Are you a candidate for TMS Therapy?

In the recent years, TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation has become a popular treatment option especially in those who weren’t successful in the conventional treatment for anxiety and depression.

What is TMS therapy?
TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate certain areas of the brain.

It is FDA-approved and works really well for major depressive disorders, anxiety, and even for stroke management.

In a TMS therapy session, an electromagnetic coil is placed on the head, just above the targeted area of the brain. This device produces very small electric currents, which stimulate the affected areas of the brain.

Although the exact mechanism as to how TMS works is still unclear, several studies have shown that TMS therapy helps in stroke recovery and alleviates the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders.

Are you an ideal TMS candidate?
TMS is a very safe procedure and could be an ideal treatment for you if you have the following circumstances:

* Conventional treatments (i.e. medications and psychotherapy) failed to provide relief
TMS may be right for you if you didn’t have any success from the conventional treatment methods or if these treatments brought undesirable side effects.

* Over 18 years of age
TMS is generally safe but usually not recommended for individuals younger than 18. There are very limited studies on the long-term effect of TMS on the developing brain.

* Free from implants or metal objects
Due to the nature of the therapy, it can’t be admistered to anyone with implants controlled by physiological signals (e.g. pacemakers, defribillators, nerve stimulators) or non-removable magnetic sensitive metal in the head or any part of the body that’s within the 12 inches scope of the metal coil.

Still not sure if TMS is right for you? Schedule appointment with us. We’ll assess your situation and help you determine if this therapy is appropriate for you.



References:
http://tmsyou.com/tms-treatment/ideal-tms-therapy-candidate/
https://www.madisonavetms.com/good-candidate-tms/

5 Resolutions for Better Mental Health

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions that are related to physical health but we rarely, if at all, make ones that can benefit our mental health.

Mental health is rarely talked about during the New Year but it is a vital element of our overall health.

Poor mental health can lead to a myriad of health problems. Make this year different and prioritize your mental health.

Committing to these five resolutions can lead to a better, healthier you!

  1. 1. Eat more whole foods

A lot of people make this resolution to benefit themselves physically. But did you know that healthy eating can also do good to your mental health.

Research has it that nutrition has a role to play in mental health. People who consume more whole foods like fruits and vegetables have lower levels of depression compared to those who eat less. Eating whole foods especially those that belong in the broccoli family can also benefit you in the long run as they can help slow cognitive decline.

  1. 2. Make time for physical activity

Whether it’s cleaning your yard, walking, or running, any physical activity can help you. For years, research has shown that exercise is the most effective way of reducing depression or anxiety.

If you have been sedentary in the past years, it’s best to start slow and find an activity that you enjoy. This allows you to adhere religiously to your exercise plan.

  1. 3. Get enough sleep

There’s a strong correlation between sleep and mental health. When you’re constantly sleep deprived, you are compromising your psychological and mental health. And when you already have these issues, you are more likely to suffer from insomnia and other sleep problems.

How sleep affects mental health and vice versa is still not fully understood but brain studies suggest that having a good night sleep contributes to both mental and emotional resilience. Chronic sleep deprivation, on the other hand, can make you more prone to emotional instability and having negative thoughts.

  1. 4. Cut back on your screen time

Want more time to exercise, prepare healthier meals, and/or sleep? Reducing your screen time may help.

You don’t have to give up your favorite show. It just means you have to do it in moderation. Studies have shown that excessive TV watching and use of smartphones (and other similar devices) can affect sleep and mental health.

  1. 5. Seek professional help

Sometimes, we think of mental health problem as something we can just snap out of. The truth is, sometimes we just need professional help.

If your mental health issues are keeping you from living life fully, then visit a specialist. If you didn’t have success with any of the traditional treatment methods, don’t feel defeated. There are alternative treatment options that can help you.

 

 

References:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/sleep-and-mental-health

http://theconversation.com/new-years-resolutions-for-better-mental-health-87255

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beating New Year’s Depression

The media often portray New Year as one of the happiest, most exciting time of the year, but not everyone will see it this way. This is especially true for those who suffer with depression or those who are more predisposed to getting depressed during this season.

