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How does TMS work?

Posted on May 8, 2019

Dr. Daniel Barton explains TMS and it’s role in treating depression: TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It’s an FDA approved treatment for depression. It’s also being used to successfully treat issues such as OCD, PTSD, substance use disorders, and even developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder. How does TMS work? Our brains help … Continue reading >

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What ketamine actually does to the brain

Posted on May 7, 2019

Ketamine was first synthesized in the 1960s as an anesthetic, a sedative. It was useful in the rescue mission. Then in the 1980s, it became a popular club drug. It had nicknames like Special K and Cat Valium. Now, a form of ketamine, esketamine was approved by the FDA for antidepressant augmentation. So how does … Continue reading >

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Depression, all too often under-recognized, under-treated

Posted on May 6, 2019

Symptoms can include losing interest in your usual hobbies or activities. Some individuals describe it as feeling unmotivated to even do the most basic things. In extreme cases, depressed individuals can find it hard to even get out of bed. People can feel tired all the time but in today’s day and age, it can … Continue reading >

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A new era in treatment of brain disorders

Posted on May 5, 2019

One of the most common brain disorders in the United States is major depressive disorder (MDD). Dysfunctional electrical activity in the limbic system, which lies deep in the brain, is one of the factors involved in the development of depression as well as many other disorders. The mainstay of treatment for depression includes therapy, electroconvulsive … Continue reading >

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What causes depression?

Posted on May 4, 2019

With over 350 million people affected worldwide, depression is no doubt an incredibly real and serious issue. But, what exactly is going on inside of a depressed person? Is there a biological basis for these intense feelings of sadness? In the past, depression was often described as simply a “chemical imbalance” in the brain. Specifically … Continue reading >

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A good night’s sleep is so important

Posted on May 3, 2019

Sleep is not only important for our moods, but our overall health. Poor quality of sleep can worsen psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. Studies have also found that poor quality and quantity of sleep affect our hormones in ways that can lead to obesity. Blood pressure also typically falls during … Continue reading >

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Supporting a loved one with depression

Posted on May 2, 2019

Julia Kristina talks about supporting a loved one with depression. It’s not easy to support someone with depression nor is easy to experience depression. Many try to be supportive of their loved ones with the best of intentions but some of the things we do may not be the best approach. It’s not our fault, … Continue reading >

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What is the science behind deep TMS?

Posted on May 1, 2019

A magnetic coil is placed over the skull and generates an electromagnetic field over the left prefrontal cortex. This generates action potentials to activate brain cells and with repeated sessions is hypothesized to cause longer standing changes. By increasing activity in this area of the brain, which is under-active in depression, it is believed to … Continue reading >

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