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National Mental Health Awareness Month 2015

Although a staggering one in five Americans have been diagnosed with a mental disorder(s)1, mental illness continues to be widely misunderstood, misrepresented, and subject to social stigma. Not surprisingly, the stigma associated with mental illness remains one of the biggest barriers preventing individuals from getting necessary treatment.

National Mental Health Awareness Month, observed throughout the month of May, is a campaign that strives to eliminate stigma, and encourage family members, friends and colleagues to support those diagnosed with mental illness in seeking out and receiving necessary medical treatment. Many organizations as well as leading media platforms participate in the campaign. This May, Discovery Life Channel in partnership with Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma associated with mental illness, will air celebrity ambassadors calling for the end of mental illness discrimination as well as programming featuring various mental disorders.2

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TMS NeuroHealth Centers Opens More Locations

TMS therapy in Richmond, VATMS NeuroHealth Centers is pleased to announce the opening of TMS NeuroHealth Centers, Rockville, MD and Reston, VA as it continues to expand its coverage area for individuals seeking TMS Therapy for the treatment of depression. Since opening its flagship center in McLean, VA in 2011, TMS NeuroHealth Centers has administered more than 15,000 treatments to over 500 patients. Bill Leonard, CEO and founder of TMS NeuroHealth Centers explains, “Expanding our service reach throughout the DC METRO area only makes treatment even more accessible to those individuals suffering with depression when anti-depressant medication has been unsuccessful.”

TMS Neurohealth Centers is a network of centers offering TMS Therapy in Tysons Corner, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Reston, Virginia as well as in Kensington, Greenbelt and Rockville, Maryland. TMS NeuroHealth Centers’, with its team of leading medical experts in the fields of neurology and psychiatry, are deeply committed to providing patients with the latest in medical technology, individualized treatment and compassionate care.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy is a non-drug, non-invasive, FDA-cleared medical treatment for patients suffering with depression without any of the typical side effects experienced with antidepressant medications, such as weight gain, fatigue and sexual problems. This treatment uses highly focused magnetic pulses to gently stimulate areas of the brain known to control mood which have been scientifically identified as under-active in people who suffer with depression. Stimulation of the neurons, cells that transmit and process information, cause the release of chemical neurotransmitters in the brain, thus resulting in a reduction of depressive symptoms. Each treatment is a 30-40 session; typically administered 5 days a week for 4-6 weeks when depression is in its acute phase.

TMS therapy is a proven medical treatment for depression for patients suffering from side effects of antidepressant medications and/or who are treatment resistant. Dr. Geoffrey Grammer, Chief Scientific Advisor with TMS NeuroHealth Centers elaborates, “a former patient of ours could not have explained his results from TMS Therapy any better, ‘imagine living your whole life with one hand tied behind your back. After TMS Therapy, I now know what hope truly feels like. TMS gave me my life back’”.

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Depression in Athletes, Their Silent Battle Off the Field

From Youth to Retirement, Athletes are Discussing Their Struggles with Depression

depressed-athletesThe World of Sports, America’s most celebrated pastime and universal language extending beyond gender, race, religion, age, ethnicity, education and income. We’ve grown to admire athletes for their determination, perseverance, physical strength, speed, and endurance. We look to these super-heroic individuals as role models and sources of inspiration, and in return, these stoics are fiercely compelled to not let their fans, teammates or coaches down. Strong and fearless they may be; however, athletes can and do suffer with depression. Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million Americans each year. It is a condition which lasts two or more weeks and interferes with a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks and enjoyed activities that previously brought pleasure.

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Message of Hope for Depressed Teens at 2015 Academy Awards

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore Publically Shares His Attempted Teen Suicide and Ongoing Struggle with Depression

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore

He is bold, brazen and courageous!  Screenwritter Graham Moore- age 34, shared his Oscar winning moment with millions of teens around the world as he bravely disclosed his attempted suicide when he was 16 years old.  Moore made abundantly clear that his Hollywood moment in the limelight was not for him alone, but for the numerous teens suffering with depression.

“When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here, and so I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

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Antepartum Depression: Depression During Pregnancy

Antepartum DepressionPregnancy is one of life’s greatest journeys, and like any new quest, there brings change, unique challenge and discovery. The expecting mother and her partner will likely confront many additional commitments and unique challenges. From numerous doctor visits to added relationship strain and career stress, expecting couples learn to balance and adapt to these new demands. One of the more significant challenges during pregnancy is the physical and emotional impact of surging hormones which affects brain chemistry, sometimes causing a Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).1 There is growing awareness concerning Postpartum Depression- a period of about 6-weeks following the baby’s birth; however, there is practically no awareness and information being shared about the very real potential of suffering from depression during pregnancy- referred to as Antepartum Depression.

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