Depression in the Summer

“I’m sure I’ll feel better once the warm weather comes.”  As a psychiatrist, I hear this a lot from my patients who struggle with depression during the winter.  And, often, they’re right.  Anyone who lives here know winters in New England can be cold, dark and long! The warm days of summer not only bring…

Treatment Options for OCD

Treatment Options for OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a complex and destructive mental condition centered around repeated and unavoidable encounters with anxiety-inducing obsessions, followed by the need to soothe these anxieties through specific compulsions. OCD can range from mild to severe, with debilitating symptoms potentially leaving a person disabled and incapable of functioning alone. Obsessions can range from specific fears…

Side Effects of TMS

What Are the Side Effects of TMS?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment approved for major depressive disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, particularly in patients who do not respond to first line treatment methods (pharmacology and therapy). If a patient does not experience relief from their depression symptoms despite trying several different medications, they may be diagnosed with ‘treatment-resistant depression’. TMS…