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Avoid Antidepressant Side Effects

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Many of the most common antidepressants carry a risk of unpleasant side effects. These include:

  • Nausea,
  • Dizziness,
  • Constipation,
  • Anxiety or restlessness,
  • Blurred vision,
  • Weight gain,
  • Decreased libido,
  • Fatigue, and
  • Insomnia.

There are plenty of coping strategies to minimize these side effects, and thankfully, most people don’t experience all of them. However, for a small portion of the population, the side effects caused by antidepressants are severe and disruptive to daily life.

A promising solution for these individuals is TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), a non-surgical, non-systemic therapy that targets the brain directly. If you’re suffering from severe side effects from your antidepressant medication, contact us at the Sutton Place TMS center to learn more about how to manage your depression symptoms without sacrificing your well-being in other areas of your life.

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An Alternative to Antidepressants

TMS therapy for PTSD, PPD, anxiety and more

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Depression is an illness that affects more than 14 million adults in the United States. Since each individual is unique, medication will not always help alleviate the burden of depression. Additionally, a medication’s side effects can have a negative impact on the body.

An alternative to medication, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to activate brain cells in the prefrontal cortex. As the magnetic fields move into the brain, they produce small electrical currents that activate cells which are then thought to release neurotransmitters.

Sutton Place TMS Center

Sutton Place TMS Center in New York City, New York specializes in TMS therapy for patients who are not getting the desired results from their antidepressants. Find out if TMS therapy is right for you. Visit www.suttonplacetms.com for more information about Sutton Place TMS Center and their dedicated, professional staff.

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Mood Boosting Activities

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Activities When You Need a Mood Boost

If you are having a bad day or just feeling stressed out take some time out of your busy schedule to make yourself feel better. It will not only benefit you but the people in your life as well. Here is a list of some activities that will lighten your spirits:
• Go Out in Nature and Exercise
• Listen to Uplifting Music
• Surround Yourself with Lavender and Orange Scents
• Pursue a Hobby
Depression, however is a serious topic and in many cases will need more help than just fresh air and a hobby. Sutton Place is here with the best depression treatment in NYC. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, please give us a call today.

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Detecting Depression

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Depression is a common disorder that affects millions of people all over the world. There are treatments out there that can help, however they are rarely utilized by people suffering from depression. It is imperative that you are able to read the signs whether in yourself or a loved one.
Here is a list of 5 common symptoms to be looking out for that signify the possibility of depression
1. The loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
2. An overwhelming sense of hopelessness coupled with an overly pessimistic attitude
3. Decreased energy levels
4. Insomnia
5. Persistent sadness or anxiety
It is not something to be ashamed of and you owe it to yourself to get treatment! Sutton Place TMS Center can help you or a loved one with your depression. Check out our website for more information

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Relief from Depression with TMS Therapy

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Those who suffer from depression understand how harrowing it is to live with on a daily basis. While therapy and medication can alleviate your symptoms, sometimes those are not enough. Sessions with a therapist may not offer relief. Medications can wreak havoc on other areas of your life, physical and sexual.
Sutton Place provides individuals with depression with another option, TMS treatment. Magnetic fields on the left prefrontal cortex. By focusing on this part of the brain, this 40-minute, non-invasive procedure will alleviate your depression.
For additional information about our treatment, please peruse our site or contact our office at 212.935.1423

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TMS Therapy for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia – Featured on CBS News New York

Fibromyalgia can be a painful and debilitating illness, often presenting with co-morbid depression / other mood disorders. Limited efficacy and significant side-effects from pharmacotherapy and surgical intervention has spurred great interest in the use of TMS Therapy, a non-invasive virtual side effect free as a primary and adjunctive treatment.

The below video is CBS News medical journalist, Dr. Max Gomez, interview with Dr. Alan Manevitz, MD, and Dr. James Halper on the research and clinical experience of TMS in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The following video features the interviews with each of the doctors and fibromyalgia sufferer Jeffrey and his relief of symptoms through TMS Therapy treatments.

Clinical Research of Fibromyalgia treatment with rTMS
We have recently submitted several case studies for publication on the use of TMS Therapy in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia. We will update this data in a future blog once it is accepted. Our results parallel these results published in Neurology –The Official Journal of the Academy of Neurology. *Results of Randomized trial evaluating QoL and its brain metabolic substrate.
• Thirty Eight Patients were randomized to TMS Therapy and Sham Treatment
• 14 treatments were given over a 10 week period.
• The study conclude that rTMS improves QoL compared to sham.

*The complete abstract can be reviewed at Neurology Click Here.

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Beating the Winter Blues!

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Winter Blues can be sub-clinical depression or may be a Major Depression Disorder known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.  Winter Blues and SAD can be linked directly to our exposure to sunlight, or in this case lack of
This winter we have seen colder days, higher than normal snow levels and more clouds. These weather results may reduce our body’s exposure to sunlight by increasing our time indoors and reducing exposure when outdoors.

 

Why is sunlight important to our bodies?

We know that sunlight impacts many aspects of the physiology in the body.  With reduced sunlight we have a delay in our circadian rhythm (our body’s internal clock). This natural clock tells us when to awake and when to sleep.   The need for sunlight also impacts an important brain chemical – called Serotonin. Serotonin levels are one of the three important brain chemicals which affect mood. Reduced sunlight reduces serotonin levels- there by reducing our positive mood.

Melatonin, which is a natural hormone that plays a role in the sleep pattern, also is impacted by our exposure to light.  Significant dim light and darkness can increase Melatonin levels which cause us to be sleepy or “depressed” during the day.

