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Hormone curbs depressive-like symptoms in stressed mice

Hormone curbs depressive-like symptoms in stressed mice | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
A hormone with anti-diabetic properties also reduces depression-like symptoms in mice. The finding offers a novel target for treating depression.
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HOW BRIGHT LIGHT THERAPY IS UNDERUSED AND UNDERVALUED IN MEDICINE

HOW BRIGHT LIGHT THERAPY IS  UNDERUSED AND UNDERVALUED IN MEDICINE | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
What is BLT?
If you ask most medical doctors, BLT conjures up images of a nice lunch break from the office at a local diner.  But actually, bright light therapy(...)
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Light therapy is a great way to treat depression without meds, as long as it is being supervised by a physician.

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Light therapy is a great way to address depression and minimize medication.

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INSOMNIA Keeping You Up at Night?

INSOMNIA Keeping You Up at Night? | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
Dr Tylka and Dr Stein explain the diagnosis of insomnia and various treatments available.
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THE OPTIONS FOR DEPRESSION TREATMENT ARE EXPANDING

THE OPTIONS FOR DEPRESSION TREATMENT ARE EXPANDING | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
BY CHRISTINE TYLKA, MD, AUTHOR.

Valuable update on the ever-expanding treatment options for clinical (medical) depression.
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Christine Tylka, MD recently joined The West Coast Life Center of Sherman Oaks as an associate psychiatrist.  Dr. Tylka earned her medical doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed her training at Columbia University’s St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital psychiatry residency.  West Coast Life Center is a leading boutique emotional wellness center focused on cutting edge, evidence-based, integrative psychiatric care for our patients.  Led by medical director, Kira Stein MD, we are a team of experts who help those struggling with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, insomnia, ADHD, personality, and other disorders. We approach emotional health from a holistic point of view, and individualize care using a wide array of techniques, including talk therapy, mindfulness meditation, bright light therapy, nutritional and medication management, as well as non-invasive brain stimulation. 

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Christine Tylka, MD recently joined The West Coast Life Center of Sherman Oaks as an associate psychiatrist.  Dr. Tylka earned her medical doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed her training at Columbia University’s St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital psychiatry residency.  West Coast Life Center is a leading boutique emotional wellness center focused on cutting edge, evidence-based, integrative psychiatric care for our patients.  Led by medical director, Kira Stein MD, we are a team of experts who help those struggling with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, insomnia, ADHD, personality, and other disorders. We approach emotional health from a holistic point of view, and individualize care using a wide array of techniques, including talk therapy, mindfulness meditation, bright light therapy, nutritional and medication management, as well as non-invasive brain stimulation. 

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New Data Show Long-Term Benefit of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Difficult-to-Treat Patients with Depression using NeuroStar TMS Therapy System - WSJ.com

New Data Show Long-Term Benefit of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Difficult-to-Treat Patients with Depression using NeuroStar TMS Therapy System - WSJ.com | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
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Excellent Wall Street Journal article highlights new information about TMS for depression, with impressive remission, response, and durability rates. 

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After a Heart Attack, Why do Depressed People Have 3-5x the Risk of Dying than Non-depressed People?

After a Heart Attack, Why do Depressed People Have 3-5x the Risk of Dying than Non-depressed People? | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it

Inflammation appears to be the immediate deciding factor, though a history of childhood distress and lack of exercise are also significant contributors.

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WestCoastLife's curator insight, April 8, 2013 11:19 AM

To effectively treat heart disease - don't overlook depression.

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Movement for Mood: Exercise as a Treatment for Depression

Movement for Mood: Exercise as a Treatment for Depression | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it

Magic Bullet or Placebo Effect?


