Greenbrook's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Geoffrey Grammer, was recently on 92.5 WINC to discuss ways we can handle the stress of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the pandemic, so many of us are feeling anxious, scared, or isolated. Dr. Grammer discusses TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) therapy and how it can help you through some of those feelings. TMS is an FDA-cleared treatment to treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. TMS therapy delivers magnetic stimulation to the parts of the brain known to be underactive in people with depression.
Dr. Grammer provides a few insights into how society is handling this pandemic. He says that "The virus is something that we can't see or feel and that can make it difficult to identify the threat and react to that environmental threat ... There's a lot of uncertainty during this period. There is also the economic uncertainty, they do not know if their employment is going to change, for a lot of people their employment has changed. Adding to this it just creates this sense of uneasiness."
Dr. Grammer recognizes that anyone with pre-existing psychiatric symptoms may have symptoms worsen during this time and says that for those who haven't experienced psychiatric symptoms in the past, they may begin to experience them now. It is important that these people access mental health care to maintain their emotional and physical health. Dr. Grammer recommends that if you have a provider that you are seeing to continue to see that provider. If you do not have a provider, you can reach out to your primary care provider and make referrals as needed.
If Covid-19 and social isolation are heightening your symptoms of depression, Greenbrook TMS therapy may be able to help. At Greenbrook, we specialize in TMS therapy — an FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment for treatment-resistant depression and OCD without harmful side effects. See if TMS therapy is right for you by clicking here to take a brief assessment: