When asked why so many of his blog titles have a Bob Dylan reference, he smiles and said it is an inside joke as there have been 727 reference of Dylan’s work in biomedical literature since 1970. He attended his first Dylan concert in Atlanta in 1965 and he and his youngest have been attending all Dylan concerts in Colorado since 1990. Although he saw Dylan in Greensboro, N.C., while working on his Ph.D. in Clinical psychology. His time as a university professor at East Carolina University, his four years of medical at the University of North Carolina (recent NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions) And four years doing his residency and fellowship at the University of Virginia he had a hiatus. His interest in TMS preceded his interest in cooking on the professional BBQ circuit and he attended Alvero Pascual-Leone’s TMS course in 2006. Confirming Yogi Berra’s adage “Predictions are difficult, particularly involving the future,” Dr. Sammons anticipated TMS would be approved within months but was a little too anxious as it was two more years in 2008 when it received FDA approval. He has just returned from a wonderful week long course in Brain Stimulation with the Godfather of clinical TMS, Dr. Mark George.
Over the years I have developed a deep sense of appreciation for those teachers who have been instrumental in helping me gain the skill and training I needed in areas I love. It probably started with my football coach, John Day. It was certainly true with my mentor, Dr. Jack Turner, who took me from being a barely academically eligible student to being his “best.” This belief became cultural during my martial arts training as one’s Sensei is given great respect for the knowledge and skill passed from teacher to student could mean the difference between that person and their family living or dying in ancient times. Dr. Mark George and his colleague, Dr. Colleen Hanlon rose to that level during my recent immersion in Dr. George’s Brain Stimulation Course. Although I attended the course so I would be up to date with the fundamentals, mechanisms and use of TMS, the title lets you know it was not just about rTMS. The CME portion of the course was focused on TMS but the rest of the course focused on Brain Stimulation which involved the ever expanding world of neuromodulation. Like the journal where he is the editor, Brain Stimulation, we received lectures and hand on experience with other areas like theta burst, vagus nerve stimulation, deep brain stimulation and tDCS.
Topics: Brain Stimulation
April 17th is World Health Day -- This year the World Health Organization is highlighting Depression -- with the goal of inviting and encouraging people into better health.
- Depression is a common mental disorder.
- Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
- More women are affected by depression than men.
- At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.
- There are effective treatments for depression.
“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.”
Topics: Treating Depression for Vets
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.