Via Sarit Hovav, MD
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Exercise is a key ingredient to batttling depression.  If it is not enough, then there are many other options/combinations of approaches, including:

--psychotherapy

--mindfulness meditation

--bright light therapy

--L-methylfolate

--hormone therapy

--medications

--non-invasive brain stimulation, such as cranioelectroc stimulation (CES) and transcranial magnetic stiulation (TMS)

 

If suffering from a very severe, acute depression, then more invasive, but often life-saving options include: 

--ECT (electroconvulsove therapy)

--VNS (Vagal nerve stimulation)

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NIMH · Five Major Mental Disorders Share Genetic Roots

NIMH · Five Major Mental Disorders Share Genetic Roots | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
Five major mental disorders share some of the same genetic risk factors, the largest genome-wide study of its kind has found.
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This is amazing information that brings us closer to truly understanding the basis of psychiatric illness and to finding more specific therapeutic approaches.

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation as an efficient treatment for psychogenic movement disorders -- Garcin et al. -- Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

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A recent study suggests that TMS can significantly reduce involuntary movements such as tremor, dystonia, and myoclonus.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
Find out what CBT therapy is, how it works, & what risks are involved. And, try our free interactive CBT tool to manage your depression.
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WestCoastLife's curator insight, March 17, 2013 4:17 PM

As faculty at the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Kira Stein teaches psychiatry residents CBT at the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic, and find CBT extremely effect for depression, as well.

 

This is why Dr. Stein has contracted with West Coast Life Center team member Jennifer Lowe, LMFT, to provide CBT and other valuable therapies to her patients in the Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles area.

 

To learn more about how talk therapy at the West Coast Life Center can help you, check out our site at http://www.westcoastlifecenter.com/

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The Present and Future of TMS

The Present and Future of TMS | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a psychiatric treatment for depression that by itself does not involve taking medications. TMS works directly on the brain without being invasive.....

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TMS in Special Populations

TMS in Special Populations | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it

Dr. Kira Stein of the West Coast TMS institute is an expert in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation as well as in other mental illnesses and their treatments. In part 6 of her interview with author Andy Behrman, she answers questions about the use of TMS in pregnant women or women with postpartum depression. They go on to discuss whether TMS may be suitable for treating other mental disorders for which the treatment has not yet been approved.

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I really enjoyed answering these questions, as the answers bring so much hope to so many. -- Kira Stein MD, Director West Coast TMS Institiute

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How to Prevent Stress from Shrinking Your Brain

How to Prevent Stress from Shrinking Your Brain | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
Learn how to preserve brainpower when you're stressed.
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Stress is everywhere, but some are more vulnerable to its brain-toxic effects than others.  This is a great articles that reviews how trauma, gene expression and life stressors can be (to some extent) counterbalanced by healthy life activities.

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About.com interview of Dr Stein - When to Consider Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy

About.com interview of Dr Stein - When to Consider Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it

TMS is an excellent option for patients who have not responded to their first medication, because research shows that TMS is considerably more effective than trying a second medication, with less risk of side effects. In fact, TMS is FDA-approved for the treatment of a major depressive episode that has failed to adequately respond to a first medication.Decisions about patient care need to be made on ......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE PROBLEM WITH VITAMIN B12 LEVELS

THE PROBLEM WITH VITAMIN B12 LEVELS | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
TO TREAT OR NOT TO TREAT: THE PROBLEM WITH VITAMIN B12 LEVELS
A large percent of patients who come in for an evaluation at West Coast Life Center here in Los An(...)
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Too many people with low-normal Vitamin B12 are being overlooked

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INSOMNIA Keeping You Up at Night?

INSOMNIA Keeping You Up at Night? | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
Dr Tylka and Dr Stein explain the diagnosis of insomnia and various treatments available.
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CHRISTINE TYLKA, MD JOINS WEST COAST LIFE CENTER TO EXPAND TOP QUALITY INTEGRATIVE PSYCHIATRIC CARE TO THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY & WEST LOS ANGELES AREAS

