U.S. News on TMS for Depression

Great article from U.S. News on TMS Therapy as a leading form of treatment for depression

It’s been called “brain zapping” and “jumper cables for the mind.” Scientists prefer the more professional-sounding neologism electroceuticals. Whatever you call it, the interest in using electricity to treat certain types of mental disorders, including depression, is growing rapidly. That’s because numerous studies over the past several years show that it works.

The National Institute of Mental Health says conservatively that brain stimulation therapies “can play a role in treating certain mental disorders.” Brain stimulation therapies, the NIMH explains, involve activating or inhibiting the brain directly with electricity. The electricity can be given directly by electrodes implanted in the brain or noninvasively through electrodes placed on the scalp. The electricity can also be induced by using magnetic fields applied to the head. “While these types of therapies are less frequently used than medication and psychotherapies, they hold promise for treating certain mental disorders that do not respond to other treatments,” the NIMH concludes.

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Magnetic-field stimulation is especially useful in treating depression, its advocates say. One particularly strong advocate of this treatment is Marom Bikson, a professor of biomedical engineering at the City College of the City University of New York. “It is not mainstream yet, and most providers are not using it yet, but the ones who are really have studied it and embraced it as a good option for their patients,” Bikson says. “Some are even specializing in it.”

Magnetic Possibilities



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There are two main types of magnetic therapies. The first, called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, or rTMS, involves using a wand attached by cable to a wall outlet. The wand is positioned over the head and delivers magnetically generated electricity to the brain. "The magnetic field travels through the hair, skin and skull because they do not conduct electricity," says Dr. Joan A. Camprodon, director of neuropsychiatry and neuromodulation at Harvard Medical School and director of the transcranial magnetic stimulation clinical service at Massachusetts General Hospital. "When it gets to the surface of the brain it interacts with brain cells, which do conduct electricity. The brain's neurons act as a pickup coil and turn the field back into electricity, which forces the neurons to fire."

The second, called transcranial direct-current stimulation, or tDCS, is a smartphone-sized unit that contains its own 9-volt battery. Two wires with electrodes extend from the device and are placed on the head.

“Both use electricity, but the way they deliver electricity is very different,” Bikson says. rTMS produces more intense stimulation, about 200 milliamps, but over a short duration of a few seconds. The electric current coming out of a tDCS device is about 2 milliamps, which is about a tenth of the current used by a night light, but it is delivered for an extended period of time, about 20 minutes. (By way of comparison, electroconvulsive therapy uses about 800 milliamps, which is enough to cause a controlled seizure.)

Electrical stimulation works because the brain is an electrical organ, Bikson says. “The connections are electrical, and all brain function and dysfunction can be conceived of as how this electrical system functions.” Shocking the brain changes that system. “If you do it right, that can produce after effects, so when you’re done the brain has changed,” he says.

Depression, he says, is believed to be caused by electrical dysfunction of one region of the brain, known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. “The notion is that that part of the brain is not as active in a depressed patient as in a healthy individual, so stimulation applies electricity to try to boost its function to behave more like a normal dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.”

[Read: How Do I Know If I Have Depression?]

Just Scratching the Surface

In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration approved rTMS as a treatment for major depression for patients who do not respond to at least one antidepressant medication in the current episode. A large clinical trial, funded by NIMH and published in 2010, found that 14 percent of depression patients achieved remission with rTMS compared to 5 percent with a placebo treatment. Camprodon adds that about 70 percent of those who improve with treatment are still better a year later.



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Its counterpart, tDCS, has not been approved yet by the FDA. It is a newer technology, discovered only around 2000, Bikson says. “The overall consensus is that it shows promise for depression, but it has not yet had the multicenter trials that would get it FDA approval,” he says. If and when it is, it has the potential to be prescribed as an at-home treatment, whereas TMS will likely remain based in a clinical setting, Camprodon says.

[Read: What High-Tech Tools Are Available to Fight Depression?]

