The Depression Calculator for Employers

What's good for business should also be good for employees, as the majority of companies’ lifeblood depends on its workforce productivity.

Recently, The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation's Center for Workplace Mental Health released its Depression Calculator, a tool that estimates the cost of depression for employers as well as offers helpful resources. Individuals that struggle with depression understand the cost of their illness, but this may not be recognized in their professional settings, as many businesses need to see the dollar signs to pay attention.


The Power of Relating to Others

In my profession, what I do throughout the day is talk with people who are struggling. The nature of the struggles varies. Some individuals are depressed about specific circumstances, situations or people. Others have perceptual difficulties that interfere with their ability to maintain a connection with reality. These struggles can manifest in degrees of challenge and severity.


Suicide; What People are Saying

Suicide is a critical issue in our society, and we continue to struggle with how to deal with it. The CDC's latest release of statistics indicated that suicide rates in 25 states experienced increases of greater than 30% from 1999 to 2016 was amplified when we found out about the recent suicides of two celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

This unfortunate growing trend has prompted me to reflect on the past and my experiences with patients that have been considering suicide. Suicide is something that comes up in many contexts, most often this occurs when patients are thinking about death or the possibility of suicide, but on occasion, I see someone who is actively considering it.


Industry Meeting Recap: Treatment for Depression and Beyond

May 11 - 13, 2018 marked the Clinical TMS Society Annual Meeting, where 550+ attendees from more than 30 countries came together in Brooklyn, New York to share expert insight and discuss what’s ahead for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS.

The two-day conference showcased the practical and the potential of providing TMS as a clinical resource for patients struggling with Treatment Refractory Depression as well as considering clinical options for other disorders. Additionally, the meeting provided learning opportunities for TMS technicians, how to approach the patient when TMS does not work, MRI imaging and diagnosis, pain treatment, suicide prevention, research in areas of the world outside of the United States, starting a practice with TMS, and the role of TMS post-stroke.

Mental Health Advocacy

What is Mental Health?

For nearly 70 years, May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month across the nation. With one in five people in the U.S. affected by "mental health conditions," this month-long effort centers on celebrating the improvement and recovery of people with mental illness, so it is best to understand Mental Health by the learning about Mental Illness and possible treatments.

When I was in medical school and residency, we learned about the history of psychiatry including the role of Schneider, Bleuler and Kraepelin in connecting symptoms to diagnoses, as well as Freud’s work to understand why clinical symptoms occurred. These pioneering efforts all contributed to making sense of clinical experiences and to organize our thoughts about symptoms clusters, all with the absence of our current brain imaging technology.


6 Lessons Learned: Treating Depression with TMS

For a long time, it has been widely known that clinical depression is a complex mental illness. Depression interferes with the ability to live and engage in life. It can be challenging to struggle with a depressed mood that does not respond to treatments. And some depression is not effectively treated despite several medications and psychotherapy attempts.


Depression Treatment Isn’t Always Apples to Apples

Recently, I came across an interesting depression treatment paper published in Brain Stimulation that I wanted to review titled, Simultaneous rTMS and psychotherapy in major depressive disorder: Clinical outcomes and predictors from a large naturalistic study.

The purpose of this research was to see what happened with a group of people with Major Depressive Disorder who were treated with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and psychotherapy.


The Impact of TMS Through the Treaters’ Eyes

Eight years ago the team at ThriveLogic TMS + NeuroHealth (ThriveLogic) began providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as an alternative option for treating depression. Just like medications or talk therapy, TMS is one tool in the depression-treatment "toolkit" providers are using to help people live healthier, happier lives.

Over the years, it has become clear that the people providing the care make a big difference—specifically the people doing the TMS treatments. Professionally, these individuals are known as treaters, coordinators, therapists or technicians....


Change is the Only Constant

It’s believed that Heraclitus once said, “the only thing that is constant is change.” And he may have gotten that right. Recently there have been numerous articles and news features about change, spanning various industries, regions, and cultures.

Some stories that caught my attention, I'll highlight in the following thoughts, but in general, the consistent theme is that change, is about doing something different that challenges the norms, making waves for new ways to approach things in life to gain a different, and most certainly, a better result. However, with change often comes resistance, and no lasting change, large or small, happens overnight. Instead, change takes time, as it pushes people out of their comfort zones.

Examples of Change

A few weeks ago, I listened to a podcast that discussed a break from traditional Thanksgiving fare, and how individuals and families were exploring new takes on this holiday meal. Cultural and dietary preferences have prompted discussions and gastronomic changes in the way in which people buy, sell, produce and consume food. While there's always a fad diet or trend among the masses, in the last decade, we've experienced a range of movements, from all-natural and organic to locally-sourced or food-allergy-specific items, such as gluten-free eats. Additionally, people are deviating from the standard grocery store or wholesale food store and opting for local farmers markets or the ever-growing sector of meal-delivery kit services. This shift in consumer-centric change is shaking up the food industry, and it's all about change.

Depression Treatment

An Interview with Michelle Cochran, MD, FAPA: Clinical TMS Society Board President

I recently sat down with an industry colleague, and we had an open discussion on the Clinical TMS Society's role and impact on TMS Therapy and the future of the treatment for depressed patients.

Below are insights from Clinical TMS Society Board President and fellow psychiatrist, Michelle Cochran, MD FAPA.

Q: What is The Clinical TMS Society?

Cochran: The Clinical TMS Society (CTMSS) is an organization of 400+ U.S. and international clinicians, researchers and technicians dedicated to optimizing clinical practice, awareness and accessibility of  Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

How did you get involved with the Society?

Cochran: In 2013, I attended the American Psychiatric Association meeting in San Francisco, California, which was also when the first CTMSS meeting was being held. I heard about the Society and registered to attend and learn more. At that point, I joined the Annual Meeting Committee, and helped organize the 2014 New York City meeting. I was later charged with planning the CTMSS Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada in 2015 as well. This conference grew our membership and established a different directive for our organization by providing significant education for TMS clinicians and technicians. I have remained active on the Annual Meeting Committee, but was invited to participate on the Board of Directors and became a member-at-large on the Executive Committee in 2015. The following year I became the Vice President (2016), and in May of 2017, I was elected President of the Board.

I have developed deep working relationships with Board members and committee members across the world through my activities with CTMSS. I find it an indispensable organization as a physician offering TMS in my practice.