Depression and TMS Diaries of Milwaukee

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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When medications don’t work

Posted on April 30, 2019

With about 14 million Americans suffering from depression, it is estimated that about 4 million are not benefiting from their medication management and other conventional treatment methods. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. TMS is a non-invasive FDA approved procedure that delivers targeted treatment directly to … Continue reading >

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Recognizing depression and getting help

Posted on April 29, 2019

Helen M. Farrell talks about depression and what it is: Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world. In the US, close to 10% of adults suffer from this. But, since it is a mental illness, it can be harder to understand say compared to high blood pressure. A big source of confusion … Continue reading >

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Man who survived jump from Golden Gate Bridge shares his story

Posted on April 28, 2019

Kevin: At the age of 17, I developed bipolar disorder, a very severe it nearly cost me my life and nearly destroyed my family. My parents are getting divorced at the time [of my suicide attempt]. I believed that I was the only one under that cloud. That was so far from the truth, so … Continue reading >

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TMS makes the news again!

Posted on April 28, 2019

Major depression affects over 14 million Americans. It is the leading cause if disability. This treatment works by generating magnetic pulses (the same types used in MRI machines) over the prefrontal cortex which regulates mood. This generates a gentle electric current. One of the ways it exerts therapeutic effects is by promoting release of neurotransmitters … Continue reading >

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Is TMS covered by insurance?

Posted on April 26, 2019

            Yes! The vast majority of insurances now cover for TMS. Why? TMS has undergone extensive research and FDA approval. This means there is a robust collection of medical literature supporting the effectiveness of TMS. In addition, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) does extensive literature reviews of treatment modalities for … Continue reading >

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FAQs about transcranial magnetic stimulation

Posted on April 25, 2019

Here are some great answers from Dr. Robert McMullen with further input below from our practice about these commonly asked questions. What is the success rate? 01:50 – 02:37 It can vary widely from 1/3 patients experiencing full relief to 80% of patients. This depends on a multitude of factors including how treatment resistant the … Continue reading >

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What is depression and who do I call?

Posted on April 24, 2019

Depression is more than just a depressed mood but a collection of symptoms. They include oversleeping or insomnia (especially waking up too early in the morning), fatigue. Some experience what is called anhedonia. It can manifest like not having the motivation to socialize and failure to enjoy things that a person used to enjoy. Appetite … Continue reading >

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First FDA cleared transcranial magnetic stimulation for OCD!

Posted on April 23, 2019

We offer treatment for OCD. Now announcing the first practice and currently ONLY practice in the entire state of Wisconsin that offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment FDA cleared for OCD! Cathy: I was coming out a very abusive marriage where I basically was living in a circular conversation. In social situations I just–I wasn’t … Continue reading >

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