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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 […]
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 […]