Electrical stimulation is not a first-line treatment option. But for those suffering major depression, it can be a life-saver when nothing else helps, Bikson believes. “Something that can transform the life of one person is in a sense revolutionary. There is strong evidence that, for some individuals who failed to respond to everything else, stimulation doesn’t necessarily cure them but it puts them on a path toward healing and rebuilding their life. Because of that I am really enthusiastic. It is not for everyone, it is not going to replace drug therapy, but in my mind it could be as big as drug therapy.”

Bikson sees great strides being made in the coming years. “We are at baby aspirin levels of dosage and flip-phone levels of technology,” he says. “We have not even scratched the surface. We haven’t seen anything yet in the potential of electroceuticals.”

Former NFL Player on Opioids, Addiciton & Depression

Really great open discussion from former NFL players on opioids, addiction, depression, and alternative forms of care like medical marijuana.  Huge endorsement for alternative care! If only they knew about TMS Therapy...


Check out the full video below!

Wellness Wednesday: Wellness Guidelines for Pain

New non-drug guidelines have been released by The American College of Physicians for chronic or recurring back pain. And they include a lot of regular wellness care services!

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The Listed Procedures Include...

 ✔️  Superficial Heat

✔️  Massage, Acupuntcure & Chiropractic

✔️  Stretching & Yoga

✔️  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

✔️  Fitness & Exercise

And more! 

[B]oth mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy proved more effective than “usual care” in relieving chronic low back pain and improving patients’ function.
— Dr. Daniel Cherkin (Lead Researcher, Kaiser Permanente Washington)

It is amazing how quick our medical culture is to prescribe pain meds or to recommend surgery for pain.  Both forms of treatment have their place and can offer symptom relief or help correct a problem, but we often forget to consider the natural remedies available for pain because we are instead blinded by the prospect of a 'quick fix'. Just remember, pain meds (Opioids in particular) can be the root of additional ailments like addiction and depression. This is why it is so great to see treatment guidelines for pain shifting towards what has been considered alternative care in the past.  Just because it is alternative does not mean that it's not proven or that it's not scientific... You are your own greatest Health advocate!.


Brody, J. E. (2017, September 11). Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from

CBD to Reduce Inflammation and Symptoms of Depression

CBD activates the body's internal cannabinoid system to repair cellular damage and to reduce inflammation

Here are some helpful CBD FAQ responses from the team over at C.G. Hempley

This research team at Emory used synthetic drugs to target inflammation, but they were able to reduce the inflammatory symptoms of depression by doing so.  Dr. Andrew Miller, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory, also goes into how measures of inflammation can be used as a diagnostic tool for cases of depression. 

The Healing House is now regularly offering Charlotte's Web CBD so that it is regularly available for all things inflammation.  CBD is not known to be an addictive substance which is why it serves as a great alternative to a lot of pain meds and other pharmaceutical drugs.

TBT: The Fight Against Opioids

In 2015, 15,000 people were reported to have lost their lives due to prescription opioids overdose.


⇰ A petition has been filed to ban daily-dose prescriptions that are above 90 milligrams of morphine

⇰ The CDC reported that high-level doses do not improve pain control or the ability to function

⇰Opana ER has been pulled from the market this past July after an HIV and hepatitis C outbreak. 

President Trump is now declaring that opioid abuse is a national epidemic.  There will be a ton of fall out around the decisions made on how to fix this problem, but hopefully we can arrive at better and more holistic treatment options.  Remember, TMS Therapy is a proven and more effective alternative to pharmaceuticals! 

(Even though it is still only FDA Approved for MDD)


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Wellness Wednesday: Stress

high levels of stress can cause health problems, but stress can have a positive impact on your health as well. 


How to Use Stress to Your Advantage?

☑️  See stress as your body's way of preparing you to excel

☑️  Gradual exposure to small stressors can serve as a great foundation for handling life's bigger stressors which are inevitable

☑️  Regular exercise is very effective in reducing the irritability that comes with stress

The best way to manage stress isn’t to reduce or avoid it, but rather to rethink and even embrace it.
— Dr. McGonigal, Author of “The Upside of Stress"

Turning stress into an indicator for when to take Action or using it as a motivator to make necessary changes can be life-altering.


Parker-Pope, T. (n.d.). How to Be Better at Stress. Retrieved September 05, 2017, from

TBT: pH & Panic Disorders?

