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Hard Wired For Depression

Am I Hard-Wired for Depression?

Depression is a mental health disorder that can affect individuals from all walks of life. No matter  what your connection with the illness may be. The fact is that depression doesn’t discriminate and anyone can be at risk. Specialists of the mind have delved into numerous discussions revolving around depression’s hereditary tendencies, and much research…

Targeting Withdrawal Symptoms in Men Addicted to Methamphetamine With Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Drug withdrawal is associated with aversive experiences, which promotes relapse.1 Different neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, signal transduction pathways, and brain regions (especially the nucleus accumbens) have been implicated in the occurrence of withdrawal syndrome during abstinence from addictive drugs.2 Withdrawal from methamphetamine results in fatigue, irritability, disturbed sleep, exhaustion, and symptoms of depression and anxiety, which might last for months. Currently, limited pharmaceutical tools are available for detoxification from methamphetamine; vitamins, antidepressants, and antipsychotics have been used to ameliorate withdrawal symptoms in clinical practices.3

In an animal study, optogenetic stimulation of the thalamic-accumbens dopamine D2 medium spiny neuron pathway alleviated somatic signs induced by opiate withdrawal.4 However, it is unknown if noninvasive brain stimulation could facilitate detoxification during the withdrawal period in humans. In this study, we used repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) targeting the left dorsal-lateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) to modulate symptoms of withdrawal from methamphetamine.

Life After Depression

The World Is Open To You

Remission from depression brings about a noticeable improvement in the emotional quality of life. Some people are able to experience pleasure from  previous passions, reconnect with loved ones, or simply see  the beauty in a flower. Healing from depression is a precious opportunity to be reborn into new ways of relating to the world.  …

Depressive Symptoms

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Depression and Taking Action

How Major Depressive Disorder Differs from a ‘Blue Mood’ Everyone experiences sadness sometimes.  Negative emotions are a normal part of living, but there is a difference between passing sadness and major depressive disorder (MDD). Situational depression is the term used for the ‘blue mood,’ which is what people feel in response to negative life circumstances.…

FDA Permits Marketing of TMS for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted marketing of the Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation System for treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). “Transcranial magnetic stimulation has shown its potential to help patients suffering from depression and headaches,” said Carlos Peña, Ph.D., M.S., director of the Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices in…

Helping Someone with Suicidal Tendencies

Caring for Loved Ones With Suicidal Tendencies

Knowing how to help a loved one with suicidal tendencies can literally save a life. It is estimated that 800,000 people commit suicide every year according to the World Health Organization. Though, it can be difficult to understand what motivates people to take their own life, suicidal thoughts come from tremendous pain and suffering.  …

Transcranial magnetic stimulation in autism spectrum disorder: Challenges, promise, and roadmap for future research

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a behaviorally defined complex neurodevelopmental syndrome characterized by impairments in social communication, by the presence of restricted and repetitive behaviors, interests and activities, and by abnormalities in sensory reactivity. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a promising, emerging tool for the study and potential treatment of ASD. Recent studies suggest that TMS measures provide rapid and noninvasive pathophysiological ASD biomarkers. Furthermore, repetitive TMS (rTMS) may represent a novel treatment strategy for reducing some of the core and associated ASD symptoms. However, the available literature on the TMS use in ASD is preliminary, composed of studies with methodological limitations. Thus, off-label clinical rTMS use for therapeutic interventions in ASD without an investigational device exemption and outside of an IRB approved research trial is premature pending further, adequately powered and controlled trials. Leaders in this field have gathered annually for a two-day conference (prior to the 2014 and 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research, IMFAR) to share recent progress, promote collaboration across laboratories, and establish consensus on protocols. Here we review the literature in the use of TMS in ASD in the context of the unique challenges required for the study and exploration of treatment strategies in this population. We also suggest future directions for this field of investigations. While its true potential in ASD has yet to be delineated, TMS represents an innovative research tool and a novel, possibly transformative approach to the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Managing Depression

Methods to Help Manage Depression While Undergoing TMS Treatment

During Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment, it is helpful to focus on self-care tactics such as healthy eating, mindfulness, regular exercise, and therapy that have been shown to enhance health and happiness.   Practicing Self-Care Depression can make it difficult to conduct self-care routines such as managing hygiene, eating, and exercising. Simply getting out of…