Depression Treatment For Veterans - VA Implements 40 TMS Therapy Devices Nationwide

Posted by TMS Solutions Staff on Mar 21, 2017 3:05:57 PM

“over 60 percent of our patients who have received the TMS Therapy® treatment have reported that their depression improved or disappeared.”

If you’ve watched the news, depression and its treatment is a big issue for returning veterans. In the four year period from 2006-2010. 2.1 million veterans received mental health treatment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, this according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. In a response to the remission results utilizing TMS Therapy among the civilian population, the VA announced it is rolling out 40 rTMS devices. 

In a March 9th piece on Fox News, reporter Terace Garnier wrote an article about how the “VA enlists help of electromagnetic head device to treat veterans battling depression”. Garnier stated that “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing a new option to help fight the disorder called Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or rTMS therapy. It’s a device that uses an electromagnet charged with electricity that is applied to specific points on the patient’s head. The powerful magnetic field can then affect the brain cells of the person suffering from depression.”

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Topics: Treating Depression for Vets

TMS Solutions Awarded "Top 30 Blog On The Planet For Depression"

Posted by TMS Solutions Staff on Feb 3, 2017 11:59:24 AM


We are proud to announce that on January 31, 2017 TMS Solutions was awarded the Top 30 Depression Blog from Feedspot.  The category is under The Best Depression Blogs On The Planet and TMS Solutions placed 18th in that Top 30.  Besides the "attaboys and high fives" around the office, we understand the bigger picture of continually pushing and creating relevant, educational content about depression.

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Topics: Depression, Teen and Adolescent Depression

30 Signs That Point To Depression

Posted by TMS Solutions Staff on Jan 20, 2017 1:14:31 PM

In a recent article in "The Mighty", entitled, "30 Things People Don't Realize You're Doing Because of Your Depression", staff writer Sarah Schuster points out that...

"Depression expresses itself in many different ways, some more obvious than others. While some people have a hard time getting out of bed, others might get to work just fine — it’s different for everyone."

Christopher Blackburn, Co-Founder and Patient Advocate at TMS Solutions, said, "everyday we speak with patients suffering from different symptoms associated with their depression.  It's important to understand that we are all different and all require specific needs during treatment and post treatment.  At TMS Solutions, we incorporate a post treatment therapy for patients who now have 'clarity,' 'energy,' 'drive and determination' - all things that in some cases have been absent for decades.  This system of coping and recognizing indicators is, I believe, imperative for patients post TMS.  TMS is an amazing technology that literally changes lives.  It's vital that we continue to educate the public and health care industry about the efficacy that is a result of TMS therapy."

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Topics: Depression

Depression Awareness In 2017

Posted by TMS Solutions Staff on Jan 4, 2017 3:09:34 PM


Don’t you wish you could start the New Year with a clean slate?

While we have a tendency to make resolutions to change behaviors and such, many around us will carry some of the old into the new year. I am speaking now of depression -- a heaviness and darkness that can create a dark place for many. While depression can be an issue any time of year, between the end of November and through the Christmas season depression seems to have a stronger effect on many of us. Why? Here are just some of the reasons:

  • Lack of fulfillment 
  • Unrealistic/ high expectations
  • Anger over the (excessive) commercialization of Christmas
  • Excessive focus on gift giving and getting
  • Excessive self-reflection on the inadequacies of life
  • Loneliness at Christmas due to loss of loved ones, or perhaps their job
  • Excessive stress, including financial stress that carries forward
  • Inability to be with one’s family and friends during this time of the year.

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Topics: Mental Health, Depression Awareness

Food Addiction and Depression

Is ‘weight gain’ or ‘weight loss-plateau’ seriously considered as a side effect by our doctors when prescribing antidepressant? Especially if we are food addicts that experience severe disturbances in our behavior around eating.

The goal of this blog is simply to address the limitation issue we are encountering when counseling food addiction patients with depression. We are specifically referring here to patients with addictive behavior towards food that makes them overweight or obese.

All our patients are highly compliant after increasing awareness about their case. At a certain point they are able to fully assume the responsibility of managing their lives independently, identifying the triggers and using protection factors when needed.

They are aware of their emotions, sensations, thoughts and know how to deal with them without concentrating everything towards food. The endpoint has always been an improvement in their quality-of-life parameters, including their weight...until depression sets in. In this case, patients are referred to a psychiatrist, ensuing in a huge limitation to the improvement process when antidepressant medications are prescribed, causing weight gain or a weight-loss plateau.

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Topics: Food and Depression

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