 Is your body's pH contributing to panic attacks?

⭕️  Research at the University of Cincinnati has found a correlation between acidosis, an excessively acid condition of the body's fluids or tissues, and panic attacks. 

⭕️  Gene-8 (TDAG8) receptors are associated with T-cell death, and an increasing presence of these receptors correlates to more severe panic attacks.

⭕️  Further research is needed to determine how the presence of these receptors is influenced by genetics versus environmental factors.

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Reducing acidity in the body is proven to reduce inflammation and to improve the overall health of the human body.  Good to know that better balanced alkalinity might be experienced as more immediate relief from the symptoms of anxiety. 


Nauert, R. (2017, August 25). Progress Toward Identifying Biological Source for Panic Disorder. Retrieved August 29, 2017, from

Wellness Wednesday: How to talk to your child about disasters like Harvey

 ⇰  Consider your child's age. 

⇰  Ask your child what they have already heard about the incident

⇰  Listen, be honest, and focus on the fundamentals of the events☂️

⇰  Reassure them by saying things like, “It is ok if this bothers you; we are here to support each other.”

⇰  Maintain routine to provide normalcy for your child

⇰  Spend extra time together and encourage your child to express his or her feelings around the experience and appropriate exposure

Lend a hand to those affected!

Our thoughts and prayers with everyone in Houston


Crist, C. (2017, August 09). Pediatricians offer strategies for talking to kids about bad news. Retrieved August 29, 2017, from

Moreno MA. How to Talk to Your Children About Tragedies in the News. JAMA Pediatr. Published online August 07, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.2351


TBT: The Nun Study

In 1986, Professor David Snowden started studying the onset of Alzheimer's among 678 nuns. 

While the study is still in progress, his work has indicated that there are certain lifetime behaviors and/or tendencies that can influence the onset of Alzheimers later in life.


Autobiographies with "Idea density" and a positive outlook

Dr. Snowden believes that idea density and positivity have something to do with Alzheimer's prevention.  This ongoing longitudinal study focuses on an ideal population in terms of a uniform lifestyle amongst its subjects (the nuns). And because lifetime journaling is regular for nuns, Dr. Snowden has been able to use journal entries from early adulthood as a reference to identify things like idea density (complexity, vivacity, fluency, etc.) and positive thinking. What he continues to find is that these two variables are key indicators in determining which subjects developed Alzheimer's later in life. In fact, roughly 80% of the nuns identified as lacking linguistic density and positive thinking went on to develop Alzheimer's later in life, compared to only 10% amongst those not lacking. Confirmation bias could certainly be at play, but these figures definitely give legitimacy to how reinforcing neural pathways can preserve the function of the human brain.  Some nuns are even calling for further structural analysis of the brain...


“Through brain donation, we can help unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease"

- Sister R. Schwalbe


The nun study might be creating More questions than it is answers, but it is building a strong case for keeping the brain active.  It's good to know there there are behaviors to work towards that can better create longevity and overall mental capacity.


Belluck, P. (2001, May 06). Nuns Offer Clues to Alzheimer's and Aging. Retrieved August 23, 2017, from

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HH Services: Tips on Finding the Right Therapist for You

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.
— David Richo

1. Ask friends and family for referrals. 

2. Find out what type of therapy is right for you (unconscious motivation, cognitive therapist, family-oriented systems, etc.)

3. Shop online or call a practice to see what their counseling philosophies are all about.

4. Pick a therapist based on the quality of the therapeutic relationship and then create a regular relationship that is convenient to you, not the other way around.

5. Notice how you feel while talking to them, but understand that it is normal to feel nervous and awkward the first time when speaking with a licensed counselor.  Remember, everything is confidential by law!


At The Healing House, we like coupling our counseling care with Biosound Therapy to reinforce breathwork with biofeedback and to visualize mindfulness with fun games or brain wave imaging.  

The first session is always at a discounted rate so that a proper therapeutic relationship can be established :)

Call 407-701-4500 for more!


Cleantis, T. (2011, February 16). How to Find the Best Therapist for You. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from


TBT: Exposure Therapy through Virtual Reality

➲  Exposure Therapy is a technique used in which patients mentally revisit a traumatic experience or a phobia with the emotional guidance of a therapist. 

