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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.
Depression in the Elderly
When depression manifests during the later years of a person’s life, it can be challenging to diagnose and treat for several reasons:
What Does Depression Feel Like?
A recent Facebook post about how it feels to live with depression has resonated with thousands because it has articulated that which can be so difficult to describe: how it feels to live with depression. The Facebook post, written by an anonymous user, begins with: "When you have depression it’s like it snows every day."
The Duality of Depression: High Functioning Depression Can be Difficult to Recognize
Can a depressed person be visually identified? Do people who suffer with depression manifest certain mannerisms, expressions or behaviors? Mainstream media has historically branded the face of depression as a person curled up in bed, sitting in a dark corner, crying themselves to sleep, or not having the energy to attend school or work. Depression does not always manifest in this overt classically characterized depiction. There are many people who struggle daily with depression, but their outward appearance and actions might not be so obvious.
Greenbrook Featured on WSLS 10 News
Greenbrook’s Medical Director of our Roanoke Center, Dr. Joseph Iskandar, was recently featured on WSLS 10 News for a segment on how Greenbrook TMS Therapy is bringing depression relief to Roanoke and the surrounding areas.
Why Don't People Seek Help for Depression?
Although depression is the major leading cause of disability worldwide according to the World Health Organization, the vast majority of people suffering from this condition never seek treatment. What keeps people from reaching out and getting help?
What Does TMS Therapy Feel Like?
We often get asked questions regarding what TMS Therapy feels like. Most patients have a comfortable experience throughout their TMS Therapy sessions. Sometimes a light tapping sensation to the scalp can be felt that eventually dissipates as the patient acclimates to treatment. For the few who experience discomfort, it often has to do with an individual’s anatomy and not their innate pain threshold. Discomfort can arise from inadvertent stimulation of a scalp or facial nerve.