Depression and TMS Diaries of Milwaukee

Reshape Brain Disorder Treatments

Posted on May 12, 2019

This site discusses how deep TMS is reshaping the treatment of brain disorders! Although Brainsway is known for their treatment options for depression and OCD, other disorders are very actively being explored. This company was chosen by the FDA to participate in the FDA Innovation Challenge: Devices to Prevent and Treat Opioid Use Disorder. There … Continue reading >

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“Under the depression helmet”

Posted on May 12, 2019

Link to original article above, just click on the picture or this link: The Atlantic has recently published a fascinating story, regarding Bre Hushaw who struggled with depression. She had tried 14 different medications. From age 15-20 years old, she felt suicidal and was self-harming. Bre recalls multiple hospitalizations. After a course of treatment, … Continue reading >

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Can a helmet treat depression better than medication?

Posted on May 10, 2019 Unfortunately, millions of Americans suffer from treatment resistant depression (TRD). In other words, they have experienced at least 2 failed trials of antidepressants. According to the Star*D data, by the time a patient enters their third round of an antidepressant trial, the remission rate at that step can be as low as 16%. However, … Continue reading >

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Lesser known symptoms of depression

Posted on May 9, 2019

Summarized are points from the clip above. Many of us are familiar that depression can be associated with sadness and apathy. But people are less familiar with other symptoms that can be linked with depression such as irritability, anger, overwhelming guilt, experiences of memory loss. So much yet is still not fully understood about depression, … Continue reading >

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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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