Did you know that mental illness, and depression in particular, can make it harder to get life insurance? In some cases, you may be unable to get insurance at all. In a recent article “How to Get Life Insurance With Depression” on Lendedu.com, author Jeff Gitlen notes that despite a history of depression, you can still get coverage—you just need to shop around for the right policy and be prepared to provide details on your medical history.
In a December 26th article appearing in Big Think, author Stephen Johnson writes about seven symptoms believed to play the role of a "bridge" between Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and social anxiety disorder. The new research shows that the symptoms of one disorder can bridge the two conditions and cause the second illness.
Topics: Depression and Anxiety
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is an illness affecting many Americans. Approximately half the time depression is associated with SAD. According to Psychology Today, "Seasonal affective disorder is estimated to affect 10 million Americans. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD...many people with SAD report at least one close relative with a psychiatric disorder, most frequently a severe depressive disorder (55 percent) or alcohol abuse (34 percent).”
One of this week’s reading assignments for our resident doing a clinical TMS rotation through our Spokane clinic was an article published earlier this year by Dr. Debra Kim. Coincidentally, Dr. Kim gave our Clinical TMS Society grand rounds tonight on treating pregnant women with TMS. In 2010, Dr. Kim published one of the first articles using TMS with pregnant women. She stated that many women with depression did not want to take medicine while pregnant. She described an open label study where 10 women were treated with right sided 1 Hz stimulation for 20 sessions with 300 pulses per treatment. She reported a 70% response rate with a 50% reduction in HAM-D scale. Mothers and babies were fine.
Topics: TMS Treatment During Pregnanccy
The team at TMS Solutions Spokane is pleased to welcome Dr. Meaghan Sprague as the first 4th year psychiatry resident in the Psychiatry Residency Spokane program to combine a TMS component with her ECT rotation.
Maybe it’s because of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but I have been thinking that psychiatry is like the scientist on the moon starring into the monolith buried there as they are about to make a second evolutionary jump in development. (If you’ve never read Arthur C. Clark’s book of the same name, it’s a must read and explains everything).