Interesting facts about the Winter Blues

  • Seasonal affective disorder increases in occurrence as we go further away from the equator. In Florida during the winter months approximately 1% of the population experiences SAD, while in the Northeast and Alaska rates are as high as 10%.
  • Subclinical depression (Doldrums / Winter Blues) impacts about 25% of the population in areas where seasonal change is significant.
  • SAD can occur during the warmer months for some, but the symptoms are different.

 What can you do to reduce the impact of the Winter Blues?

  • Gain exposure to sunlight by either spending 20 -30 minutes outside twice per week or to use an artificial light source. Many companies offer “light boxes” which provide full spectrum light.  Do your research and follow the manufacturer’s instruction.
  • Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important in the production of Serotonin. It is recommended to see your physician to have your Vitamin D level tested and adjusted as appropriate.
  • Socially interaction is important. Schedule time with friends to go out, watch TV, play cards, or go see a movie. Do not allow yourself to spend all your time alone without some social activities.
  • Hydrate– Drink plenty of liquids. Your body still uses and loses fluids during the winter months.
  • Eliminate Alcohol – Alcohol is a depressant and causes dehydration (also eliminate and self-medicating drugs.)
  • Be physically active – Schedule time to exercise or some physical activity. Physical activity activates feel-good chemicals in the body
Lastly- if you find your symptoms are clearly of a more clinical nature- seek the help of a health care professional. Depression is a real illness with many resources to get you well.

 

You Can Also View Dr. Manevitz on the Today Show Dr. Alan Manevitz discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder, Winter Blahs and Winter Blues with Katie Couric on NBC’s Today Show.

 

 About Dr. Alan Manevitz

Dr. Manevitz is recognized nationally for his clinical skills and excellence in helping patients who are not receiving full benefit of current treatments. He is often consulted by colleagues for illnesses difficult to diagnose and new treatment approaches for treatment resistant disease. He and his colleague, James Halper M.D., are recognized by patients and colleagues as one of the most internationally experienced clinical providers of TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).

Dr. Manevitz has been named amongst the “Top Doctors in America” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., “Top Doctors: New York Metro Area”, “Top Doctors on Long Island” New York Time’s “Super Doctors”, “New York Magazine’s Best Doctors”, Vital Sign’s “Best Physician”, and “Best Doctors of America”. Click Here for Dr. Alan Manevitz Full Biography.

About TMS Therapy®

TMS Therapy is a non-systemic (does not circulate throughout the body) and non-invasive (does not involve surgery) form of neuromodulation. It stimulates nerve cells in an area of the brain that has been linked to depression by delivering highly- focused MRI-strength magnetic field pulses.  The TMS Medical Associates of NY has presented personal clinical data of their first 100 patients. Results reveal a 90 percent response rate and 71% remission rate.  The treatment is typically administered daily for 4-6 weeks.  TMS Therapy is available by prescription only. There is a rare risk of seizure associated with TMS (0.1% per acute treatment course). For full safety and prescribing information, visit www.NeuroStar.com and www.TMSproviders.com.

 About TMS Medical Associates of NY 

TMS Medical Associates of New York was established as the first Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation clinical practice in New York City by doctors Alan Manevitz and James Halper. Their vision and expertise has gained national and international recognition for their leadership in providing innovative treatment approaches for depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD and other mental health conditions.

Alan Manevitz, MD and James Halper, MD regularly publish clinical success results in leading forums including the American Psychiatric Association and the Clinical TMS Society. Recent data presented by TMS Medical Associates of NY demonstrated a 71% remission rate (no symptoms) in patients who had not received full relief with numerous antidepressant medications. Clinical results can be reviewed by visiting tmsproviders.com.

Contact Information:

60 Sutton Place South, Suite 1CN,

New York, NY 10022

1.212.935.1423

Our office is conveniently located at, at the Southwest corner of 54th Street and Sutton Place South.

 

 

 

 

 

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CBS News Interview – with Dr. Manevitz

Dr. Alan Manevitz is interviewed by Dr. Max Gomez on the recent study of successfully treating depression and insomnia at the same time, doubling success rates.

“They [researchers] started treating the insomnia right at the same time they started treating the depression and by treating both simultaneously they doubled the remission rate,” explained Dr. Alan Manevitz, Lenox Hill Hospital.

 

Dr. Max Gomez: Helping Depressed Patients Get Some Sleep

Development Could Make A Huge Difference For Many Depression Sufferers

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A major development that could make a difference for many people fighting depression is completely drug free.

Insomnia is an extremely common problem associated with depression. It affects more than half of the 18-million depressed patients in the country, CBS 2′s Dr. Max Gomez reported, and it looks like treating insomnia could make a huge difference in fighting depression.

“I have been suffering from depression for quite some time and it’s almost impossible to sleep,” Michelle said.

Michelle said that she would go for days or weeks without sleeping if she didn’t take her sleep medication and it made her depression worse.

“It can make you not focused and irritable. It can make you feel not part of the community of the world. It can make you feel like an alien,” she said.

It is unclear whether insomnia is a symptom or a cause of depression but a number of studies are looking at whether treating insomnia with special talk therapy can make a difference in depression.

Click Here to Read the Article and View Dr. Manevitz’ Video Comments

 

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Dr. Manevitz interviewed by Health Day to Stop Smoking using TMS Therapy

“Manevitz thinks using [TMS Therapy] it to help people stop smoking makes sense. Other studies, he noted, have found that stimulating an area of the brain called the insula can reduce the desire to smoke.  Adding brain stimulation to other smoking cessation methods like nicotine substitution might make it even more effective,” he said.

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