➲  The company Limbix is working to fully engage patients during Exposure Therapy by utilizing Google Virtual Reality Goggles and a smartphone. 

➲ Limbix will not only be used to help individuals with a fear of heights, flying, or bridges, but it will also be used to help coach individual through a particular traumatic event by them back to the location of the event through virtual reality. 

The prospect of combining psychotherapy and virtual reality is a real game changer.  Exciting things to come!


[Limbix, Inc.]. (2017, Jun. 15) Limbix: Modern Therapy Tools. [Video File]. Retrieved from

Metz, C. (2017, July 30). A New Way for Therapists to Get Inside Heads: Virtual Reality. Retrieved August 09, 2017, from

HH Services: Improving Confidence with Body Language

Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become.
— Amy Cuddy, Harvard Psychology Professor

 ✔️ Smiling to feel happier or dressing up for an interview to be on top of your game actually work!

 ✔️ Practice Mindfulness by staying in the moment and knowing nothing is perfect.

 ✔️ Use body language to your advantage! Standing tall like Super Woman will cause your brain to release chemicals that increase and stabilize your confidence. 

Really cool stuff that you can let your body trick your mind into feeling more confident.


Kaplan, E. (2017, April 07). How to Replace Your Self-Doubt With Unshakeable Confidence. Retrieved August 08, 2017, from

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HH Services: Are You Approaching Gratitude the Right Way?

Is there a problem with how we are perceiving gratitude? John Monterosso, Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Southern California and the author of "The Trouble With Gratitude" says that people can achieve better sustained gratitude by working on their very perception of it.

Monterosso claims that sustained gratitude's best sources are ultimately: 

1) focusing on interpersonal relationships and

2) a Mindful awareness of the moment

We regularly focus on identifying sources of gratitude in our Counseling and Biofeedback services at The HH.  And our providers will tell you that it's almost equally important to learn how to forgive yourself for 'not feeling grateful enough', which is another point that this article touched on.  Apparently practicing gratitude, like anything else, can be a process.   


Monterosso, J. (2017, July 21). A Psychology and Neuroscience Professor Explains What We Get Wrong About Gratitude. Retrieved July 31, 2017, from

TBT: Heads Together

William, Catherine, and I started this campaign because we saw that fear of judgment, stigma, and outdated prejudice meant that too many people stayed quiet about their mental health challenges. I’ve seen the threat these fear and stigma imposes on my work with veterans and my former army friends.
— Prince Harry of Wales, Co-Found of Heads Together

  📌  Duke and Duchess William and Kate, as well as Prince Harry, found a common thread of mental health as the challenge behind numerous problems in society.  

📌   The Heads Together campaign is working with charities to break the stigma and provide help for individuals dealing with mental illnesses. 


Click the button below to read more about Heads Together and how you can get involved!

Great to see big names getting involved with mental health awareness!


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HH Services: 3000 Pulses Later with Martha Rhodes

It’s almost like the reinvention of Martha. And that’s a great feeling.
— Martha Rhodes, Author of 3000 Pulses Later

 ▪️  In 2009 Martha Rhodes discovered TMS Therapy as a treatment option for depression.

 ▪️  After going through 6 weeks of treatment, Rhodes was able to successfully achieve full remission from what had been a very treatment-resistant case of Major Depressive Disorder prior to that.

 ▪️ In her autobiography, 3000 Pulses Later, Rhodes talks about her experience before and after completing TMS Therapy and specifically about her remarkable turnaround as a result of this treatment.

3,000 pulses to the left prefrontal cortex is the best treatment going for depression.  Double the effectiveness of any antidepressant on the market with no side effects other than mild scalp discomfort!  Plus, you can stay on the meds that work well for you.  We are grateful for champions of this therapy like Martha!


[Emory University]. (2016, Jan. 6). OTT: TMS - Depression, TMS & Emory. [Video File] Retrieved from

Martha Rhodes; a TMS Success Story | Part I. (2013, April 05). Retrieved July 24, 2017, from

TBT: 13 Reasons Why

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→   The Netflix original series, "13 Reasons Why" has become the most tweeted about show in 2017. 

