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August 4, 2022

Antidepressants and the Serotonin Theory of Depression

A paper was recently published that reviews the serotonin theory of depression. Media articles have been presenting the findings of this study in a confusing manner, implying that the findings of this paper mean that depression should not be treated with antidepressants. This misunderstanding is because drug companies often present depression in an overly simplistic manner as being caused by low serotonin levels. The paper, by Moncrieff et al. entitled “The Serotonin theory of depression: a systematic umbrella review of the evidence”, makes the case that low serotonin level is likely not the direct cause of depression.  The research presented in […]
March 10, 2022

SeattleNTC Mask Policy (March 2022)

Valued Patients – While masking guidance in the Greater Seattle Area is to be updated on March 11, 2022 to no longer require masks in many indoor public spaces, masks are still required at healthcare and medical facilities. We will continue to require our patients to wear standard/disposable surgical masks. Staff will also be required to wear standard/disposable surgical masks or better (i.e., N-95, KN-95). As always, if you have any questions or concerns about our COVID-19 policies, please feel free to give us a call. We appreciate your continued understanding and assistance in keeping all of our patients and […]
January 13, 2022

Updated COVID-19 Policies (January 2022)

Valued patients – We are continuing to work diligently to ensure that SeattleNTC remains a safe place for both you and our staff. As public health recommendations continue to evolve, we have made some changes to our policies and procedures: All our clinic’s lobbies, treatment rooms, and offices are now equipped with air purifiers. Staff will be required to wear an N95, KN95, or KF94 mask while in clinic. Our staff is also required to be fully vaccinated, including the booster shot if they are eligible. Patient will be required to wear a standard (disposable) surgical/medical mask, N95, KN95, or […]
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 […]
May 6, 2020

Update to COVID-19 precautions and operations (May 2020)

Valued patients – 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: All staff and patients must wear a mask while in the clinic, in order to reduce the likelihood of spread of the novel coronavirus. If you do not have a mask of your own, we can provide one for you to reuse during your visits to our clinic. In order to continue to minimize the number of people who need to be on-site at […]
March 25, 2020

Updated COVID-19 Precautions (March 2020)

As recommendations regarding the novel coronavirus have updated, we have made the following changes to our policies: 1) The novel coronavirus can produce GI symptoms, such as diarrhea, and at times this may be the only symptom patients experience. As such, if you have ANY symptoms, staff and patients are being asked to please stay home. 2) We ask that patients wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before entering the clinic. 3) Based upon updated guidance, all staff and patients should be asymptomatic for 72 hours prior to returning to work/treatment. Please continue to ask for clarification if you […]
March 12, 2020

Information about SeattleNTC clinic operations and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS In order to ensure that we continue to be a safe place to receive care, we are taking the following precautions to protect you against COVID-19/coronavirus, as recommended by the CDC, and continue to monitor updates from the University of Washington, Swedish Medical Centers, the CDC, and Department of Health: –       Any patients or staff with cough or fever or any other symptoms, are being asked to stay home until they are symptom-free for at least 72 hours. We are NOT enforcing late cancellation fees for illness-related cancellations. Patients with symptoms may still have telehealth visits (see below). Please ask our staff for […]
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 […]