SNTC Staff

November 25, 2020

New Virtual ECT Support Group

A new virtual ECT Support Group is available starting November 12th, 2020. The group will meet every Thursday evening from 6:30pm to 8pm and is open to anyone who has received ECT or is considering ECT. This is not limited to SeattleNTC or Swedish patients only. However, family members and observers are not permitted. Laurie Maxwell, a NAMI-trained facilitator, will be leading the group. Julie Paladin and Megan Clark will be working with her as support facilitators. Participants will need to register for each session they are going to attend. Please follow this link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtfuGvqjwuHNfoLdy7RLzVnVq8SY7wRdYq      
November 11, 2020

COVID-19 & Flu Season

Valued patients – It’s flu season! We continue to work diligently to ensure that SeattleNTC remains a safe place to receive essential healthcare. As public health recommendations continue to evolve, particularly for medical settings, please note the following additional policies: patients or staff exhibiting the symptoms associated with COVID-19 are required to get tested for COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please stay home. If you are unsure, please call our office prior to coming in person. We continue to screen patient and staff temperatures prior to entry to the clinic. We will need to send […]
November 8, 2017

Introducing: Dr. Jesse Adams and New Saturday Clinics

“I chose University of Washington  and Seattle Children’s Hospital not just due to their sterling clinical reputation, but because this is my home and my community, and I wanted to practice here.” A Seattle-area native, Dr. Jesse Adams grew up in University Place and Port Orchard, attending the University of Washington for undergraduate and medical school. He completed his adult psychiatry training at San Mateo County in California and his Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Neurology fellowship at Stanford University. After spending five years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Adams found his way back home to the Pacific Northwest for […]
November 4, 2016

Myths and Mental Illness: Week 4

The following guest article from Swedish Health Services/Providence Health & Services is the fourth in a series debunking myths about mental illness that will be featured here on the SeattleNTC blog. Myth #4: Children are too young to develop mental illness From inconsolable preschoolers to moody teenagers, how do you know if it’s just a phase or a symptom of mental illness? “The difficult thing for parents is identifying what is a normal part of growing up, and what needs intervention,” said Dr. Joyce Gilbert, medical director of the Sexual Assault Clinic and Child Maltreatment Center at Providence St. Peter […]
October 28, 2016

Myths and Mental Illness: Week 3

The following guest article from Swedish Health Services/Providence Health & Services is the third in a series debunking myths about mental illness that will be featured here on the SeattleNTC blog. Myth #3: Mental illness often leads to violent and dangerous behavior When news of a shocking incident such as a mass shooting first reaches us on TV, it’s likely that we’ll hear the words “mental illness” as the media speculates why it happened. But less than five percent of violence in the United States is caused by people with mental illnesses. The truth is, a mentally ill person is […]
October 19, 2016

Myths and Mental Illness: Week 2

The following guest article from Swedish Health Services/Providence Health & Services is the second in a series debunking myths about mental illness that will be featured here on the SeattleNTC blog. Myth #2: You can just “snap out of it” We wouldn’t expect a person with a broken leg or diabetes to just” snap out of it,” and in the same way we shouldn’t expect a person to think their way out of a mental illness. “This misunderstanding is harmful because it creates unreasonable expectations and unnecessary suffering for people who have mental illness,” said Robin Henderson, PsyD, chief executive […]
October 7, 2016

Myths and Mental Illness: Week 1

The following guest article from Swedish Health Services/Providence Health & Services is the first in a series debunking myths about mental illness that will be featured here on the SeattleNTC blog.  Myth #1: Mental illness only affects certain types of people Each year, almost 1 in 5 Americans experience mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. More than half won’t be treated due to stigma, lack of access to services or lack of knowledge about help that is available. As part of our commitment to improving the lives of people with mental illness, we’re launching a series […]
September 13, 2016

When Symptoms Return

By Joshua Bess, M.D. Patients who have been treated for depression with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) or Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) can sometimes go the rest of their lives without needing to undergo additional TMS or ECT treatment. But these patients are the exception, not the rule. Most patients who have undergone acute treatment with TMS or ECT will experience a return of symptoms at some point. It may be a year after treatment, or it may be longer. Each person is different. But relapse at some point is more likely than not. Therefore, it’s important for all patients who undergo […]
July 14, 2016

TMS for Depression during Pregnancy and Postpartum

By Suzanne Kerns, M.D. Women who suffer from depression during pregnancy or in the postpartum period might not seek treatment if they assume medication is the only treatment option available to them. Although concerns about taking medication while pregnant or breastfeeding are understandable, untreated depression can also be very dangerous. Women who want to avoid or limit the use of antidepressants may consider Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a safe and effective treatment option. Approved by the FDA in 2008 for treating depression, TMS works by delivering electromagnetic pulses to specific areas of the brain that regulate mood. A standard […]