Mental Health 2018: A Look Back

As 2018 is coming to a close, it’s been an important year for mental health awareness and treatment. Today we’re looking back at the top mental health headlines that Greenbrook TMS has brought you in 2018. 

FDA approves TMS Therapy for treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 
Greenbrook TMS now treats OCD with the BrainsWay H7 coil system. OCD is a condition which causes intrusive and recurring obsessions and/or compulsions that interfere with a person’s daily activities and quality of life. Over 2 million adults in the United States are diagnosed with OCD each year.  Conventional OCD treatments are only effective in about 50% of cases. Read more here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that suicide rates have risen 33% between 1997 and 2017. 
This statistic is rightfully alarming but has helped to open up the national dialogue on mental health, suicide, and how to help those that are struggling. Read more here.

More focus was brought to mental health in minority populations.
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, started by Academy Award nominated actress Taraji P. Henson in 2018, aims to promote mental health and reduce mental illness stigma among African Americans, who are 20% more likely to experience mental illness than the general American population. Read more here.

 The tragic losses of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade brought attention to high-functioning depression.
High-functioning depression is a colloquialism that refers to people who appear to be high-achieving –performing well at their workplaces, maintaining exercises regimens, and engaging in social activities—but beneath this veneer of success they struggle to get through their days. Read more here.


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended universal depression screening standards for children and teens ages 10-21.
This critical recommendation is aimed at identifying and helping the estimated 1 in every 5 teens that will experience a depressive episode. Along with these recommendations, Virginia and New York become first states to pass laws requiring mental health education in public schools. Read more here.

Professional and collegiate athletes started to open up about their struggles with mental health, from Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin to NBA players such as Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan. The stigma surrounding mental health can be especially difficult to overcome for both professional and student athletes, who are under intense pressure to appear strong and resilient. Read more here.

Greenbrook surpasses 200,000 TMS Therapy treatments provided to over 5,700 patients. We are so grateful to help patients and their families every single day, and we look forward to changing more lives in 2019!

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:

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