We know what we need to do, but getting a solid start seems impossible.  For some it’s not just procrastination, tiredness, or a lack of self-discipline.  Some of the most brilliant, hardworking people in the world suffer from a seemingly insurmountable lack of get-up-and-go sometimes.

Executive dysfunction can be an irritating thing you deal with now and then, or it can be a life-disrupting problem.  Executive dysfunction can also be symptom of something else, such

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26

July

Menopause and Depression

What’s Happening to Me?

The process of menopause is a time when the female body undergoes serious physiological changes resulting in the end of the person’s menstrual cycle.  Menopause is also a time when many people experience significant life changes as well.  Empty nests, a career change, going back to the job market, aging parents, death, and more.  According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), women with a history of depression are up to 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) during menopause.

Menopausal people

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26

June

Psychiatry After Quarantine

Returning to the Public

As some businesses and institutions reopen, the big question on our minds right now is, what’s next?  More specifically for our purposes, what will the psychological consequences of quarantine be, and what will we be seeing more of now and later?

The Lancet analyzed thousands of papers, refined their selection to twenty-four publications, and published their findings on the psychological effects of the pandemic and quarantine.  We concur with these findings and would like to summarize some of them today.

Some Silver Linings

Many of the adjustments we’ve made to

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21

June

The Latest News on TMS

The Current Status of TMS

In the United States, transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy (TMS) is approved by insurance carriers to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), but we have hope that it will soon be extended to cover other mental illnesses. We’ve said before that the research is promising, but what exactly is going on with TMS studies lately? Read on to find out.

Communications Biology

An article published in late 2019 on Nature.com’s Communications Biology section details how a group of scientists are using noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques to further neuroscience research.

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15

June

What Parts of the Brain Does TMS Treat?

Yes, We Are Open!

Rochester Holistic Psychiatry is now open for onsite transcranial magnetic therapy.  Check out parts one and two of our blogs on our procedures for offering safe TMS services.

TMS therapy is practiced on the areas of the brain correlated with emotion, sensory processing, and mood regulation.  We’ve covered before what happens during a TMS treatment, but what parts of the brain does TMS work on?

Realms of the Mind

According to Dr. Sarina Iwabuchi of the University of Nottingham, regarding her and her team’s research on TMS, “We found that

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