Pain Medicine

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) significantly reduced phantom limb pain in patients who had lost limbs to land mine explosions for up to 15 days, according to a study in the Journal of Pain (2016 ;17:911-918). Sixty-three percent of patients experienced a greater than 50% reduction in pain. No significant side effects were reported. Read the full article at Anesthesiology News...

Case Study: Depression and Bipolar Disorder

A 26-year-old graduate student at a rigorous university, Christina was having trouble keeping up with her studies due to a lack of interest, fatigue and feelings of hopelessness – signs of depression and bipolar disorder. Referred by her psychiatrist, she came to the TMS Center of Colorado for an evaluation, desperately hoping for some relief. Christina had already tried numerous prescription drugs to deal with depression and bipolar disorder, including the prescription drugs Klonopin, Wellbutrin and Vyvanse, along with a three-month course of...

Case Study: Severe Depression

Lexi, a 22-year-old female, was referred to TMS Center of Colorado for treatment of severe depression and anxiety by another doctor. At the time she got her doctor’s referral, she was unable to attend college, had strong suicidal thoughts and was hospitalized three times in 12 months for depression. Lexi had suffered from depression and anxiety since age 16 and had a strong family history of mental illness on both sides of her...

Case Study: Grateful to be Alive!

By the time 59-year-old “Maddie” arrived at TMS Center of Colorado, she had tried just about everything to treat her depression and anxiety, including counseling, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and medication. It seemed there was no hope. She had been in therapy for 15 years and hospitalized three times for mental health reasons. She was also prescribed numerous powerful drugs and had six sessions of...

Facebook Rolls Out New Features to Help Prevent Suicides

Suicide prevention is a topic that often isn’t addressed enough. It’s a hard thing to talk about, whether you are the one having the suicidal thoughts or you’re afraid a loved one is. Facebook is now trying to help in a big way. This past week they rolled out new features that are designed to make it easy to deliver support to anyone who puts up a post about possibly committing...

TMS for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

Most 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...

Mindfulness

The 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...

Depression and Sleep

At 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...

Smoking Cessation Study

The TMS Center of Colorado is excited to announce our participation in a multicenter clinical trial to evaluate the use of Deep TMS for smoking cessation. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the world, and tobacco use causes more than five million deaths per year worldwide. Accordingly, new treatments for tobacco addiction are essential to help curtail the public health burden that tobacco use...

How Do you Explain What it’s Like to Live with Depression?

We know it can be hard to explain to people who don’t suffer from depression what it’s like to live with it. We came across this video and wanted to share it. The video does a great job of explaining in clear-cut terms what it’s like to live with clinical depression. Depression is a complex disease, but there is...