New Year’s Eve or the New Year itself can bring more feelings of sadness and/or loneliness to these people. According to psychologists, this could be due to the reflective nature of this holiday.

During this time of the year, people usually look back on the past year and observe what they have accomplished, and what they wanted to do more of and/or change on the coming year.

When you feel you didn’t accomplish enough or when you’re more prone to rumination, this holiday can easily lead you to a spiral of negativity. However, there are ways to prevent you from getting into that.

  1. Plan something that gets you really excited

Whether it’s taking a trip or trying a new hobby, planning and anticipating for something can give you a boost of happiness. The effect is still the same even if you’re planning to make it happen on the later part of the year.

  1. Examine your expectations

If you decide to come up with New Year’s resolutions, examine your expectations and decide if they are realistic. If they don’t seem to be, then try breaking them down to smaller goals.

  1. Reach out

Know that it’s okay to feel this way during this holiday. If you feel isolated or extremely sad, don’t hesitate to reach out to your family, friends, a community, or a professional.


If you still feel depressed after seeking professional help, we can help.

 

References:

https://broadly.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/d343ex/why-is-new-years-eve-so-depressing

https://www.webmd.com/depression/features/new-year-blues

https://www.themuse.com/advice/new-years-blu

Developing Healthy Habits for Life

Having a healthy lifestyle is only possible when you start transforming your knowledge on how to live healthy into a daily habit.

Why is it important to develop good health habits?

Habits are who you are. These are things that you do daily without thinking too much about it. As you’re doing them on a regular basis, they became part of who you are.

Establishing health habits early on can help build a good foundation in your life. They can help you reach your goals and avoid unnecessary wasting of time. Plus, they are more powerful than motivation. For example, you may not feel like working out but since it becomes a habit, you do it without thinking too much about it.

Establishing Healthy Habits

The good thing with habits is that you can build or change them.

Whether it’s working out or eating healthy, you can start building healthy habits that can benefit you in the long run. This also goes to say that you can break any unhealthy habit you have.

Below are some hacks to help you get started:

  1. Give yourself 66 days to stick to a habit
    Contrary to what many people believed, it actually takes more than 21 days to establish a new habit and make it sick.  The 21-day rule is a myth and is believed to have originated in a study among patients who underwent plastic surgery.

 

  1. Follow a system
    In his popular book, The Power of Habit, journalist Charles Duhigg mentioned about the system in building a habit. You have to have a cue, a routine, and a reward.

 

  1. Change your ‘all or nothing’ mindset
    Don’t quit if you mess up for a day or more. Missing an opportunity or opportunities won’t break the process. Just pick yourself up and try again the next day.

Ingredients for a Happy Life

Each person’s happiness is attributed to a variety of reasons. The most common ones are:

 

  1. Appreciation

Spending even just a few minutes each day to pause and appreciate everything that you have can make a whole lot of difference especially when you are feeling down.

 

  1. Acceptance

The most common trait of people who are deeply satisfied and happy in life is that they learn to accept their flaws.

Being kind to yourself can tremendously increase your enjoyment, resilience, and overall wellbeing.

 

  1. Physical activity

Regular physical activity does not just benefit your physical health. It can also benefit your mental and emotional health. So, spend even at least 30 minutes each day to exercise, whether it’s walking, swimming, or dancing.

 

  1. Giving

Happy people are generous people. When you give or care for someone, you feel really good inside. This is why giving is considered as a vital element in one’s happiness.

 

  1. Relationships

How you relate to other people have a significant impact in your happiness level. Those who have stronger and broader relationships with others are healthier, happier, and live longer.

 

  1. Resilience

Life isn’t perfect but how you respond when things go wrong is a huge determinant of your happiness.

 

  1. Purpose

There are so many things that we don’t have control of in life but having a sense of purpose/meaning can give you a direction and even helps in motivating you when you’re feeling down.