CHRISTINE TYLKA, MD JOINS WEST COAST LIFE CENTER TO EXPAND TOP QUALITY INTEGRATIVE PSYCHIATRIC CARE TO THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY & WEST LOS ANGELES AREAS | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
Dr. Christine Tylka received her training from Columbia University’s St. Luke’s-Roosevelt psychiatry program, and after a year of working in community psychiatry, has joined Kira Stein, MD in the practice of integrative psychiatry, serving the West Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas.Below is a Q & A with Dr. Tylka, which will give you a glimpse of the dedicated expertise and professionalism she  brings to her patientsWhat motivated you to become a doctor and a psychiatrist?....
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West Coast Life Center is pleased to announce that psychiatrist Dr. Christine Tylka will be joining us in Sherman Oaks starting June 2013. Dr. Tylka will continue our tradition of providing up-to-date, evidence-based medical expertise with an open, warm, genuine, and collaborative approach. 
We are scheduling patients for Dr. Tylka at 818-990-5901 and, as always, appreciate your referrals and the opportunity to work closely with you.
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Stimulating the brain with TMS blunts cigarette craving

Stimulating the brain with TMS blunts cigarette craving | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths globally. Unfortunately smoking cessation is difficult, with more than 90% of attempts to quit resulting in relapse.
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WestCoastLife's curator insight, April 17, 2013 10:27 PM

TMS shows much promise for treating addictions.

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TMS Appears to Counter Schizophrenia Memory Deficits

TMS Appears to Counter Schizophrenia Memory Deficits | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
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Working memory is the ability to remember multiple peices of information for short-term use.  This type of memory is impaired in schizophrenia, and thus people with schizophrenia often have difficulties functioning. TMS on the frontal lobe appears to improve this type of memory and functioning, something I have seen at my center. - Kira Stein MD

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West Coast TMS Institute | Meet Our Team

West Coast TMS Institute | Meet Our Team | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
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West Coast TMS Institute in Los Angeles is proud to announce that we are bringing a new level of expertise and service to the Los Angeles area.  Our new TMS coordinator, Leila Kushan-Wells has a masters in neurobiology and cognition, and has been involved in trasncranial magnetic stimulation research in Europe.  Read more about our unique team at http://www.westcoasttmsinstitute.com/about/tms-institute-support-staff/

 

Learn more about the non-invasive brain stimulatuon technique called TMS at http://www.wcTMS.com

 

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TMS is a new non-invasive treatment for depression that  is drug-free and outpatient-based.

 

TMS is not shock therapy.  Patients simply sit while awake in a chair, as we stimulate their brain with a magnetic field.  It is safe and effective.

 

West Coast TMS Institute in Los Angeles is proud to announce that we are bringing a new level of expertise and service to the Los Angeles area.  Our new TMS coordinator, Leila Kushan-Wells, MS has a masters in neurobiology and cognition, and has been involved in transcranial magnetic stimulation research in Europe.

 

Laura Pachecho, MS is our neurobehavioral specialist, who also helps maintain our uniquely supportive and enriching environment.

 

As medical director of both the West Coast Life Center and the West Coast TMS Institute Kira Stein, MD and her staff provide a whole host of treatment options, from talk therapy, bright light therapy, and non-invasive brain stimulation, to the Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks areas.

 

Read more about our unique team at http://www.westcoasttmsinstitute.com/about/tms-institute-support-staff/

 

Learn more about the non-invasive brain stimulatuon technique called TMS at http://www.wcTMS.com

 

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Dr. Stein Interviewed on Stimulants being abused as Grade- Boosters | Home & Family

Dr. Stein Interviewed on Stimulants being abused as Grade- Boosters | Home & Family | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
Check out episode information for "Home & Family," weekdays only on Hallmark Channel!
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STIMULANT MIS-USE BY COLLEGE STUDENTS

 

More and more, stimulant medications are being diverted from medical use by patients suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Narcolepsy, and hard-to-treat depression, to non-medical use by students simply looking to boost their academic performance.

 

For those suffering from ADHD, stimulant medications such as Adderall and Ritalin help normalize the brain's own dopamine and norepinephrine activity, improving biologically based difficulties in executive functioning. Untreated, ADHD is associated with irritability, inattentiveness and restlessness, which can lead to social difficulties, poor self-esteem, depressive & anxiety disorders – as well as an increased risk of substance abuse. 

