Depression is the second most common illness seen among veterans — one in eight to 10 veterans visiting a primary care physician has major depression disorder (MDD) that requires treatment. (1,2) In fact, depression plagues veterans so much that the US Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that approximately 20…

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment option for mental health disorders, such as depression. Although TMS is only FDA-approved for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression (2008) and OCD (2018), many doctors including myself support the off-label use of TMS to treat other mental health and behavioral conditions. (1,…

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Medicaid Does Not Cover TMS in New York State (But Medicare Does) Patients frequently contact our office and ask whether their New York state Medicaid plan will cover TMS. Unfortunately, our answer is always “not yet.” As of 2019, Medicaid covers several different treatments for depression – including medication and…

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Learn How You Can Make a Difference Mental Health Awareness Month is a time of the year dedicated to raising awareness about mental health conditions in order to reduce the stigma surrounding them, promote practices that support emotional well-being, and to encourage more people suffering from mental health conditions to…

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One of the most common questions we are asked here at Madison Avenue TMS & Psychiatry is, “How long until I see results with TMS?” The shortest answer is: The time it takes to notice results with TMS depends on each patient. Are there reasons why some people notice a…

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How the TMS Helmet You’ve Seen on Social Media Works, and Why I Don’t Use It Thanks to some recent viral social media posts, the internet has been buzzing about the “depression helmet,” which is actually a method of delivering transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, also called TMS,…

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a painless non-invasive treatment method used to relieve symptoms of major depression. TMS has been proven by numerous studies to successfully reduce symptoms of depression without the adverse effects associated with antidepressant medications. (1,2) But until recently, there has been little research on understanding the…

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Depression can happen to anyone, at any age and any time. Unfortunately, it can also happen to women when pregnant and is sometimes accompanied by feelings of anxiety, stress, and fear. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that between 14 and 23 percent of pregnant women experience depression.…

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Major depressive disorder affects more than 16 million adults in the United States. (1) Standard therapies for major depression include antidepressant medications and talk therapy. However, many patients don’t find relief from depressive symptoms with traditional treatments — this is referred to as treatment resistant depression (TRD). The acknowledgment that…

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We are happy to announce that Dr. Woo will be attending the Clinical TMS Society’s annual meeting of 2019 in Vancouver from Thursday, February 21 until Saturday, February 23. This gathering of TMS researchers, industry experts, and the most experienced providers of transcranial magnetic stimulation is world-renowned for its workshops, demonstrations,…

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