On Friday, December 8, 2017, Dr. Satish Kulkarni presented a lecture on TMS: An Effective Treatment for Depression to an audience of nearly 200 people at CenterPointe Hospital. TMS is a non-invasive , non-medication, outpatient treatment that is FDA-approved for the treatment of Major Depression. TMS is one of the newest and most innovative treatment approaches in the field of psychiatry, offering new hope for individuals who depression has not yet been effectively treated. TMS uses magnetic fields to stimulate targeted nerve cells in the brain rendered inactive by depression. Highly focused magnetic pulses pass painlessly through the skull, non-invasively stimulating the target area. The technology used in TMS is similar to MRI and has a long, documented history of supporting its safety and use. The course of treatment for TMS is 4-6 weeks and is conducted in the comfort of a physician’s office. Each session lasts approximately 40 minutes, although new technology will soon decrease the length of treatment...Read More >
CenterPointe Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Chelsea Sia as TMS Coordinator. Chelsea is a Registered Nurse who has spent most of her career working in hospital settings as a psychiatric nurse. In addition, for 4 years Chelsea has specialized in providing treatment for individuals who suffer from depression and she is excited about the opportunity to assist in achieving optimal outcomes for patients who suffer from treatment-resistant depression. Chelsea graduated from Lakeview College of Nursing in Eastern Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Chelsea is passionate about TMS and using an intervention that is innovative, non-invasive and effective. As TMS Coordinator, Chelsea is responsible for guiding clients throughout their course of treatment, including the initial point of contact, financial options, treatment initiation and treatment completion. Please join us in welcoming Chelsea Sia as TMS Coordinator!
Two CenterPointe Staff received a VOYCE Caregiver Award at the VOYCE Caregiver Award Luncheon held at the St. Louis Renaissance Hotel on November 30, 2017. Danielle Hoernschemeyer and Nathan Seaton, both Mental Health Technicians on the Silver Lining Geriatric Program at CenterPointe Hospital, received awards for their dedication to seniors who are entrusted to their care. Debby Monson, Director of Nursing, stated “Danielle makes a profound and lasting impression on seniors and the seniors’ family for her loving care” and “Nathan can be relied on to handle the most challenging situations with grace and skill.” Both Danielle and Nathan “consistently go the extra mile for all patients and have never found themselves in a situation of having to say, “That’s not my patient.” Danielle and Nathan are truly an asset to our hospital. Congratulations, Danielle and Nathan! VOYCE helps to ensure a quality life for people living on the long-term care continuum. Their goal is to become the principal source...Read More >
Suicide does not have one single cause. Certain factors like substance abuse and untreated depression can lead to higher risk of suicide just as having a robust social circle can help protect you from suicide. Read more about the warning signs, risk factors and protective factors of suicide. Call 911 or the emergency service in your country if you see or hear the following: Someone threatening to hurt or kill him/herself or talking about wanting to die. Especially if the person has a weapon or item to hurt himself/herself. Searching for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to lethal means-whether that is online or physically in the moment of despair. Someone talking, writing, or posting on social media about death and suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person. Warning Signs Warning signs are indicators that a person may be in acute danger and may urgently need help. Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself; Looking for a way to...Read More >
Holiday blues range from mild sadness during the holidays to severe depression. This sadness or depression can be prevented, and if it’s already present, it can be eased. To help prevent and deal with holiday blues, follow these tips: Prevention Basic Good Health Eat right, avoid too much sugar and fat Get plenty of rest Exercise regularly Limit alcohol consumption Set Realistic Goals Organize your time Make lists Prioritize Make a budget and follow it Delegate Don’t overdo Healthy Coping Strategies Give yourself a break – you don’t have to be “perfect” Accept help from others Listen to your inner voice especially when you start to feel overwhelmed Share your concerns with others Experience your feelings – it is okay to feel sad Allow yourself time alone Be innovative, create new traditions and ways to celebrate Enjoy activities that are free Allow yourself to be a guest If You Are Experiencing Holiday Blues Accept your inner feelings and do not...Read More >
Dr. Azfar Malik with CenterPointe Hospital talks about the Winter Blues
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Affects Over Eight Million Americans Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event, such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. PTSD is a real problem and can happen at any age. If you have PTSD, you are not alone. It affects nearly eight million American adults. For many people, symptoms begin right away after the trauma happens. For others, the symptoms may not begin or may not become a problem until years later. Symptoms of PTSD may include: Repeatedly thinking about the trauma Being constantly alert on or guard Avoiding reminders of the trauma Panic attacks Physical symptoms such as chronic pain, headaches, stomach pain, diarrhea, tightness in the chest Problems of daily living such as problems functioning in your job, at school or in social situations Substance abuse Relationship problems Depression Suicidal...Read More >
You are cordially invited to attend a Behavioral Health Lecture Friday, December 8, 2017 TOPIC: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) An Effective Treatment for Depression PRESENTER: Satish Kulkarni, MD CenterPointe Hospital NOTE the NEW TIME! TIME: Lecture 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration & HOLIDAY LUNCHEON: 11:00a.m. LOCATION: CenterPointe Hospital Gym (tallest bldg. toward back/right side of campus) 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway, St. Charles (Weldon Spring), MO 63304 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has proven to be very effective in treating depression and other treatment resistant disorders. This lecture will provide an overview of TMS and how it works, criteria for how to select appropriate candidates for treatment and treatment outcomes. CEUs: 1.5 CEUs will be awarded to Missouri Social Workers and Missouri Addiction Counselors at the completion of the lecture. A Certificate of Attendance verifying 1.5 clock hours will be awarded to other disciplines to submit to their respective licensing boards. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Satish Kulkarni, MD provides Transcranial...Read More >
Allison Olds, Activity Therapist at CenterPointe Hospital and Amy Ruppel, Recreation Therapist participated in a group presentation on Animal-assisted Therapy at the Community Council of St. Charles County Network Luncheon held at the Spencer Library on November 2nd. Allison Olds explained that therapy dogs help improve the lives of individuals with mental health and addiction problems by lifting spirits, improving communication, increasing social interaction and providing a non-judgmental, accepting experience for individuals. Therapy animals can be used with all ages groups to provide comfort and support and to improve physical, social, emotional and cognitive functioning. Amy Ruppel discussed the training and certification process for how a therapy animal can become an integral part of a treatment setting. Her therapy dog, Bella, helps individuals deal with anxiety and stress and her calming nature provides a sense of well-being and reassurance to everyone who experiences her.
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Raafia Malik, MD and Candi Finan, LPC presented on the topic, “Integrated Treatment Approaches for Dual Disorders and Relapse Prevention” to an audience of approximately 200 participants at CenterPointe Hospital. Dr. Malik and Candi explained that substance addiction is often a chronic, relapsing illness which impacts every aspect of an individual’s mental and physical health and well-being. It’s not uncommon to find that people suffering with substance addictions also often have mental health problems. Untreated mental health problems can lead to relapse to substance use. It is critical that an integrated approach utilizing both psychiatric and addiction treatment modalities be used to treat dual disorders. Medication-assisted treatment such as Vivitrol and Suboxone can stop the cravings for drugs and alcohol, allowing the individual to stay focused on their recovery plan. Continued verbal counseling is necessary to help individuals learn coping skills to deal with underlying depression, anxiety, trauma and other mental health issues, instead of turning to drugs and alcohol...Read More >