→   The drama-mystery series based on the novel by Jay Asher focuses on the story of a teen who commits suicide. 

→   The number of teens and young children that have been hospitalized for suicidal thoughts and actions has doubled in the past decade. Naturally, parents are concerned about how this series may affect its viewers, an already vulnerable population.  

Harvard Health has written an article on 5 recommended topics to cover with your child if they are watching "13 Reasons Why". 

Harvard Health's Physician Editor is being proactive with proper mental health education that counters how this series is potentially normalizing depression for teens.  Make sure to check it out!


McCarthy, M. C. (2017, May 03). 5 things to tell your child about 13 Reasons Why. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from

Peterson, K. (2017, May 08). The controversy behind Netflix's teen-suicide drama '13 Reasons Why' - and why it's hitting close to home. Retrieved July 17, 2017, from

Scutti, S. (2017, May 05). 'Alarming' rise in children hospitalized with suicidal thoughts or actions. Retrieved July 17, 2017, from

Wellness Wednesday: Should Days Off for Mental Health Count as Sick Days?

I wasn’t expecting the exposure, but I am so glad I was able to have such a positive impact on so many people.
— Ben Congelton, CEO of Olark Live Chat

😷 😷 😷

🔅  1 in 6 Americans are medicated for mental health.

🔅  The CEO of Olark Live Chat encourages his employees to take sick days not only for physical illnesses but also for mental illnesses. 

🔅  Without a healthy mind, workers are not able to perform to their full capabilities. 

It's always tricky balancing the burden of life's inevitable expenses and proper self care.  But sometimes you have to put your own gas mask on first to ensure that you are able to maintain career challenges.


P. (2017, July 10). A Boss' Response to an Employee Taking a Mental Health Day Is Going Viral. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from

Miller, S. G. (2016, December 13). 1 in 6 Americans Takes a Psychiatric Drug. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from

HH Services: Growth of NeuroStar

👍  Another NeuroStar success story in the testimonial below 👇

✔️  806 treatment sites currently in the USA alone 

✔️  NeuroStar can be found all over North America and has a particularly strong presence in the United States and in Japan.  There are positive growth trends internationally as the demand increases for neurostar and for TMS therapy in general now that the care benefits are better understood.  

✔️  The US has seen a 20% growth in NeuroStar systems in the past year. 

Great things are in motion with some serious momentum for NeuroStar TMS Therapy!


NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy Depression Outcomes Registry Surpasses 500 Patient Milestone. (2017, May 22). Retrieved July 10, 2017, from

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Wellness Wednesday: Morning Routines

Morning routine for the CEO of Twitter includes:

1. Meditating for 30 minutes. 

2. Working out 30minutes. 

3. Drinks coffee. 

4. Checks Twitter for the news.

5. Walks for an hour to work. 

For Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, wellness is his top priority.  And while business success has helped make it possible for Jack to have time in the day to focus on his own well-being, he claims that it's also the very thing that allows him to stay on top of his game.  Daily routine requires great discipline any way you cut it, and few succeed without it.   

It's important to note how Jack only uses Twitter as a part of his morning routine to read the news. Social media is truly revolutionary the way we are able to connect to almost anyone in the world within seconds! But this kind of accessibility can also be very consuming, so keep social media on your own terms.  Customize it, and use it how you want to.  But then carve out time to give your mind a break and an opportunity to unplug from technology.  This helps avoid things like focus fatigue and anxiety.

 😌 😌 😌


Wagner, K. (2017, June 21). Why Twitter's Jack Dorsey chose computer science over becoming mayor of New York. Retrieved June 30, 2017, from

TBT: New Age of Anxiety

Nearly 38% of girls and 26% of boys between the ages of 13 to 17 suffer from a diagnosable Anxiety condition today.  There has been a Depression epidemic since the 80s, and there is a natural interplay between these two conditions, so there is no doubt that Anxiety has been prevalent in the past as well.  But have we dawned on a new age of Anxiety? A popular article from the New York Times earlier this month discusses how Anxiety meds like Xanax are now rivaling Depression meds like Prozac because of the Anxiety-inducing world that we experience in 2017.