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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 […]
May 5, 2016

TMS versus ECT

By Joshua Bess, M.D. The first line of treatment for patients suffering from anxiety and depression is typically antidepressant medication and psychotherapy. If these treatments have not been as effective as hoped, it may be time to consider brain stimulation therapy. There are two kinds of brain stimulation technologies that are FDA-approved for depression. One is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and the other is Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). TMS and ECT are safe and effective treatment options for adults who have tried medication and psychotherapy for anxiety or depression without seeing good results. Both TMS and ECT work by stimulating specific […]
January 27, 2016

Seattle Office Relocation

We are excited to announce the location of our new Seattle Office! 805 Madison Street Suite 401 Seattle, WA 98104
February 9, 2015

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Potential in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia

by Jennifer Bolton and Serena Smith, TMS Clinicians at SeattleNTC Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for the deterioration of brain function. At age 60, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is 1 in every 100 people; this risk increases to 30-50 in every 100 people by the age 85.[1] Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the loss of memory, language, and judgment that noticeably interferes with occupational and social functioning. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease, however therapies do exist to combat symptoms. Though the exact mechanism is unknown, one such potential […]
January 29, 2015

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Tool for Long-Term Smoking Cessation

by Jennifer Bolton and Serena Smith, TMS Clinicians at SeattleNTC Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in developed countries[1]. Despite smokers frequently identifying tobacco use as harmful and expressing a desire to reduce or stop smoking, most smokers have difficulty abstaining. Eighty-five percent of those who attempt to quit smoking without assistance relapse, with the majority resuming use within one week of quitting. Numerous aids have been helpful in increasing immediate abstinence rates, but the long-term outcomes are still disappointing.  After 6 months, common aids, such as nicotine gum and bupropion (a prescription medication) result in abstinence rates […]
October 24, 2014

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Associative Memory Enhancement

by Jennifer Bolton and Serena Smith, TMS Clinicians at SeattleNTC Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive method of brain stimulation, has recently been shown to enhance neural pathways in the brain that are associated with memory function. In memory processing, superficial regions of the brain, such as the lateral-parietal cortex, connect to deeper memory control centers, such as the hippocampus. Because TMS can stimulate only the outer few centimeters of the human cortex, the lateral-parietal cortex has been identified as a target area over which TMS could be used to affect deeper brain structures or regions involved in memory. In a study by Wang […]
September 2, 2014

Brainsway Deep TMS

We have added a new TMS device at our Cherry Hill Office:  Brainsway Deep TMS.  Deep TMS (dTMS) is a new technology that produces significantly deeper cortical stimulation.  Brainsway Deep TMS is approved by the FDA for Major Depressive Disorder.  The FDA indication is based on a 16-week double-blind, placebo-controlled multi-center study, which enrolled over 200 subjects, showing a profound decline in the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS-21), a significant remission rate of 32.6% and an even higher response rate in treatment resistant patients.  Brainsway Deep TMS is currently being studied in over 60 clinical trials at leading institutions worldwide.  Approved clinical indications in […]
September 2, 2014

Welcome Suzanne Kerns, M.D.

We are pleased to introduce Suzanne Kerns, M.D., who joined  SeattleNTC in August 2014.   Dr. Kerns completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  She attended medical school at the University of Sydney, Australia, followed by psychiatry residency at Duke University.  Dr. Kerns subsequently completed a Fellowship in Brain Stimulation at Medical University of South Carolina under the guidance of Mark S. George MD, a founding father of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).  Special clinical interests include women’s mental health, post-traumatic stress disorders and addiction disorders—and especially the developing applications for brain stimulation in these areas.
June 23, 2014

Likelihood of Remission from Depression with Medications vs. TMS vs. ECT

Depression is now the leading cause of disability in the world (WHO, 2012), and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is increasingly recognized as an important treatment option by both clinicians and insurance companies As such, we are frequently asked about the relative effectiveness of medications vs. TMS vs. ECT for treatment-resistant depression.  While head to head studies of the 3 treatments have not been completed, it is interesting to compare large, multi-site, frequently cited studies of the 3 treatment modalities administered to patients with similar levels of treatment resistance. These findings are a useful reminder to regularly assess the severity of […]