Behavioral Healthcare Magazine: Connections and Rosecrance bring TMS therapy to Madison

Two providers of behavioral health treatment have partnered to bring cutting-edge technology in the treatment of chronic depression to the Madison area.

Connections Counseling of Madison (Madison, Wis.) and Rosecrance Health Network (Rockford, Ill.), have created the TMS Center of Madison, which will be the area’s only provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS is considered among the most significant and effective medical breakthroughs of the decade. Rosecrance has successfully treated patients in Rockford using TMS for more than 3 years.

Shelly Dutch, director of Connections Counseling, said her staff is excited to add TMS therapy to the organization’s treatment options for individuals with Major Depressive Disorder.

“This new treatment could be life-changing for individuals with depression who have struggled in vain to find medications or other treatments that work for them,” Dutch said. “Patients we have encountered who benefited from TMS speak of it in terms of being almost miraculous. Some say they found joy and satisfaction in life for the first time in years.

TMS is a non-invasive, non-systemic medical treatment for individuals suffering from depression who have not benefited from anti-depressants or who cannot take medication for some reason. The therapy can be prescribed for women who are pregnant or nursing or for individuals whose employment prevents them from taking medication. TMS is available by prescription only and therapy is supervised by a doctor. The treatment uses highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain that control mood.

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WSJ – New form of depression therapy comes to Madison

A new brain stimulation therapy for depression is coming to Madison this week.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, uses a magnetic coil positioned on the head to activate targeted brain cells.

TMS is meant for patients who haven’t been helped by medication and seek an alternative to electroconvulsive therapy, the decades-old treatment in which a seizure in induced.

Connections Counseling will open the TMS Center of Madison on Monday at its clinic on Madison’s West Side through a joint venture with Rosecrance Health Network of Rockford, Ill.

During TMS, patients sit in what looks like a dental chair while magnetic pulses, like those from an MRI machine, stimulate nerve cells thought to be involved in mood regulation.

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NBC 15 – The Face of Heroin

REPORTER: Chris Woodard
Twitter: @cwoodardnews

It's dangerous and out of control. The heroin epidemic is exploding in southern Wisconsin and more and more innocent people are being put at risk.

Many people are finding themselves in harms way and those putting them there, those who find themselves sucked into the addictive downward spiral, are far from your stereotypical dirt bag druggie.

23-year-old recovering addict John Howard says, "It just keeps getting younger and younger."

"I always thought I had high morals," says 22-year-old recovering addict Alissa Curtis.

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Five heroin overdoses in five days in Madison

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police say there have been five heroin overdoses in the past five days.

Two happened Tuesday, one in the 1800 block of Hayes Road, and the second in the Woodman's parking lot on Milwaukee Street.

Police say that case involved a group of friends who took a road trip from Stoughton to Madison to buy heroin.

On Monday, police say heroin overdoses took place on Hamilton Street and likely on South First Street. Yet another occurred Friday on Horned Owl Court.

The City of Madison and Dane County have both allotted tens of thousands of dollars in their 2012 budgets to create an Opiates Task Force.

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UW students face new drinking sanctions

MADISON (WKOW) - By Greg Neumann

Based on the school's own statistics, drinking is a way of life at UW-Madison.

Roughly two-thirds of students binge drink and University Health Service officials say it causes all kinds of problems.

"(With) the number of individuals who have an encounter with a police officer, who have unplanned sex, who get into fights, who have academic consequences..." said Tom Sieger, Director of Prevention Services for University Health.

That's why UW is adding a sanction called "BASICS."

It requires students who violate the campus alcohol policy to take two 90 minute classes with a counselor to learn about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

"It demonstrates two things," said Sieger.  "That it decreases high risk drinking among students 18 to 24 years-old and it also reduces that harm that is associated with high risk drinking."

And it comes at a cost to the students.

First-time offenders must participate in group sessions that cost $78.

Serial or more serious offenders must get one-on-one counseling at a cost of $200.

"I totally agree with it, I think students should pay for what they have done," said UW Freshman Molly Sitter.

But as you might expect, not all students share that viewpoint.

"I think a lot of times with alcohol, people aren't thinking," said UW Senior Abby Zerrien.  "And I think its such an important part of a lot of people's lives that they probably won't change regardless of fees."

"I'd understand more like, community service, like keeping the campus up to par and stuff like that, but I think counseling's just a little, little ridiculous I guess," said UW Student Dan Gaenslan.

Ridiculous or not, failing to complete two 90 minute classes within eight weeks of a violation will earn students a hold on their academic registration and transcripts.

The university also approved a new measure to help students feel less scared about helping a friend who is in trouble because of alcohol.

For instance, a student can call 911 if a friend has alcohol poisoning without receiving an underage alcohol citation if they were also drinking.


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