 

In 2010, more than 1 million people misused stimulant medications without a medical prescription.  Recently, it was estimated that at least 30% of college students have used stimulant medications; while only up to 5% of the population suffers from ADHD. The most common non-medical stimulant uses in college are for the purposes of grade-boosting, pulling all-nighters before a test, or for use as appetite suppressants.

 

UNEXPECTED RISKS

While the intent is initially to get ahead (or keep up) in school, non-medical stimulant abuse increases the risk of experiencing side effects, serious complications, and addiction, especially if used in excessive doses, unsupervised by a physician.  

 

POTENTIAL STIMULANT SIDE EFFECTS

Side effects of stimulants can include anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, irritability, agitation, high blood pressure, and poor nutrition.  For those with underlying medical problems, the heart’s normal rhythm may be compromised.

 

ADDICTION RISKS

Normally, the brain's reward circuit needs a measured increase in dopamine activity to experience pleasure from music, food, or sex.  When using stimulants as grade-boosters, the temptation to rely on them only increases over time, as confidence in one’s own natural abilities diminish.  Recurrent, unnecessary stimulant use can result in bursts of dopamine levels, putting the brain’s reward system into hyper-drive, and increasing the risk of addiction. 

 

Excessive doses can lead to psychosis (hallucinations & paranoia), euphoria, hyper-sexual behavior, impulsivity and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. 

 

The experience of euphoria often encourages further indulgence, followed by withdrawals with depressed mood, excessive fatigue and hunger.  More abuse occurs with the desire to avoid such "crashes", while tolerance builds. 

 

These developments increase the chances of stimulant toxicity, including symptoms of psychosis, confusion, rage, cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death.  While death is a rare occurrence, the non-lethal medical complications are serious.  Between 2004 and 2009 the number of emergency room visits associated with stimulant use increased by over 200%.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Stimulant diversion is illegal and dangerous, while stimulant addiction is difficult to treat.   Stimulants are too risky to use as academic performance-enhancing drugs.

 

 

 

RESOURCES:

Cocaine Anonymous: http://www.ca.org/

Narcotics Anonymous: http://www.na.org/

Matrix Institute on Addictions: http://www.matrixinstitute.org/

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Stimulants can be important and health-promoting agents if prescribed for people with low level dopamine and norepinepherine activities (such those with ADHD), but can be dangerous in those who use them recreationally or as performance enhancers,

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Nine Strategies Successful People Use to Overcome Stress

Nine Strategies Successful People Use to Overcome Stress | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
Feeling stressed? Of course you are. You have too much on your plate, deadlines are looming, and people are counting on you. You are under a lot of pressure—so much that at times, you suspect the quality of your work suffers for it.
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What a great group of suggestions on how to reduce stress!

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Grapefruit not only food that can affect medication

Grapefruit not only food that can affect medication | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
Grapefruit and licorice among foods that may affect how some drugs work.
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C Suite Quarterly - Winter 2012-2013 digital edition

C Suite Quarterly - Winter 2012-2013 digital edition | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it
Please click to launch this digital edition.
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Read CSQ Magazine's Winter 2012-2013 interview of West Coast TMS Institute's medical director Kira Stein, MD on TMS and how it works.

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Dr. Stein's Part 7 About.com interview: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) vs. ECT

Dr. Stein's Part 7 About.com interview: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) vs. ECT | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it

Electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, has long been an effective treatment for severe depression, but side effects such as loss of memory have been a problem for many. 

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This is part 7 of a 10-part interview of me on depression treatments and TMS, published on About.com.  I think the entire series is very informative and urge you to share. -- Kira Stein, MD, West Coast TMS Institute Director

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation vs. Antidepressant Therapy

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation vs. Antidepressant Therapy | West Coast TMS Institute | Scoop.it

New on ABOUT.COM:

 

How does transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy compare to antidepressant treatment for depression?

Can TMS and antidepressants work together?

 

These and other questions are answered by Dr. Kira Stein of the West Coast TMS Institute.

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