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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Cognitive Training During TMS Does Not Improve Depression Outcomes

Background: Cognitive training (CT) during TMS may synergistically increase neural plasticity and improve depression outcomes. The objective of this study was to test whether TMS with CT would significantly improve clinical outcomes compared to TMS without CT.

MPCC Research Provider: Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PHD

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A Cognitive Biomarker May Optimize TMS Depression Outcomes

Background: Utilizing biomarkers to predict TMS outcomes with major depressive disorder (MDD) could optimize care. One potential cognitive biomarker is reaction time to negative facial expressions, which may be faster in MDD patients compared to controls. The objective of this study was to test whether baseline reaction time to negative faces is predictive of response to TMS in MDD.

MPCC Research Provider: Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PHD

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Major Depressive Disorder

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a neurophysiologic procedure that noninvasively stimulates neural tissue. It uses electromagnetic induction, which means an electric current is passed through a coil generating a magnetic field that penetrates the skull. Evidence suggests that TMS causes long-term inhibition and excitation of neurons in certain brain areas (Cirillo et al., 2019). The stimulation impacts how the brain is working, which seems to ease depressive symptoms and improve mood.

MPCC Research Provider: Maria Karandikar, DNP, MSN, ANP-C

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Social Media Screening Questionnaire to identify high‐risk adult psychiatric patients

High utilization of social media applications has been linked to higher levels of psychiatric distress. As of 2018, 68% of adults in the United States have a Facebook (FB) account, 78% of young adults (age, 18–24) use Snapchat, and 71% of young adults use Instagram. As social media use has risen over the last decade, psychiatric providers have had increasing concern about the impact on psychiatric distress.

MPCC Research Provider: Cara Lutzow, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

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Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas. Please note that we plan to be open for appointments; however, be aware that power outages may be widespread which may impact telehealth and other appointments. We may not know until the last minute in all of our locations on Tuesday. Please be patient. We will waive missed appointment charges on Tuesday, August 4th in light of complications from the weather. If you and your provider are unable to connect, we will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.