TMS Patient Featured in Good Housekeeping

The March issue of Good Housekeeping features Ms. Carmen Burton who suffered with postpartum depression following the birth of her son.  She had previously struggled with depression beginning at age sixteen.  Following an unsuccessful experience with a variety of prescribed antidepressants she began TMS treatment and felt results within two weeks.  She is now enjoying her role as a new mother and is free of depressive symptoms.  Be sure to get a copy of GH and read about her story!

Major Depression Resource Center

For a very informative review of the latest developments in the treatment of depression and advice on how to cope with depression go to everydayhealth.com, search depression and see Major Depression Resource Center and click.

Brain Stimulation Benefits Patients with Intractable Psychiatric Disorders

In the Fall 2012 Psychiatry Update of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, transcranial magnetic stimulation is described among other brain stimulation techniques.  The description is as follows; ” This treatment applies magnetic pulses to targeted areas of the brain. It can feel like a mild tapping or cause tingling sensations. TMS does not require sedation or anasthesia and does not cause confusion or memory loss ( as is the case with other techniques such as electroconvulsive therapy, i.e.,ECT ). TMS is being offered for the treatment of depression, schizophrenia, and apathy, and is being evaluated for other conditions as well.  Specialists in the Program are identifying new TMS treatment targets and are using imaging to guide the localization of TMS.  In addition, a new clinical trial evaluating this therapy for use in patients with apathy related to Alzheimer’s disease will open at BWH in early 2013.”

Everyday Health showcases a video of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

See a video of TMS treatment being performed on a 70 year old patient, Keith at the following link http://bcove.me/zjhbqxhj

TMS and sleep

A study published in the journal Psychiatric Research examines the relationship between TMS treatment and sleep.  The study of 301 patients at 23 different sites demonstrated TMS’s effectiveness in alleviating depression but revealed no differences in rates of insomnia or sleepiness among those who got actual and placebo therapy.  Sleep problems are a common side effect of major antidepressants: some drugs sedate patients while others stimulate them and increase insomnia. The good news is that TMS does not contribute to insomnia or oversleeping.

For further reading go to http://news.georgiahealth.edu/archives/6883?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=fee

Antidepressants: Risk vs Benefit in Depression

Research article in www.psychiatrictimes.com that compares risk to benefit in adult and adolescent populations including increase or decrease in suicidality.  Interesting results.  TMS treatment produces none of these risks

Insurance Reimbursement for TMS

We recently learned that a TMS patient of ours received a 40% reimbursement from their insurance carrier, Aetna!  Other claims are being processed as we speak.  Let’s hope that other companies recognize the value and efficacy of TMS treatment and follow suit.  Stay tuned…

Rachel Maddow and Depression

In the most recent issue of Rollong Stone magazine news analyst Rachel Maddow talks about her struggle with depression.  This represents yet another reminder that this disease does not discriminate and when people openly discuss their experiences we can all benefit by understanding what used to be kept a secret.