Category: Mood and Anxiety

Addressing an Unmet Need in Depression

By Michelle Chacon, RN Certified TMS Clinical Operator, Sierra Tucson Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental conditions in the world, affecting millions of individuals. It is estimated that approximately 4 million patients do not benefit from standard treatments for depression, even after repeated treatment attempts. In the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) – the largest collaborative study to date on depression treatment and... Read More

Empty Nest Syndrome: Healthy tips for re-fluffing your feathers

If your last child is getting ready to leave the nest, or he or she has already moved out, you might find yourself at a crossroads of emotions. Empty nest syndrome doesn’t affect every parent; one parent might endure a sense of loss while the other might find an empty house liberating. It’s common for parents to feel emotionally unprepared when their child leaves the home, having regrets about missed... Read More

The Worrier Gene

By Maureen Schwehr, NMD Director of Integrative Services Stress is ubiquitous in our society. How we respond to stress has a big impact on our physical and emotional wellbeing. Stress is almost always an initiating factor in a crisis. For years, I have suspected that some of us are genetically set up to have stress impact us more than others. With advancements in genetic testing, we are beginning to get... Read More

Depression and the Holidays

Finding peace and joy from within Typical holiday messages suggest we should be filled with gladness and good cheer. Tidings of Joy. Peace on Earth. Happy New Year. Despite holiday buzzwords and societal expectations of how this time of year should look, not everyone feels so merry and bright. From financial woes and high hopes, to shorter days and overwhelming to-do lists, this time of year can result in depression... Read More

Identifying, Screening and Treating Depression

By Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MSN Director of Medical Operations, Sierra Tucson October marks two days dedicated to highlighting depression and the potentially devastating effects of the loss of a pregnancy or child. National Depression Screening Day, on October 6, is devoted to educating the public on stigma reduction and improvement of access to treatment for individuals and families suffering from depression. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, on October... Read More

TMS: A Different Approach to Depression Treatment

By Michelle Chacon, RN TMS Coordinator at Sierra Tucson Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has arrived at Sierra Tucson, and in less than three months, has received tremendous feedback from our residents. TMS is an innovative treatment for depression that is safe, clinically proven, and non-pharmacological. For some, the idea of a non-drug, non-invasive depression treatment is radical. First cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008, TMS... Read More

The Gift of Joy

Managing Holiday Depression ‘Tis the season for parties, gatherings, and celebrations. But for many, it’s a time when stress, fatigue, and loneliness are at an all-time high. The festivities and events can exacerbate depression, making the holidays anything but happy. At Sierra Tucson, we understand the challenges that accompany this hectic time of year – especially for individuals who struggle with depressive disorders. We encourage patients and alumni of our... Read More