TMS for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

ShareMost common depression medications are not approved for use by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. This leaves many women with the difficult decision of choosing between their mental health and the health of the baby. An important 2011 study showed that TMS is safe and may provide an effective, alternative depression treatment for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Published in the Journal of Women’s Health, the pilot study treated 10 women diagnosed with major depressive disorder with 20 controlled-dose TMS therapy sessions. The results showed that seven of 10 (70%) subjects responded positively to the treatments, with researchers reporting a decrease of greater than 50% in Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS-17) scores. There were no adverse pregnancy or fetal outcomes, with all infants admitted to well-baby nursery and discharged with the...

Mindfulness

ShareThe word “mindfulness” is defined by Webster’s Online Dictionary as the “trait of staying aware of or paying close attention to.” The concept of mindfulness actually stems from Buddhist psychology, which referenced the concept more than 2,500 years ago and is defined as “awareness, circumspection, discernment, and retention.” (Black, D.S. 2011. A brief definition of mindfulness. Mindfulness Research Guide. Accessed from www.mindfulexperience.org.) In common language, we might say that mindfulness is about living in the present. Focusing on the present moment can be very helpful in relieving symptoms of depression such as distorted thinking, difficulty concentrating and forgetfulness. Through practicing mindfulness, individuals can learn to experience thoughts and emotions without getting carried away by them. Instead of being controlled by negative thoughts, one can learn to allow the thoughts to come and go by practicing mindfulness. One way to practice mindfulness is by meditating. Try to set aside 10 to 15 minutes per day to meditate. Start by sitting in a comfortable position and focusing your attention on your breath. Concentrate on breathing slowly and noticing the physical sensations you experience. If you find that your mind wanders to other things, remind yourself that this is normal and simply refocus your attention back to your breath. Mindfulness can also be practiced throughout your daily activities. While doing something routine such as eating, brushing your teeth or washing dishes, try focusing on your sensations of sight, taste, touch and smell. If you find your mind wandering to the past or the future, simply bring your attention back to the present moment. Mindfulness is an important skill to have, especially for...

Depression and Sleep

ShareAt TMS Center of Colorado, we are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest advances in the treatment of depression and related conditions. We’re especially interested in the latest research on the link between insomnia and depression, which shows that a small amount of cognitive behavioral therapy to treat insomnia combined with treatment for depression can make a significant difference in treating both insomnia and depression. The research indicates this highly effective therapy can help patients make behavioral changes in their sleep routines such as establishing a regular wake-up time, eliminating daytime napping, and avoiding reading and watching TV in bed. TMS Center of Colorado has technicians trained in cognitive behavioral therapy who can guide patients in combining insomnia and other therapies with TMS therapy, so please contact us if you’re interested in any of these new...