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Five Ways to Manage Holiday Stress

There’s a lot to love about the brightness and celebration of the holiday season. But many of us struggle to feel connected and present, especially when everyone us around seems to be so happy and full of cheer.

Greenbrook TMS Patient Journeys: Sophia

"Over the years, I saw different psychiatrists and therapists, and over the years I’ve tried 52 different medications. I felt like I was spending my life at the pharmacy."

How to Talk About Suicide

Suicide is preventable. Saving a life starts with knowing the warning signs and having a conversation. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP), mental illness is one of the biggest risk factors for suicide, and over 50% of people who commit suicide suffer from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

Greenbrook TMS Care Team Spotlight: A Conversation with Dr. Misty Borst

"The statistics are quite compelling. When you look at the success rates once a patient has tried a certain number of medications, TMS Therapy is statistically a far better option for many depressed patients. In addition, TMS is personalized for each patient and as a treatment modality, it has such low side effects. When it comes to psychiatry, anything that is new and can help our patients, any psychiatrist should be interested in that."

5 Common Misconceptions About Depression

We’ve all heard the common health-related misconceptions or myths-- chocolate causes acne, carrots will improve your night vision, and cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis. Subscribing to these particular myths is relatively harmless, but other health-related misconceptions can have far more serious consequences. This is the case for depression—the myths surrounding it can prevent people from getting the help they need.

Prenatal Depression: Not “Just Pregnant”

Glowing, happy, radiant— pregnancy is “supposed to be” a cherished and special time in a soon-to-be mother’s life. But for those who develop depression during their pregnancy, this prenatal period can be starkly different from the fairytale experience they’d imagined. Unfortunately for some pregnant women, accessing the mental health treatment they need can prove very difficult.

Greenbrook TMS Care Team Spotlight: A Conversation with Dr. Will Sauvé

"Usually in my pre-assessment with patients, I’ll look them in the eye and tell them “Your work is done. We’ll take it from here.” We know how to fill out the forms, we know how to make the phone calls— all you need to do is show up for treatment and we’ll do the rest."

Is It Depression or Just a Bad Week?

Sometimes depression isn’t obvious, and when you see someone every single day it can be hard to notice gradual changes in their behavior and mood. But these small changes can be signs that your spouse or family member is struggling with depression and needs help, even if they don’t want to reach out for it. Here are 8 signs that you should be on the lookout for:

Summertime Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs during a specific season. Most people with SAD experience it during the fall and winter; it`s believed that the shorter days and lack of sunlight during these months lead to the changes in circadian rhythm which cause SAD. However, an estimated 10% of those with SAD experience difficulty in the spring and summer.

“Why Don`t you Just Man Up?”: Men`s Mental Health

NBA player Kevin Love`s words from an essay on his struggles with anxiety attacks and mental health resonate with many. From athletes and actors to members of Britain`s Royal Family, men’s mental health is emerging into the global conversation. Professional athletic organizations such as the NFL have also recognized that the mental health of players is just as important as physical health. Despite these efforts, men continue to struggle with their mental health.

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