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Increased Volume and New Services Spur Change in McLean’s Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program

On any given day at McLean’s Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program, some 50 patients come through the door for ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), 20 or more for TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), and about four for the program’s new ketamine infusion service. “That’s a lot of people,” said Teresa Henderson, RN, “and our program had to make some changes to make sure we could handle that volume...

Fighting Depression: TMS and ECT are Sought-After Treatments

Elizabeth See struggled with depression for more than a decade when, in November 2014, she was diagnosed with Goodpasture syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease that attacks the kidneys and lungs. A tennis professional, she suddenly found her livelihood and passion restricted by physical constraints and regular dialysis treatments. TMS and ECT are increasingly sought-after treatments for depression...

A TMS Patient Loses Hope Midway Through Her Treatment

My name is Amy Widding, and I have been working as a nurse in the Psychiatric Neurotherapeutic Program (PNP) for almost three years. I work two days a week in the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) clinic and once a week in the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) clinic. I began here as a new graduate and feel lucky to have started my career under the wings of the outstanding nurses in the PNP....

Successfully Treating Depression and Other Mental Illnesses Through Non-Pharmacologic Technologies at McLean Hospital

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)—a highly effective intervention for chronic depression, mania, and schizophrenia—and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)—used for severe depression—are increasingly becoming viable options for successfully treating patients, especially those who may not respond well to medication. “Patients are increasingly looking for alternative solutions when medications...

Depression Treatment Is ‘A Miracle’ For One Patient

Martha Keith leans back in what looks like a dentist chair as Heather Gallagher, RN, takes scalp measurements to pinpoint exactly where electric pulses will be aimed. Gallagher then brings a nearby machine’s electromagnetic coil next to Keith’s head and turns on the device. Keith closes her eyes and relaxes as the machine makes quiet clicking sounds. Oscar Morales, MD, Keith’s doctor, comes into...

Paula Bolton, MS, APRN-BC

Paula Bolton, MS, APRN-BC, has been a nurse practitioner in the Internal Medicine Department at McLean Hospital for over 25 years. Her clinical practice has focused on health promotion and disease prevention for psychiatric patients. She has worked with inpatients, residential patients and outpatients with a special interest in providing medical care for patients at risk for metabolic syndrome....

Oscar G. Morales, MD

Oscar G. Morales, MD, is medical director of the McLean Hospital TMS Service, the first in the Harvard/Partners Healthcare system dedicated to psychiatric treatments and investigation. He is responsible for all TMS activities, including clinical, training, and current investigation of TMS in treating psychiatric disorders. Dr. Morales is on the faculty for the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry...